4th Annual Responsible Investment Forum London | November 9, 2023 Request Agenda

Our Responsible Investment series is comprised of local peer learning-focused events exclusively for the institutional and HNW wealth management community with a specific focus on allocations to responsible investments, sustainable finance, and ESG.

Each forum is developed through extensive interaction with the local private wealth and institutional investment communities. This includes senior-level investment decisionmakers representing public and corporate pension plans, endowments, foundations, insurance portfolios, healthcare plans, investment consultants, OCIOs, family offices, wealth managers, and private banks.

We provide a platform for peer-to-peer knowledge exchange for the institutional and wealth management communities with focus on allocations to responsible investments in a closed-door environment. Our content is constantly updated to reflect the latest in impact-driven, alpha-generating investment strategies across the entire capital markets spectrum, spanning from initial allocations to managing multi-billion-dollar portfolios.


Rick Lacaille, Global Head of ESG, State Street

Rick Lacaille is executive vice president and senior investment advisor. He also leads and coordinates the environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives at State Street.  In his current role, he provides enterprise leadership for our ESG program to ensure a well-coordinated and optimized approach to our ESG policies, products, initiatives and thought leadership.

Prior to his current role, Rick was the global chief investment officer (CIO) at State Street Global Advisors from 2008 to April, 2021.  He was also the global head of Quantitative Active Equities and European CIO. Before joining State Street Global Advisors in 2000, he held various roles in Quantitative Fund Management and Research at Gartmore Investment Management, including the head of Quantitative Research and Structured Equities.

Rick has a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in operational research from Lancaster University and Master of Science degree in econometrics from London Guildhall University. Rick is a member of the MSCI Advisory Council and Chair of the Investment Leaders Group of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership.  He is a writer and broadcaster on investment issues and speaks frequently at industry conferences.




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Key Discussion Topics

Regulation & Responsible Investing — Upcoming Headwinds Defining the Future of ESG

Whilst ESG has previously been independently monitored, the SEC is moving toward a more formalized regulatory framework.

The Future of Fixed Income – Reassessing the Asset Class Through a Sustainable Lens

ESG in fixed income is riddled with difficulties. Issuers raising green or sustainability-linked debt, still representing a miniscule percentage of the global debt market, may ringfence the use of proceeds. Major asset managers have subjective and individual criteria for ESG.

Equities’ Role in ESG

Active public equities present the easiest way for asset owners to measure their ESG credentials as Norges Bank recorded a 34.3% return for its green equity investments in 2020.

Leading on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in North America

Despite enthusiasm to place social issues at the heart of investment decisions, many investors remain unsure about how to understand and quantify their ability to enact positive social change and deliver lasting returns.

Leveraging Timber, Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Real Estate in a Responsible Portfolio

Alternatives portfolios present a major challenge and opportunity for asset owners taking a whole-portfolio approach to responsible investing. 

The Future is Bright—Energy Transition and ESG Outperformance

The war in Ukraine has catalyzed the trend of de-risking from fossil fuels and developing renewable and clean energy alternatives, presenting asset owners with an ability to fulfil long-term fiduciary duty and capitalize on a major megatrend.

The Great Debate: Divestment v. Engagement

Evidence suggests that divesting from polluting industries merely passes assets around, benefiting only those holding ‘vice’ equities. At the same time, given most asset owners have passive minority ownership through major manager funds, their influence in engagement may be minimal.

Leadership Roundtable: The Endgame of a Net Zero Portfolio

Throughout the day, asset owners and managers will have determined the most effective ways of integrating ESG and responsible investing within their portfolios.


Sponsorship is only available upon invitation and Markets Group reserves the right to refuse sponsorship from any organization or individual deemed by Markets Group to be incompatible with the event. Markets Group forum sessions are closed to all media/press and video/audio recording is explicitly prohibited within the venue.


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