Events

Fall 2017

Date - Time:
10/16/2017 - 14:00 to 15:00
Location:
Van Eck Associates Corporation
New York, NY
Participants:
Rajeeva Bandaranaike, Colombo Stock Exchange | Niroshan Wijesundere, Colombo Stock Exchange | Anthony Sassine, VanEck | Melanie Paty, Principles for Responsible Investment | Bruno Bastit, Quetzal Strategy | Jacque Safra, Safra National Bank
Description:
On October 16, 2017, the Alliance hosted a discussion with Mr. Rajeeva Bandaranaike, the CEO of the Colombo Stock Exchange, on corporate governance issues in Sri Lanka. As the Exchange’s listing rules play a crucial role in shaping corporate governance practices, the event presented an opportunity for investors to understand and address challenges to promoting good governance and operational transparency. The occasion also allowed for dialogue between investors and the leadership of the...

Fall 2017

Date - Time:
10/12/2017 - 10:30 to 11:30
Location:
Bloomberg LP
Washington, DC
Participants:
Lorena Rivero, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico | Kathrin Frauscher, Open Contracting Partnership | Marcela Rozo, World Bank Group | John Greenwood, Goldman Sachs | Anthony Wong, J.P. Morgan | Mariana Quidel, Astris Finance | Bernhard Obenhuber, CountryRisk
Description:
Discussion With Lorena Rivero, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico Kathrin Frauscher, Open Contracting Partnership (OCP)   Inefficiency and corruption in public procurement represents a massive fiscal burden for emerging markets. The UN estimates that corruption and fraud may amount to 20-25% of procurement budgets. Spending on public procurement globally represents $9.5 trillion each year or 15% of global GDP. Mexico has been at the forefront of addressing this...

Spring 2017

Date - Time:
04/05/2017 - 17:30 to 20:30
Location:
Thomson Reuters
3 Times Square
New York, NY 10007
Participants:
Ric Marshall, MSCI ESG Research | Ashley Schulten, BlackRock | Diederik Timmer, Sustainalytics | Jack Deino, Blackrock | Jamieson Odell, Caravel Asset Management | Claire Veuthey, Wells Fargo | Cary Krosinsky, Brown University
Description:
In recent years, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing has grown in popularity in virtually all asset classes. Despite the robust performance of many ESG indexes since the global financial crisis, investors still express skepticism about alpha potential or ascribe the observed benefits to more traditional factors. This is especially true among emerging market (EM) investors where ESG is poorly understood. This event will address the current ESG product landscape, key ESG...

Fall 2016

Date - Time:
09/14/2016 - 17:30 to 20:00
Location:
Citigroup
New York, NY
Participants:
Sam Block, MSCI ESG Research | Bonnie Gestring, Earthworks | Ross Hamilton, International Council on Metals and Mining | Upmanu Lall, Columbia University Water Center | Frederick Isleib III, Manulife Asset Management
Description:
The Samarco tailings dam failure, the community opposition to Newmont Mining’s Conga project and Southern Copper’s Tia Maria projects in Peru, and the issue of declining water supplies in Chile have highlighted the importance of water related risks in the mining sector. Several trends suggest that water (intake and discharge) will increasingly become a primary risk in mining investments: (1) More waste must be securely stored as falling grades require more ore to be processed. (2) Mining...

Spring 2016

Date - Time:
04/07/2016 - 17:30
Location:
320 Park Avenue at 51st St.
12th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Participants:
Gavin Hayman, Open Contracting Initiative | Robert Hunja, World Bank | Maria Margarita Zuleta, Government of Colombia | Michael McDermott, AIG Asset Management Group
Description:
Trillions of dollars are spent every year through government contracting of projects and services, about 15% of global GDP. The contracting process is often inefficient and a vector for corruption. It can result in the downfall of projects and of companies that receive contracts, as recent developments in Brazil have shown. There are emerging policies and practices, including making the contracting process more open, fair, and transparent, that can help improve efficiency and reduce corruption...

Fall 2015

Date - Time:
12/09/2015 - 17:30 to 20:00
Location:
Societe Generale
245 Park Avenue at 46th Street
New York, NY
Participants:
Edgardo Sternberg, Loomis Sayles | Michael Brodsky, Deloitte Advisory | Stephen Davis, Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance | Ric Marshall, MSCI ESG Research | Christian Plath, Moody's
Description:
After ending 2014 with major corporate scandals in China (GlaxoSmithKline), Brazil (Petrobras) and Portugal (Banco Espírito Santo), some investors thought we were back to business as usual in 2015. Instead, Brazil’s Operação Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash) corruption probe mushroomed to an even broader investigation that has entwined senior management at some of the country’s largest corporations and dragged a number of bonds and stocks to distressed levels. These recent scandals are happening...

Spring 2015

Date - Time:
05/11/2015 - 17:30
Location:
Bloomberg LP
731 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Participants:
H.E. Luis Miguel Castilla, Ambassador of Peru to the United States | Ian Gary, Oxfam America | Michael Jarvis, World Bank | Reg Manhas, Kosmos Energy | Brian Luther Carter, BNP Paribas Asset Mgmt
Description:
Increased oil & gas and metals & mining transparency will be addressed from government, industry, and civil society perspectives. What is the role of global initiatives and national regulations in improving extractive industries transparency? How can investors assess the level of transparency in the natural resources sector? What investment value can be generated by increased transparency? What role can investors play in supporting mandatory disclosure requirements? How can analysts...

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Governance in the News

09/28/2017

International experience suggests that an effective anti-corruption strategy for Latin America requires strong legal frameworks, vigorous enforcement, and perseverance. As well, strong national ownership and leadership are critical to maintain broad public support for such efforts. A big push on multiple fronts is needed to dramatically shift societal expectations.

09/21/2017

Corruption in Latin America is high -- broadly on par with other emerging markets but is substantially worse than in advanced economies. Weaknesses in fiscal transparency, public procurement, state enterprise governance and legal enforcement rank among the leading factors. Tackling corruption will require a major shift in realigning incentives and expectations through forceful policies and collective efforts.

09/13/2017

Since 2005, 147 countries and 178 subnational governments carried out PEFA assessments of their record in executing spending plans. European and Central Asian countries showed the most success, and Sub-Saharan African countries the least. Subnational governments generally had a poorer record than national governments.

08/09/2017

Nigeria recently launched an innovative open data portal that is enhancing transparency and citizens' participation in public procurement and service delivery. But the portal's likely exclusion of defense and security spending threatens to undercut its contribution to fighting corruption.

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