In the fast-evolving field of impact investing, practicing IMM (Impact Measurement and Management) has quickly become a norm in the span of several years. Now, stakeholders are shifting focus from practice (i.e., management) to practice and performance (i.e., management as well as delivery of impact).
In this webinar, we will pay attention to this shift and discuss the expectations around impact performance, including reporting and verification. BlueMark, an independent impact verification company, is leading the impact investing industry in establishing and maintaining trust from stakeholders on the claim of impact. Christina Leijonhufvud, BlueMark’s CEO, will speak about the issue of impact performance reporting (Raising the Bar report,* published in April 2022) and verification (third annual Making the Mark report,* to be published in June 2022), and provide insights on the key trends and central concerns of these subjects.
We will then hear from two Japanese commentators who will comment on the issue of impact verification and impact performing reporting. The discussion afterwards will focus on the lessons-learned from the global trend in impact performance and how those working on impact in Japan could chart a way forward to be part of the global community in placing impact at the center of finance.
(* see: https://bluemarktideline.com/published-research/)
Tuesday, June 21, 20:00-21:30 (EDT) / Wednesday, June 22, 9:00-10:30 (JST), 2022
Place: Online (Zoom)
GSG NAB Japan (Global Steering Group for Impact Investment National Advisory Board Japan) / Impact-Driven Finance Initiative, Japan / SIIF (Social Innovation and Investment Foundation) / SIMI (Social Impact Management Initiative, Japan)
Speaker: Christina Leijonhufvud,CEO, BlueMark
Christina Leijonhufvud is the CEO of BlueMark, an independent impact verification business, where she is responsible for leading all aspects of the business strategy, new product development, and external relations. Christina has overseen over 65 verification assignments across an array of investor types and asset classes. As a Co-Founder of Tideline, BlueMark’s sister company, she also oversees the firm’s strategy and operations and has led many of the firm’s consulting engagements with leading asset managers and institutional investors. Christina is an active member of the G7 Impact Taskforce, where she works in collaboration with global leaders in business, impact investing, and public policy to improve “Impact Transparency, Integrity and Reporting.” Prior to Tideline, Christina was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan where she created and launched J.P. Morgan’s Social Finance business, a novel investment banking unit that published seminal research on impact investing. Christina holds a MSc from the London School of Economics, MA from George Washington University, and a BA from UCLA.
Commentator: Chika Fukuyama, Vice President, Social & Environmental Risk Management Department, Sustainable Business Division, MUFG Bank Ltd.
Chika started her career as an E&S specialist when she joined Social & Environmental Risk Assessment Office in 2018. The office has then developed into Environment and Social Risk Management Department; one of the three groups constituting Sustainable Business Division Tokyo Japan (“SBD”), where she currently works. At SBD, she is chiefly responsible for conducting E&S impacts and risks assessment of large greenfield projects globally in accordance with the Equator Principles, and is also responsible for implementing the Operating Principles for Impact Management and annual updating of MUFG ES Policy.
Commentator: Masato Nakamura, Founding Partner, GLIN Impact Capital
Masato Nakamura is Founding Partner of GLIN Impact Capital. While earning MBA at Harvard Business School, he served as the President of the Impact Investment Club and worked for the Acumen Fund, a pioneer in impact investing, and developed expertise and network in impact/ESG investment sector.
Moderator: Katsuji Imata, President, SIMI (Social Impact Management Initiative)
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