SKILLS is at the heart of a network of influential partners in the investment industry (Media, Investors, Research, ESG Influencers and Scholars) all interested in exchanging expert views.
Our teams produce various international initiatives that bring together experts from around the world to propose solutions for a sustainable future.
With its knowledge of expert topics in the financial sector and its networks of partners, SKILLS creates value-added contacts and forums for its clients, ensuring visibility and development.
« How to accelerate the ESG momentum in Europe? »
The Responsible Investment Live conference gathers European asset owners to discuss and develop their understanding of suitable and sustainable ESG policies. Alongside other experts such as Research Professionals, Market Authorities, Regulators, Advisors/Law Firms and Asset Managers, the conference will address the current questions, challenges and ambitions to ensure a responsible future.
Launched by Af2i and bii, the French and German associations of investors, and produced by SKILLS, the conference brings together Investors and decision makers with cross-border experience and shared ambitions.
The first edition gathered 33 speakers and an audience representing 16 countries and 93 companies.
When Responsible Investment Live had to be postponed due to health conditions, the momentum was already there.
Because direct exchanges between international experts and interactions with multiple stakeholders open up new horizons, we kept the momentum going by organizing virtual ESG panel discussions ahead of the event.
With various topics related to the conference theme “How to accelerate ESG dynamics in Europe? “the RIL newsletter brought together the opinions and ideas of all the speakers, partners and opinion leaders involved in the event.
It highlighted research, opinion papers and cross-exchanges (in writing or on video) making concrete proposals for the development of ESG.
We are facing climate, social and world governance emergencies. The safe limits within which human societies can be sustained, and indeed flourish, are being trampled aside.
Do we have to wait for everyone to make a move, to wait for regulators, governments and leading players? Or can we get involved in concrete projects and impulse the change?
There are hundreds of impact investment projects that have made and will continue to make the difference. If those impact projects were better communicated with large information, they would surely inspire more engagement and financial support.
Sustainable Investment in Action was designed to bring recognition, commitment and financial support to impact projects run by European investors.
SIA thus highlights the concrete impact projects led by European investment leaders through a conference and an award ceremony, with the possibility of an optional dedicated communication plan for some projects.
The SIA Conference & Awards is led by financial media group Option Finance, supported by ESG influential organisations along with multiple European media partners and produced by SKILLS.
The conference followed by the awards ceremony, attended by 300+ European investors, media and influencers, is an exceptional opportunity to engage a new audience with the impact of all projects.
The first edition scanned 160 impact projects across Europe and presented 16 of them to the Awards. 7 Awards were given, divided into 4 categories of SDGs according to the UN classification).
The awards are judged by an independent jury of experts. They are awarded in 8 different groups of SDGs:
An eligible project must be led by European investors (for profit organisation). It must have been running for a minimum of one year and fulfill stringent criteria:
Private equity is here to stay: Buyouts transform and consolidate entire industry sectors, and venture capital drives research and innovation.
The Private Equity Summit (PES) Series consists of PE events in Munich, Paris, Boston with other editions planned across other financial capital cities.
Private equity is here to stay: Buyouts transform and consolidate whole industries while venture capital fosters research and innovation.
The PES series provide a forum for C-level discussions of the “big points” on the global agenda like e.g., ESG integration, healthcare investments and the volatile macro environment.
The Paris 2021 edition also features the inaugural global Doriot Award for the Best Private Equity Research Paper. The Award Jury is comprised of a global elite of private equity researchers from Harvard Business School, HHL, Lancasteer University, JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT and Stockholm School of Economics.
The winning paper was “How Do Venture Capitalists Make Decisions?” as published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 135, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages 169-190.
The winning authors were Paul A. Gompers, Harvard Business School, Will Gornall, UBC Sauder, Steven N. Kaplan, Chicago Booth, and Ilya A. Strebulaev, Stanford GSB
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