EMIA NOTES 08-14-2023

EMIA Notes - August 14, 2023




Upcoming Webinars

Recordings of Prior Webinars

Volunteer Opportunities



1. 7th Annual ESG Engagement Conference

We invite you to join our 7th Annual ESG Engagement Conference, the longest-running forum dedicated to advancing ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) best practices in emerging markets through education and engagement.

November 16 (in-person in New York and online): Presentations by ESG policy experts, issuers, and investors who will delve into corporate and sovereign ESG themes critical to investor engagement, and shed light on best practices.

November 17 (online): Small group meetings with sovereign and corporate issuers to address specific ESG issues and gain valuable insights from industry leaders. Presentations by leading ESG experts.

More details regarding the conference agenda, speakers, and registration will be provided in the upcoming weeks.



Our webinars are open to EMIA members, partners, and affiliates; financial professionals; civil society and multilateral ESG experts; and staff of national governments and publicly listed companies.
10:00 am EDT
3:00 pm BST
1. Climate Lobbying Assessment Tools and Their Application to Methane Emissions
(Extractive Industries Program Webinar)
Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 am EDT / 3:00 pm BST
Decarbonizing the economy is multifaceted; companies have different means and opportunities to effect this change. Many of them can develop new technologies and processes that help mitigate climate change and/or adapt to its consequences. Even more, businesses can reduce their GHG emissions.

However, another often overlooked lever companies have is lobbying governments and regulators at all levels. By engaging with businesses, investors can and should influence this activity to make sure it's helping to transition away from fossil fuels, and not creating obstacles to this process.

Do you know how and to what end your investee companies lobby?

InfluenceMap is a non-profit think tank that has developed a set of tools that collect and analyze information about lobbying activities. The aim is to help investors, other associations and initiatives, as well as governments and companies, monitor lobbying activities and their impact on the climate and biodiversity crises. A team from InfluenceMap will present the tools, review the situation with lobbying across the world, and focus on emerging markets and methane emissions.


Joe Brooks, Program Manager (Investor Engagement), InfluenceMap

Faye Holder, Program Manager (Oil & Gas), InfluenceMap

Yuna Chang, Country Manager (Korea), InfluenceMap

Vivek Parekh, Senior Analyst, InfluenceMap

Pavel Laberko, Director, Extractive Industries Program, EMIA (moderator)
10:00 am EDT
3:00 pm BST
1. Setting Net Zero Targets in the Cement Industry 
(Materials Program Webinar)
Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 am EDT / 3:00 pm BST
Cement is one of the most widely used materials by humankind in building infrastructure, houses, and other real estate. Demand for cement is likely to keep growing for decades, with emerging markets being the main consumer. Combine this growth with a complex production process that is difficult to decarbonize, and the task of setting a net zero target will be understandably daunting for any cement or construction company.
However, all is not doom and gloom. 
SBTi has already developed a set of guidelines on how to set a net zero target. There are some good examples of companies that have had their targets validated and are now working on their implementation. 
Join our webinar to learn more about SBTi’s guidance directly from their team. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to ask questions to them and to an EM company that is setting a good example by using this guidance.

Karl Downey, Senior Technical Manager, SBTi
Aamir Khan, Project Officer, SBTi
Fabio Cirilo, Sustainability Manager, Votorantim Cimentos 
Pavel Laberko, Director, Materials Program, EMIA (moderator)


1.  UNICEF: Children's Rights in Responsible Investments - How to Integrate Children’s Rights into ESG Stewardship Activities (Health, Education, and Human Rights Program Webinar), held on July 13, 2023

EMIA Program Director, Uwe Schillhorn, hosted UNICEF's Erik Nyman and Chris Kip to present insights on how businesses impact children, offer country-specific examples, and explore effective measures that companies can implement through workplace policies and practices to mitigate negative consequences for children.

Other Prior Webinars Our webinar recordings are available to EMIA members and partners. To watch them visit our events page.


1. Volunteer Opportunities

The Emerging Markets Investors Alliance could not function without its many volunteers who contribute their skills to our future. If you want to be part of our project, please send us an email at applicants@emia.org including your resume/ or LinkedIn profile, and mentioning "Volunteer Opportunities" in the subject line.



The Emerging Markets Investors Alliance (EMIA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to enable institutional investors to use the power of their collective capital and voices to advocate for a more sustainable future. EMIA "Programs" are activities that bring together investors, policy experts, and governments or companies for the purpose of improving ESG best practice adoption. EMIA Programs focus on sovereigns (e.g., Government Debt and Fiscal Governance Program, Sovereign Decarbonization) and on sectors (e.g., Agricultural Program, Extractive Industries, Financials Program and Telecom, Media, and Technology Program).
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