Call for Papers: Second Sustainable Finance Forum

Conference dates

10 Jul 2021 - 12 Jul 2021


Online & Onsite in Shanghai, China


Call for Papers: Second Sustainable Finance Forum

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 finance is quickly becoming a core part of the mission of governments, financial institutions and companies globally.

Following the success of the Inaugural Sustainable Finance Forum (Shenzhen, July 13-14, 2019), Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Singapore Management University are jointly organizing the Second Sustainable Finance Forum in Shanghai, China on July 10-12, 2021. In consideration of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic situation, the conference will be held in a hybrid format combining both online and onsite participation.

A main objective of the forum is to facilitate more active dialogues between academics and the industry so as to inform research and practice in Asia and across the world. Therefore, the first day will be featured by academic paper presentations and the second day will involve talks and panel discussions by industry practitioners and regulators. The Conference Organizers encourages submissions of thought-provoking working papers with theoretical, empirical, or methodological and research-design contributions.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should electronically submit a completed paper including an extended, detailed abstract by March 31st, 2021 via the following email address: Papers will be selected by the scientific committee. Authors of selected papers will be notified by April 30th, 2021. The conference will cover registration, flight, and hotel costs for one presenter of every accepted paper.

DATE: July 10-12, 2021
LOCATION: Online & Onsite in Shanghai, China

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further enquiries about the conference, please contact:

TOPICS: The first day of the conference will host researchers from around the world who present their thought-provoking papers, with major contributions to sustainable finance. Topics include but are not limited to:

- The financial market implications of climate change
- Divest or engage? Strategies for responsible investing
- 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
- ESG/sustainability reporting
- Financing for households and SMEs
- The role of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in shaping investment strategies
- Standardization, disclosure, and measurement problems related to sustainable, responsible, and impact investments
- The relationship between climate policy and the real economy
- Central banks and climate risk
- The role of corporate governance in stakeholder value creation
- The COVID-19 pandemic and corporations’ and investors’ ESG engagement

Any other topics related to the conference theme can also be considered. The program of the inaugural forum can be found at:

The second day of the conference will host practitioners and policymakers from ESG-related firms, financial institutions, NGOs, World Bank, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), etc.

Bohui Zhang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen)
Caroline Flammer (Boston University)
David Ng (Cornell University)
Hao Liang (Singapore Management University, ECGI)
Luc Renneboog (Tilburg University, ECGI)
Mingyi Hung (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
Oguzhan Karakas (University of Cambridge)
Pedro Matos (University of Virginia, ECGI)
Philipp Krueger (University of Geneva)
Tzu-kuan Chiu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, SAIF)
Xavier Giroud (Columbia University, NBER)

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Shenzhen Finance Institute and School of Management and Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University