Meet the top minds in finance on the 14th and 15th of September coming straight to your screen!

Green Growth Forum aims to investigate the true impacts of sustainable investing. Our 2-day virtual event will provide answers to the questions such as:

  • What are the main principles of sustainable investing, and what it's role in advancing global sustainability?
  • How do nature and biodiversity work with financing?
  • How to fight climate change, and are emission restrictions and carbon taxes the key components? What do different financial instruments accomplish over time?
  • What is the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities?
  • Are there ways to standardize and make sustainable investing and financing comparable?

Timezone: EEST – Eastern European Summer Time, Europe/Helsinki – UTC +02:00

DAY 1: 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 9-12

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9:00 - 9:05 Welcoming words
Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti

9.05 - 9.25 Introduction and opening remarks
Erkki Liikanen, Chair of Trustees of IFRS Foundation

9:25 - 10:10 Keynote 1: How to create concept and international standards of collecting, measuring, reporting and analyzing  sustainability data

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP/EPP Group

10:10 - 10:55 Keynote 2: Implementing sustainable investing strategies and managing ESG risks

Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman of BlackRock

10:55 - 11:40 Keynote 3: Monetary policy approach to green growth

Tuomas Välimäki, Member of the Board of Bank of Finland

11:40 - 12:05 Keynote 4: Sustainable finance in supporting the European Green Deal: accelerating transition to a climate-neutral economy

Martin Spolc, Head of Unit, Sustainable Finance, European Commission

12:05  - 12:10 Closing remarks

Erkki Liikanen, Chair of Trustees of IFRS Foundation

16:30 - 17:30 Green Growth Forum side event: A responsible future for investing - webinar / Sijoittamisen vastuullinen tulevaisuus -webinaari (FIN)

The open and free event will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 16.30 to 17.30 in cooperation with Lahti European Green Capital 2021 and OP Päijät-Häme as part of  the Green Growth Forum. 

The role of megatrends in investing in the future / Megatrendien rooli tulevaisuuden sijoittamisessa,  Miika Korja, Sitra

Finnish investment in 2021 / Suomalainen sijoittaminen vuonna 2021, Tuomas Virtala, OP Financial Management 

Anyone can invest responsibly / Kuka tahansa voi sijoittaa vastuullisesti, Merja Mähkä

The webinar is hosted by Unna Lehtipuu, Communications Director / Finnfund, Partner / Framilla Finland, Author.

The webinar is in Finnish.


DAY 2: 15 SEPTEMBER 2021 9-12

The sessions are hosted and moderated by Unna Lehtipuu (Communications Director / Finnfund, Partner / Framilla Finland, Author). All three session are pre-recorded.

9:00  - 10:00 Session 1: Promoting ESG development through green finance

Green finance: a snapshot of current academic research, Juha Soininen, LUT University

Challenges and opportunities in financing the sustainable economy in Finland, Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade

Digital Infrastructure for ESG data, Leena-Mari Lähteenmaa, CGI FI

Panel discussion 

10:00 - 11:00 Session 2: How to measure and rate sustainable investing performance?

Trends in ESG disclosure, Wilco van Heteren, Sustainalytics

Latest developments with evaluating biodiversity risks and impacts in investment portfolios, Miika Korja, SITRA

Refining sustainability reporting for companies and investors, Peter Paul van de Wijs, GRI Standards

Panel discussion

11:00 - 12:00 Session 3: Current state of implementing sustainable investing in Finland

From local to global: growing importance of green and social bonds, Antti Kontio, Munifin

Behavioral attitudes and investment decisions related to sustainable investing, Tuomas Virtala, OP Finland

Sustainable investing for Nordic infrastructure, Ulrika Hasselgren, Infranode

Panel discussion