Environmental, Social and Governance Risks

COVID-19 update: the CREDIT 2020 Conference is both onsite and online but we are ready to move the conference remotely, if necessary.

GRETA Associati (Venice, Italy), Cattolica Assicurazioni (Verona, Italy), European DataWarehouse (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), CRIF (Bologna, Italy), European Investment Fund (Luxembourg), European Investment Bank (Luxembourg) and Intesa Sanpaolo (Milan, Italy) are co-sponsors of a Conference to be held in Venice on September 24-25, 2020. The objective of the Conference is to bring together academics, practitioners and PhD students working in the area of risk management. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants engaged in research at the forefront of this area to discuss both the causes and implications of recent financial and climate-related events and may, in turn, suggest fruitful and policy-relevant directions for future research. The Conference, organised under the auspices of the Department of Economics and VERA - Venice centre in Economic and Risk Analytics for public policies (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice) ABI - Italian Banking Association, AIAF - Associazione Italiana per l'Analisi Finanziaria and the Joint Research Center, European Commission (Ispra, Italy), is the nineteenth of a series dedicated to various aspects of credit risk.

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the adoption of European Commission’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance mark important international commitments to the objective of a more sustainable economy and society. However, their successful implementation is tightly related to the scaling up of low-carbon investments and divestment from carbon-intensive investments. This, in turn, requires an assessment of the credit risks stemming from investors’ exposure to economic activities and assets that could be stranded by climate change. For instance, regulators’ discussion about the revision of capital requirements aimed to foster green investments (i.e. a green-supporting or a brown-penalising factor) is hampered by the unclear understanding of the implications of a regulatory change on individual institutions and systemic financial risk. Thus, financing the low-carbon transition is primarily a discussion about credit risk.

The financial sector, and in particular the banking and insurance industries need to develop new portfolios’ risk management strategies and to adjust their credit allocation practices to cope with the opportunities and challenges of the low-carbon transition in the economy and finance. All these changes call for a substantial amount of research to improve the knowledge of the mechanisms at play and to design tailored and effective policy tools.

The final program will include both submitted and invited papers. Acceptances received so far from invited speakers include Marina Brogi (Sapienza University of Rome), Andrew W. Lo (MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge) and Mario Nava (European Commission, Brussels). The Conference will also feature panel discussions on researchers', practitioners' and policy makers’ views of the major issues at stake for embedding climate into credit risk.



CALL for papers

The organizers encourage submissions of papers on any topic within the overall theme of the conference and in the following areas in particular:

  • INVESTMENTS: Green Finance, Investments Principles, Real Estate Sustainability, Finance for Good;
  • POLICIES: Climate Policies, Climate Financial Risk; European Green New Deal, Social Sustainability;
  • INFORMATION: Non Financial Disclosure, Climate risk disclosure, ESG Ratings, ESG Taxonomies.


Those wishing to present a paper at the Conference should submit by May 31, 2020 to the address given below (preferably in electronic format).

Please indicate to whom correspondence should be addressed. Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by June 30, 2020.

The final version of accepted papers must be received by August 31, 2020.

Please send papers to: credit@greta.it



Important dates

  • May 31, 2020 Papers submission deadline
  • June 30, 2020 Paper acceptance notification
  • August 31, 2020 Deadline for sending final version of accepted papers
  • September 18, 2020 Deadline for sending presentations and posters
  • September 23, 2020 Technical tests



Author Instructions

    Your paper will be available for download from the programme webpage a few days before the conference starts. If you agree, your paper could remain downloadable from the webpage also after the end of the conference, until you write to us to drop out the link. We could also use a link to an external site.
    Please, let us know if you agree with our paper diffusion policy or if you have some special requests writing to: credit@greta.it


    We have a dedicated platform called Virtual Interactive Congress. This platform is complete, dynamic and provides a high-security standard (128-bit TSL / 256-bit AES).To give the possibility to people attending the conference online to follow your presentation, we need to receive your slides in pdf format no later than Friday 18 September 2020. Please, see the minimum requirements for the slides file.

    We need that you sign privacy informative and sent it to: credit@greta.it.

    On site Presentation
    The following outfits will be at your disposal:
  • a video projector;
  • a portable computer with Powerpoint, Acrobat Reader and USB port.
  • Online Presentation
    With the due advance, we will send you an explaining document and a demonstrative video for the usage of the platform. The day before the conference start (September 23, 2020) accordingly with your availability, we could organize technical tests for audio and video.

    The onsite poster presentation is scheduled for Thursday, September 24 (see the Agenda).
    The online poster session will take place during the conference on a dedicated virtual platform.
    Your poster will be visible to the participants that could make questions via a dedicated chat. You will reply to your earliest convenience.

    On site Poster Session
    Posters should be mounted during the Coffee Break preceding your session so that they are available to viewers when it starts. The conference will provide poster board and push tacks or velcro to attach posters to the board. We will assign a specific board to each presenter for her/his presentation. The maximum space allowed for each poster is 150cm tall by 90cm wide (oriented vertically), enough space for a maximum of 20 A4 printed pages.
    Online Poster Session
    We have a dedicated platform called Virtual Interactive Congress. This platform is complete, dynamic and provides a high-security standard (128-bit TSL / 256-bit AES).
    To give the possibility to people attending the conference online to see your presentation, we need to receive the following documents no later than Friday, September 18, 2020:
  • An abstract of your paper no longer than 250 characters;
  • A presentation of your paper in pdf format. The layout must be A4 format (21x29.7 cm - vertically oriented), no limitations to the number of pages
  • The first page of your presentation in jpg format, this will act as a thumbnail (21x29.7 cm - vertically oriented)




GRETA            Cattolica Assicurazioni            CRIF

             European Datawarehouse             European Investment Fund

            European Investment Bank            Intesa SAnpaolo



Department of Economics - Ca' Foscari             VERA             ABI             AIAF             European Commission - JRC



Invited Speakers

Marina Brogi                Andrew W. Lo                Mario Nava  




Palazzo Franchetti
San Marco 2842 - 30124 Venezia
Tel.: +39 041 2407755
email: info@palazzofranchetti.it
website: www.palazzofranchetti.it


Palazzo Franchetti

The conference will be held at Palazzo Franchetti, an imposing Venetian neo-Gothic building in the heart of Venice overlooking the Grand Canal. Along the centuries, the Palace was the residence of celebrated Venetian families who undertook major modernization work that gave the building the modern features that are one of its peculiarities.


Sala del Portego – conference hall

In 1878 Baron Raimondo Franchetti bought the building, which was to remain property of the family until September 1922 when it was sold to Istituto Federale di Credito per il Risorgimento delle Venezie by the Baron's widow, Sarah Luisa de Rothschild. The period is associated with the name of architect Camillo Boito, who altered the building significantly, designing the monumental staircase. Characterized by large 5-light mullioned window with interlacing arches and tracery, the palace has been one of the venues of the prestigious Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti since 1999.

The monumental staircase
The monumental staircase

Located at the foot of the Accademia Bridge in Campo S. Stefano, the venue can easily be reached from Piazzale Roma or from the Railway Station by public transport (lines 1 or 2 - about 20/30 min) or by private water taxi (about 10 minutes). Palazzo Franchetti is also within walking distance from the main access points to the city (about 30 minutes).

How to reach the conference venue from Piazzale Roma (car terminal)

How to reach the conference venue from the Railway Station






La Porta d’Acqua restaurant
Tel.: +39 041 2412124
email: info@laportadacqua.it
website: www.laportadacqua.it


The Social dinner will be held at La Porta d’Acqua restaurant on Thursday, September 24.

La Porta d’Acqua restaurant is in the heart of Venice, a few steps from the Rialto Bridge on the Riva del Vin. The Riva del Vin is one of the few stretches of walkway along the Grand Canal; you will find the restaurant at the very end of it, near the church of San Silvestro, overlooking the Grand Canal. It has an historic environment with frescoes of ‘700 and a water gate of the original end ‘500. The cuisine is Mediterranean, with typical ingredients of the area together with fish from the nearby markets of the Rialto and the freshest local produce from the islands of the lagoon.


La Porta d'acqua

La Porta d'acqua

La Porta d'acqua









    We propose an hotel list including all within easy reach of the conference venue.

    It is possible to find accommodation alternatives also by visiting the official website of the Tourist Board of Venice or the Veneto.eu website.

    For any possible information or assistance you may need, do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat: Nexa will be pleased to help you.

    NEXA sas - Conference Secretariat
    San Marco 4571/C,
    30124 Venezia, ITALY
    Phone: +39 041 5210255
    Fax: +39 041 5285041
    E-mail: creditinfo@nexave.org