ESG Summit, Friday 22 April 2022
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Welcome and introduction
The Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland
Keynote address: where now after COP26?
COP26 brought landmark commitments by governments, financial institutions and standard-setters to leverage the financial sector to support the transition to a net zero economy. This session will explore the FCA’s role in supporting the delivery of these commitments and a successful market-led transition to a more sustainable economy.
ESG: the new governance – Steering ESG changes in the boardroom
Governance professionals are taking the lead on ESG matters, placing them at the heart of the board agenda. This session will explore how governance professionals can be the catalyst in moving ‘conversation’ to action to ensure that ESG is the heart of the company’s culture?
Breakout Sessions - Raising the standard: reporting on ESG
We will hear from organisations about how they’ve risen to the challenge – and the response from investors.
ESG ratings cutting through the greenwash and the growth of ESG funds
According to Bloomberg in early 2021, the value of global ESG assets is on track to top $53 trillion by 2025 – and a year on, even that figure may be too conservative. This session will look at reliable are those ratings and what is driving the growth of ESG funds and what this all mean for companies?
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ESG and stakeholder engagement – activism
Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) has become a focal point of stakeholder scrutiny and are holding businesses to account for their environmental and social impacts. Join our panel of experts who will discuss the risks associated when stakeholders start holding organisations accountable as well as some analysis on the emerging ‘Say on Climate´matter where some institions want listed companies to put a shareholder advisory vote at each AGM.
The right person for the job
As ESG has risen to the top of many an organisational agenda, so demand has grown for expertise to help inform boards as to what they should be doing, and support their efforts in getting there. That expertise, though, is still often thin on the ground. We look at what boards can do to fill the gap.
“S” is for “social”
The public narrative around ESG is often framed as one of how organisations respond to the problem of climate change. But that “S” in “ESG” stands for “social” – which covers a lot of different challenges and opportunities. This session will highlight two opportunities for achieving the “S” in “ESG”. During this session, Dr Christine Chow will talk about HSBC Asset Management’s white paper “Future of Work: Investors’ expectations of Ethical AI in Human Capital Management (launch 7th April 2022) and Adrian Smith will discuss the newly expanded Dormant Assets Scheme, enabling investment and wealth managers, investment and pensions firms and corporations to use dormant assets to benefit social and community initiatives.
How can effective governance contribute to the global drive to transition to net zero?
Governance professionals and Company Secretaries need to prepare for how the consequences of the climate crisis might affect their role and the organisations they work for. How can effective governance contribute to the global drive to transition to net zero? This session will help you consider how you ensure the governance over your organisation’s programme is appropriate and transparent.
Workshop: the fantastic five of ESG
In every activity there are the “musts”, the things you absolutely must do if you’re going to make an impact. In this interactive workshop we try to identify what we call our “fantastic five”, five key takeaways that organisations of any stripe and size can put into practice today.
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*This is a draft programme and may be subject to change
Friday 22 April 2022
etc Venues St Paul's, London