Seminar focusses on sustainable investments

More than 250 clients attended a market outlook seminar hosted by Standard Chartered Securities Brunei Sdn Bhd (SCSB) at Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Brunei on Friday.

The event focussed on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments as well as providing clients with investment insights for the rest of the year.

SCSB Chief Executive Officer Brenda Low, in her welcoming remarks, said, “At Standard Chartered, we have high aspirations to become the world’s most sustainable and responsible organisation by committing to sustainable social and economic development through our business, operations and communities. This is guided by our brand promise of being here for good.

“From the way we conduct our business, how we operate and how we support and include the communities of the markets we operate in, our sustainability aspirations are aligned to United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). By doing this, in turn we’re helping people, businesses and economies to prosper.”

She added, “We are the first financial institution to offer ESG-focussed unit trust fund in the market launched last year and have seen a positive response to the offering. Since then, we have further added ESG focussed options to our already wide and diverse range of unit trust funds which include Islamic investments.”

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Senior Investment Strategist Abhilash Narayan in the evening programme, shared the rest of the year’s outlook and insights on the market while SCB Sustainable and Impact Investing Specialist Alyssa Lin shared the bank’s proposition on sustainable investing.

The event continued with webinar presentations from Vice President of Client Business Team of BlackRock in Singapore Eddie Sue; Senior Channel Sales Manager of Allianz Global Investors in Singapore Winnie Tan; and Managing Director of Neuberger Berman Yan Taw Boon.

The event also introduced SCBS’ Standard Chartered Money Insights, a podcast series that bring subscribers the latest market views on-the-go. The podcast features experts from SCB deep-diving into the global insights and financial analysis that matter to help subscribers make better financial decisions.

ABOVE & BELOW: Standard Chartered Securities Brunei Chief Executive Officer Brenda Low giving a speech; and clients attending the seminar. PHOTOS: SCB