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ESG integration: Global and regional trends and tools: A closer Look at PRI’s African Climate Awareness Initiative

Broadcast on Mar 24, 2021 from Livestream: Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Francophone Africa 2021 Virtual

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  • Unpacking the key elements of climate awareness within a Francophone and pan-African context
  • Overview of global and regional trends in ESG integration: How African investors can develop their capacity to integrate ESG into portfolios
  • How to empower African investors to make informed decisions on ESG integration and responsible investment
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Speaker

Nicole Martens

Nicole Martens

Director, Martens Impact Advisory and Acting Head of Africa & Middle East,

UNPRI

Nicole Martens

Nicole Martens

Director, Martens Impact Advisory and Acting Head of Africa & Middle East, at UNPRI

I am passionate about sustainable development in general and about developing pragmatic and impactful strategies for Africa’s just transition to a low carbon economy in response to the climate emergency.

As a Development Economist, I have dedicated my career to the provision of strategic advisory services in the development space. I have worked with local and international clients across the public and private sector on the design and implementation of strategies aimed at achieving large-scale developmental impact. My work includes a special focus on the identification of innovative finance mechanisms for generating financial return and impact, specifically with reference to integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment processes i.e. responsible investment.

In recent years, my focus has been on identifying and addressing the needs of African investors with respect to integrating ESG into investment processes in an effort to foster the maximisation of long-term sustainable financial returns across the continent. I have specialised in the initiation and management of key stakeholder relationships and partnerships across the region, including those with investors as well as with policymakers and regulators, academic institutions and mission driven organisations.

My work has included the design and roll-out of initiatives to build capacity amongst investors and other organisations on ESG integration and responsible investment approaches – specifically, developing content for and then facilitating workshops, webinars and online learning tools.

I currently sit on a number of committees and working groups where I provide insight on international trends and developments with respect to responsible investment and represent the needs of African investors in this regard. These include:

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