Finalist Team 2 - The B Team - Sustainathon 2020

Finalist Team 2 - The B Team

Problem:

  • There is a plethora of new, proposed and existing legislation to ensure that financial products conform to sustainability based on evolving taxonomies.
  • However, there is no standardised classification system which captures all member firms within the Irish Funds industry, to recognise their progress in building sustainable businesses within Ireland, in advance of the EU carbon neutrality deadline of 2050.

Solution:

  • Our proposal is for an industry-wide certification of all firms’ sustainability credentials.
  • To achieve that we propose a clearly defined set of requirements which member firms can use for self-certification of sustainable practices. The use of ‘bronze’, ‘silver’, and ‘gold’ certificates based on number of requirements achieved will allow progression of companies whilst also recognising sustainability at all levels.

Meet the Team

Kamil Jaworski works as the head of AML Consulting in Duff & Phelps Ireland.

'I have joined the Sustainathon to help promote ESG within our company

I believe that the real change starts from the actions of single individuals.'

Emma Love is Head of Compliance for TOBAM, a global quantitative asset manager headquartered in Paris with offices in Dublin, New York and Hong Kong.

'I joined the sustainathon initiative because as a Firm TOBAM is committed to ESG and as an individual I am currently undertaking an MSC in Climate Change at DCU.'

Elizabeth McKeever works at GECKO Governance as Head of Operations.

'Having spent over ten years working in the Funds Industry in Ireland, I embraced an opportunity to join an emerging RegTech firm last year.

I got involved with the Sustainathon competition to collaborate with like-minded individuals to progress and promote a better path to a stronger culture of sustainability, which I firmly believe in. GECKO has recently onboarded its first fully sustainable client and we are in the midst of designing an ESG module within the software.

This event has been a fantastic experience for the GECKO senior management team and has enabled us to work alongside industry experts in developing this exciting ESG module.'

David Naughton is a Partner in the Financial Services team of LK Shields Solicitors LLP.

'I entered Sustainathon 2020 because I’m passionate about contributing to the debate on how we build a more sustainable future.

I’m married to Olive, and we have a little daughter (who was born on 5 June 2020!)'.

Kate Rhodes works for Mercer as a Scrum Master and volunteers as the chair of MMC Ireland’s Sustainability Committee.

'I entered the competition as I believe passionately that everyone can contribute to positive change within the sustainability landscape of our industry.

I am an active member of Ireland’s Zero Waste community, and I’m using the opportunity of lockdown to bring biodiversity to my garden, which I share with my family, our rescued greyhound and 4 pet chickens.'

Mentor 

Oliver Carroll is an experienced CFO and board director. He has over 20 years’ financial services experience with regional and global responsibilities, leading and developing diverse teams.

He is also an experienced board director acting as both an executive and non-executive director in several jurisdictions. In his capacity as a director he has provided leadership on strategy, governance and risk management for regulated financial services firms and funds.

He currently acts as a CFO consultant and an INED.

He is passionate about making a broader contribution to society and has served as Chairman of a national charity.

He was delighted to be a mentor for Sustainathon as it gave him an opportunity to indulge 2 of his passions:

1. Developing/mentoring and 

2. The positive role the funds industry can play in environmental development, through sustainable finance.

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