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AIG Global Investment Group and Paola Ghillani & Friends LTD back economie’s Flagship International Socially Responsible Investment Event, eco6
(CSRwire) London – economie, the international organisation dedicated to the education, promotion and development of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) worldwide, today announced that Dr. Julia Balandina, Vice President and Co-Head Direct Investments Europe, AIG Global Investment Group and Paola Ghillani, founder of Paola Ghillani & Friends Ltd, will be speaking at its flagship annual event, eco6. AIG Global Investment Group is also sponsoring the eco6 conference. eco6 is economie's flagship annual conference aimed at raising global awareness and transform attitudes towards the fast growing economic movements of SRI and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Dr. Julia Balandina, Vice President and Co-Head Direct Investments Europe, AIG Global Investment Group, said, "I am honoured to represent AIG Global Investment Group at eco6, an event that reflects AIGGIG's own commitment to a sustainable future. We believe that the long-term viability of an investment is fundamentally linked to the risks and opportunities associated with environmental, social and governance issues. The impressive range of speakers at eco6 represents a global desire to raise awareness on the SRI front, and bring about change as it relates to ourselves, our businesses and the world around us."

"The aims of economie and Paola Ghillani & Friends are united in a desire to make the world a better place to live in through a responsible and sustainable economy.” commented Paola Ghillani , founder of Paola Ghillani & Friends, “By bringing together key global business leaders with experts in sustainable economy, eco6 will be able to show to the global economic world that it is possible to have a business model that delivers financial profit and long-term economic success, whilst contributing to the economic, civil and ecological development of society to benefit future generations."

International speakers at eco6 include:
Colin Baines, ethics adviser, Ethical Policy Unit, Corporate Affairs & Social Goals, the Co-operative Group Esther Garcia, CSR specialist and Senior Assessor at DNV UK
Mike Kelly Head of CSR, KPMG UK

Reino Fridh, Director SVN Europe, ISO 26000
Prof. Hans Ruh, Institute for Social Ethics at Zurich University
Amy Domini, Founder of Domini Social Investments
Wendy Luhabe, Social entrepreneur and chair of Alliance Capital Management South Africa
Roger Amhof, Partner with Head of Entreprise Risk Services, Ernst & Young
Nancy Kamp-Roelands, Partner Head of CSR Services, Ernst & Young
Noreena Hertz, bestselling international author and academic
Deborah Doane, Head Corporate Accountability at the New Economics Foundation
Dr Kevin Money, Associate Director of the Centre for Organisation Reputation and Relationships (CORR)
Dr Humayon Dar, Managing Director of Dar Al Istithmar London, Deutsche Bank's global Sharia advisory service
Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of CARE International UK
Malcolm Hayday, Chief Executive of Charity Bank
Dr. Jean-Luc Gerard Head of Sales, Care Group

"The support behind eco6 grows every day and the additions of Julia Balandina and Paola Ghillani as keynote speakers underline this,” said Brian Spence, co-founder of economie. "Paola and Julia bring crucial experience to eco6, with Paola's experience in campaigning for a sustainable and ethical economy, and Julia's recent work initiating a Sustainable Future Investment Program within AIG. Both speakers will be able to give valuable advice to delegates from all over the world on how it is possible to make those vital steps to becoming a more ethically sustainable business."

Sponsors of eco6 include Ernst & Young (Switzerland), Global Care – The Stakeholder Investment Company, SVN Europe, Quadris, The Orange SeNSe Fund and SiRi.

eco6 will be held in Zurich on 9th and 10th October 2006. The conference aims to attract national and multi-national corporations, financial institutions, private investors, financial advisors, charities and NGOs. The themes, "SRI – Just Another Marketing Ploy?" and "CSR – Fact or Fiction", will seek to address attitudes to these economic movements and to promote channels that facilitate social and environmental change.

About AIG Global Investment Group
AIG Global Investment Group (AIGGIG) is a worldwide leader in asset management, with extensive capabilities in equity, fixed income, hedge funds, private equity, and real estate. AIGGIG manages more than US $535 billion in assets and employs more than 1,800 professionals in 44 offices around the world as of 30 June 2006. AIG Global Investment Group comprises a group of international companies which provide investment advice and market asset management products and services to institutional, high net worth and retail clients.

About Paola Ghillani & Friends Ltd
Paola Ghillani & Friends Ltd. was set up on 1st of September 2005 by Paola Ghillani , to be active in corporate strategies and management consulting, and in promoting and implementing sustainable development and ethic in business. Since 2005, Paola Ghillani is Member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She is also member of the board of different companies and organizations, among them ethical investment funds. More than a company, it is a philosophy with the vision to the world a better place to live in, through a responsible and sustainable economy. Paola Ghillani & Friends Ltd. mission is to support enterprises in their quest to adapt their existing business models to the needs of a more responsible and sustainable economy, and to implement it successfully as an added value improving their performance and competitiveness. For more information visit http://www.paolaghillanifriends.com

About economie
Founded in 2005, economie is an international organisation devoted to creating international awareness and establishing social responsible investment and corporate social responsibility as the norm. Headquartered in London, economie is made up of international partners from 20 countries, including Australia, Argentina and Norway, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA.

At the heart of the organisation's ethos is the belief that much more can be achieved by working together than by standing apart. For more information, please visit http://www.economie.co.uk

About eco6
On 9th and 10th October 2006, economie will be hosting its flagship event, eco6. eco6 seeks to bring together the world's leading SRI and CSR experts. The conference offers delegates the opportunity to meet, learn from and be inspired by passionate, creative individuals from all corners of the SRI and CSR community. For further information about eco6, please visit http://www.eco6.co.uk

For more information about exhibiting, please visit here: http://06.economie.co.uk/exhibitors/index.htm or contact Brian Harrison Spence, below.


For more information please contact:

Brian Harrison Spence
44 (0)870 366 1531