The Church Pension Fund Hosted Roundtables
Insights & Ideas - Centennial Conversations
In observance of our Centennial, we hosted a series of conversations around the Church called Insights & Ideas: Centennial Conversations. Each event included a robust discussion on the topic of positive impact investing. To facilitate discussion, the Church Pension Group (CPG) recruited third-party experts in this space, senior members of its own investment team, and members of The Church Pension Fund (CPF) Board to share information, insights, and ideas on this topic.
You can learn more about Insights & Ideas here.
“As we mark a centennial of service to the Episcopal Church, we have been excited to share insights and collect ideas that can shape the future. Insights & Ideas has brought together thought leaders from the Church, the private sector, and CPG who have addressed topics of interest to those we serve.”
Mary Kate Wold, CEO and President of CPF
New York City
Our New York City roundtable with Equilibrium Capital, a global asset manager focused on sustainability-driven real asset strategies, funds, and products, brought together individuals from various investment firms, pension funds, faith-based organizations, consulting agencies, research institutes, and family foundations to share ideas and discuss the opportunities and challenges that socially responsible investing (SRI) presents.
“The roundtable was a reflection of the shift in thinking that is taking place in institutional portfolios around investing in sustainability. We had a lively discussion where many participants pointed to the importance of governance, transparency, and consistency in the execution of these sustainable investment strategies.”
David Chen, CEO of Equilibrium Capital
Alan Snoddy, Investments Group, Managing Director, CPF
In London, we co-hosted a roundtable discussion with Bridges Fund Management, a specialist fund manager dedicated to using an impact-driven investment approach to create superior returns for both investors and society at-large. The event brought together individuals from different investment firms and pension funds including representatives from Trinity Wall Street and the Church Commissioners for England. The group shared ideas on SRI opportunities around the globe and the growing interest among institutional investors in SRI.
"The very strong attendance at this excellent event only served to highlight the interest in investing to achieve both attractive financial returns and positive societal impact. Under the leadership of CPG—which is always so thoughtful on these issues—there was clear consensus among those present that we are starting to see an increasing range of investable opportunities of institutional quality. That is very exciting and encouraging."
Michele Giddens, Co-Founder & Partner, Bridges Fund Management
"It is only through sharing of our experiences and learnings that we can move forward together to chart new territories and invest in the change we would like to see in so many distressed countries with such unlocked latent potential. This meeting provided exactly such an opportunity, and the feedback to do the same in other locations was very encouraging."
Asad Mahmood, CEO & Managing Partner, Social Investment Managers & Advisors
Our executives also regularly attend and speak at SRI conferences around the world. These conferences are designed to elevate the industry’s shared understanding and approach to SRI. Attendees often include other institutional investors, government officials, and non-profits focused on advocacy. In addition to building relationships with leading SRI-management firms, these events offer us the opportunity to share our perspectives on SRI-related issues and provide a forum to identify positive impact investment opportunities.
Legal Issues in Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing – in the US and Beyond
- Mary Kate Wold, CEO and President, participated in a panel discussion on Faith-Based Impact Investing. The panel, which also included Rev. Seamus Finn, Chairman of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and Rick Waters, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at The Pension Boards, discussed how institutional investors analyze opportunities and risks in impact investing. The Impact Investing Legal Working Group hosted the event with the Gruin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at New York University School of Law.
Impact Capitalism Summit: Building an Economy That Works for All
- Alan Snoddy, Managing Director, served as a panelist at this conference, which looked at the role of capital markets in creating an economy where opportunity and prosperity are widely shared.