Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

From Planning to Execution - The practicalities of implementing ESG and tackling the climate emergency in your portfolio


Event summary

CIPFA in partnership with Camdor Global Advisors are delivering a webinar on how we integrate ESG factors into our investment portfolios. We will discuss the practicalities and examine areas such as data, due diligence, ESG ratings and monitoring. This webinar is free and open to all CIPFA Treasury Management Network Subscribers.

Please note this is a event is held in conjuction with Camdor Global Advisors and your details will be shared with a third party upon your registration. For more information please visit our Terms and Conditions.


29 September 2020
Starts: 11:00
Ends: 12:00

Standard price

£0.00 excl VAT

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About this event

COVID-19 has changed the world in many ways. But the starkest and longest-lasting effect might be how it has highlighted environmental, social and governance (collectively referred to as ESG) challenges for society today. 

The early months of lockdown saw dramatic satellite images showing what a world freer of pollution might look like as we stayed home, even as dramatic heatwaves, wild forest fires and melting glaciers have since reiterated the damage already caused by humans. The economic fallout and the differential impact have starkly illustrated inequality in society, unequal outcomes and the challenges of building diversity. Alongside, they have all highlighted the gaps in governance that need to be filled if we are to move past debate to effecting lasting change. 

Over two-thirds of councils have declared a climate emergency to date, while many institutional investors, including the LGPS, have begun to focus in on ESG. That is a wonderful start. The key question now is how best to reflect this in the investment portfolio and how to tangibly measure as well as monitor the investment ESG profile going forward. Join us as we consider how best to integrate these key focus in our portfolios. 

Who should attend?

This webinar is aimed at all those involved Treasury Management, Pensions investment or are in a strategic role, will find this webinar invaluable.

How will I benefit from attending?

Dr Bob Swarup, Principal at Camdor Global Advisors, will discuss the practicalities of implementing ESG, examining areas such as data, due diligence, ESG ratings and monitoring. We will also discuss key areas of growing interest for local authorities such as renewables, supporting small businesses and impact investing, examining how local authorities can integrate key goals into the portfolio whilst achieving financial returns and generating income for the balance sheet. 

CPD hours

One hour.


  • Treasury management

Speaker - Richard Lloyd-Bithell

Richard Lloyd Bithell

Richard began his career in local government and has over 7 years’ public sector experience. Richard formerly worked as a principal accountant managing a treasury and technical accounting team, and has gained broad and detailed experience in treasury, pensions, banking and accounting, before joining CIPFA in 2019. As CIPFA Advisor for Pensions and Treasury Management, Richard runs networks on both subjects, providing advice and support for officers and members and facilitating events across the country to promote best practice and the latest guidance. T: 07748 396 985

Speaker - Dr Bob Swarup

Dr Bob Swarup is Principal at Camdor Global Advisors, a boutique advisory firm providing investment, risk management and due diligence support services to institutional investors, especially those with complex balance sheets, funding needs and/or liabilities, and investments in alternative assets. Current and past clients include Warrington Borough Council, Westminster City Council, London Borough of Newham and the Pensions Regulator. The firm prides itself in the ability to deliver bespoke advice and solutions that are tailored to each client’s requirements.

Bob was formerly head of alternatives and Chief Risk Officer at Pension Corporation, a leading UK pension buyout firm with over £20bn in assets under its stewardship today. He is also co-founder of the Insurance Investment Exchange, the leading forum for UK insurers to debate investment issues and trends. Bob is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School and on the Advisory Council of the Columbia Committee for Global Thought. He has also sat on numerous boards, industry committees and consortia.

Bob is a well respected author and commentator on macroeconomic, investment and regulatory issues, with his work featuring in the Financial Times, Economist, Guardian, IPE and Room151 amongst others. His latest book is the critically acclaimed bestseller, Money Mania, which examines the themes underlying the last 25 centuries of financial crises and the lessons to be learnt. Bob has a PhD in cosmology from Imperial College London and a MA(Hons) from the University of Cambridge.