Economic inequality roundtable - Johannesburg

Economic inequality roundtable - Johannesburg

The widening economic inequality gap is one of the most pressing challenges we face, but what can investors do practically to address this? This roundtable will bring together leaders in responsible investment to examine: 

  • The context and extent of economic inequality 
  • How and why it is material to investors; links to the Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Key issues surrounding how to integrate inequality, including possible metrics, into investment decision-making

This research-led roundtable is in collaboration with the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School. A short discussion paper has been produced to help brief participants. Following the conclusion of the international roundtable series, research will be commissioned to support and guide PRI signatories to take action on how to integrate income inequality into investment decisions. 

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08.30 Registration and refreshments
09.00 Welcome
Heather Jackson
, Head of Specialist Credit, Ashburton Investments
09.10 Introduction to PRI’s economic inequality programme
Katherine Ng
, Head of Academic Research, PRI
09.20 How and why might investors respond to economic inequality?
Presentation by Dr David Wood
, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard Kennedy School
09.50 Economic inequality in South Africa
Keynote address: Elias Masilela, Executive Chairman, DNA Economics
10.10 Outlining questions for group discussion
10.15 Refreshment break
10.35 Table group discussions
11.20 Reconvene and reporting back 
11.50 Concluding remarks
Dr David Wood
, Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard Kennedy School
12.00 Closing remarks
Adrian Bertrand
, Head of Africa and Middle East, PRI
12.10 Lunch
13.30 Close

This event is kindly sponsored by Ashburton Investments.

This event and PRI workstream links to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals Number 10: Reduced inequalities.




Rand Merchant Bank
1 Merchant Place
    Cnr Fredman Drive & Rivonia Road, Sandton
    Johannesburg 2000
    South Africa


10 Apr 2017 08:30 AM - 01:30 PM GMT+2

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