Sustainable Finance Lab’s presence at Stockholm + 50

Sustainable Finance Lab had a prominent presence at Stockholm + 50. Professor Beatrice Crona and Associate Professor Lin Lerpold both contributed towards the report commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Environment: ‘Economy and Finance for a Just Future on a Thriving Planet’, and were among several SFL researchers who partook in moderated conversations and events related to the publication of the aforementioned report. Stockholm + 50 took place between 2-3 June with the expressed purpose of securing a healthy and prosperous planet for all.
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Report launch: Economy and Finance for a Just Future on a Thriving Planet

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and the Nobel Foundation organized a lecture on June 1st in connection to the launch of the report, ‘Economy and Finance for a Just Future on a Thriving Planet’, which was commissioned by the Swedish Ministry of Environment. The report explores the role the financial sector and our globalized economies need to take, to build the resilience of both people and planet in the new Antropocene context. The presentation of the report was followed by conversations with several distinguished guests on science-policy interactions, systemic risks and the Stockholm+50 meeting.

The report and a summary of the report is available at financefuture.earth

Associate professor and SFL Center Vice-Director Lin Lerpold took part in a moderated conversation titled, “Financial flows and systemic risks: Climate, justice and investments”, with Professor Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University.

Furthermore on June 2nd, Professor and SFL Center Vice-Director Beatrice Crona moderated a side event, in connection to the launch of the aforementioned report. There was a presentation by Hon. Collins Nzovu, Zambian Minister of Green Economy and Environment and a subsequent panel discussion with: Eric Usher, UN PRI, Elena Almeida, London School of Economics, and Sandrine Dixon-Declève, Club of Rome. 

Stockholm + 50: Linking the E, S & G in Sustainable Finance

Back in April Sustainable Finance Lab, together with The Global Challenges Foundation and Stockholm School of Economics hosted an event in connection to the report (Economy and Finance for a Just Future on a Thriving Planet), where they invited interested to listen to policymakers, researchers, and corporate representatives on understanding the linkages and resolving the tradeoffs between the climate and environment, social dimensions and governance challenges in sustainable development.

There were three panels and the event was opened by keynote speaker Anders Grönvall, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Swedish Government. The research panel consisted of SFL’s Mark Sanctuary, Beatrice Crona and Dr. Sophie Nachemson-Ekwall (SIR, SFL) and was moderated by Dr Emma Sjöström (Misum, SFL). The topic of the panel was: where we are now, extant science-based knowledge on the E + S + G in Sustainable Finance, tradeoffs, interlinkages and the opportunities and challenges facing academia and the sector. 

The corporate panel was made up of Kristin Magnusson Bernard (CEO First Swedish National Pension Fund AP1), Tomas Thyblad (VP & Head of ESG Solutions, Nasdaq, SFL board member)) and Carl-Erik Lagercrantz (CEO Vargas Holding, Chairman Northvolt and Polarium, Vice Chairman H2 Green Steel), who discussed what investors and corporates need to support accelerating their ESG work. The discussion was moderated by Associate Professor Lin Lerpold, (Stockholm School of Economics, SIR Center for Sustainability Research, SFL)

Finally there was also the the Future Leader Panel – Global Challenge Students panel. This panel was moderated by Professor Sarah Jack and Dr. Margo Enthoven, Stockholm School of Economics, Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum). Part of the ensuing discussions was about the expectations of students on policy makers and corporations in relation to sustainability promises and engagement.

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