Call for Papers: Sustainable Finance Forum

Conference dates

13 Jul 2019 - 14 Jul 2019


Shenzhen, China


Today’s businesses and investors are increasingly dealing with the risks and opportunities of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, due to the scarcity of resources, conflicts in community and labor relations, and climate change. Meanwhile, more and more investment managers have stepped in to offer impact products in their portfolios as investors begin to evaluate how they can invest in ways that can meet financial goals and support social and environmental change. Bridging the gap between traditional capitalism and a new context of shared economic and social value, sustainable and inclusive finance is quickly becoming a core part of the mission of governments, financial institutions and companies globally.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Singapore Management University, and Tsinghua University are jointly organizing a two-day forum on sustainable finance in Shenzhen, China on July 13-14, 2019. The Conference Committee encourages submissions of thought-provoking working papers with theoretical, empirical, or methodological and research-design contributions.

Submission of Papers
Interested authors should electronically submit a completed paper including an extended, detailed abstract by March 15th, 2019 via the following email address: Papers will be selected by the conference committee. Authors of selected papers will be notified by April 15th, 2019. The conference will cover registration, flight, and hotel costs for one presenter of every accepted paper.

Date: July 13-14, 2019
Location: Shenzhen, China

Programme Committee:
Tzu-Kuan Chiu, Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Hao Liang, Singapore Management University
Ke Tang, Tsinghua University
Bohui Zhang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen

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The first day of the conference will host researchers from around the world who present their thought-provoking papers, with major contributions to sustainable, inclusive, and social finance. Topics include but are not limited to: 
• The managerial and financial implications of corporate social and environmental sustainability
• Shareholder engagement on ESG issues
• Impact investing: measuring social impact alongside financial returns
• Investors’ preferences for sustainability and non-pecuniary outcomes 
• Responsible lending by banks and microfinance
• Charitable giving and corporate philanthropy
• Big data, FinTech and financial innovation for sustainability
• Green finance: climate finance, energy finance, and green bonds
• Integrated reporting on sustainable and social issues
• Financing for households and SMEs
Any other topics related to the conference theme can also be considered.

The second day of the conference will host practitioners and policymakers from renowned companies, financial institutions, NGOs, World Bank, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), as well as government authorities from China.

Conference Organizers:
Shenzhen Finance Institute/School of Management and Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University
Institute of Economics, Tsinghua University