Embracing the “E” in ESG

Governance professionals have a significant role to play in supporting their boards with assessing climate-related risks and opportunities


Over recent months, several firms have committed to new climate initiatives, indicating how seriously they take environmental and social governance or ESG.

Governance professionals have a significant role to play in supporting their boards with assessing climate-related risks and opportunities, understanding the various sustainability metrics, disclosing them in their annual reports and maintaining their board’s focus on the environment.

So how is your board driving sustainability and setting the tone from the top? What corporate strategies are you currently implementing to support a new and sustainable economy? How can you improve your ESG rating with investors? And how can governance professionals steer their boards towards excellence on sustainability and environmental issues?

Join our panel as they discuss how companies have been responding to environmental challenges, whether current strategies are fit for purpose, and how excelling in this most complex of areas can boost corporate reputation and brand value.


This webinar will be hosted by Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute.

Speakers will include:

  • Julie Baddeley, Founder and Chair, Chapter Zero (London)
  • Lynn Maxwell, Regional Head, EMEA Sales at S&P Global Ratings (London)
  • Bruno Rauis, Executive Director, Climate Risk Centre, MSCI Inc. (London)
  • Marissa Saretsky, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Pandora (Copenhagen)
  • Martin Summers, Associate Director, GK Strategy (London)

Julie Baddeley, Founder and Chair, Chapter Zero Organisation

Chair of the Chapter Zero Steering Committee, Julie has served on the boards of major organisations in the public and private sectors for more than 20 years. She was Chair of global recruitment company Harvey Nash plc until its sale in October 2018 and is Remuneration Committee Chair at Ebiquity plc, Senior Independent Director of Marshall of Cambridge, and Director of the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement, at the University of Cambridge.

Before embarking on a portfolio career she was executive director at Woolwich plc, and has been on the boards of Greggs plc, The BOC Group, Yorkshire Building Society, lottery operator Camelot and the Department of Health.

Julie is currently leading a series of initiatives with investors, scientists and advisors to help chairs and non-executive directors recognise the challenge of climate change to their companies, developing net-zero strategies, building resilience, and protecting asset values. Her background was in change management consulting with Accenture, and she sees delivering a zero-carbon economy as the biggest change challenge for business in her lifetime.

Lynn Maxwell, Regional Head, EMEA Sales at S&P Global Ratings

Lynn leads the business development S&P Global and relationship management team in EMEA for S&P Global Ratings. In her role, she leads the team developing commercial strategy for new and existing products and initiatives.

Before joining S&P, Lynn was HSBC’s Head of Global Strategy, Structured Finance and Global Head of Securitisation, Debt Capital Markets. Prior to that role, she was co-head of flow securitisation at BNP Paribas, London.

She is past Chair of AFME’s Securitisation Board, current member of ICMA’s Sustainability Advisory Council, AFME’s ESG Steering Committee and ICMA’s Green Bond Advisory Council, and a Trustee of the Davis Educational Foundation, supporting schooling for disadvantaged children in East London.

Lynn is a Canadian and English lawyer by background. She practised law at Clifford Chance, London and Stikeman, Elliott, Toronto/Budapest. Lynn has a B.A. (Hons, Political Science, McGill University), LL.B. (Western Ontario) and a D.E.A. (Panthéon-Sorbonne).

Bruno Rauis, Executive Director, Climate Risk Centre, MSCI Inc.

Bruno Rauis is an Executive Director at the MSCI Climate Risk Centre, working with clients on portfolio climate risk analysis. Prior to joining Carbon Delta and MSCI, Bruno worked in structuring and trading roles in investment banks in Europe and Asia-Pacific, as well as in climate risk and sustainable infrastructure finance research in academic institutions, co-authoring some of the first reports of the Transition Pathway Initiative at the London School of Economics and taking on a role of Research Associate at Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment.

Bruno holds a Master of Management Engineering with Major in Finance from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from the London School of Economics. He is a published author of books and peer-reviewed articles on credit derivatives, banking regulation and climate finance.

Marissa Saretsky, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Pandora Group

Marissa has over a decade of experience as an international programme director addressing corporate responsibility issues (social and environmental) for the private sector through policy and strategy development, operations, stakeholder engagement and advocacy, performance tracking, communications and reporting.

At Pandora, she is responsible for driving the development and implementation of Pandora’s global sustainability strategy, covering the company’s full value chain. This includes setting ambitious climate and energy, human rights, responsible sourcing, and product circularity targets and overseeing the programs, projects and relevant teams designed to achieve them.

Martin Summers, Associate Director, GK Strategy

Martin is an Associate Director at GK Strategy, where he heads their Investor Services team and leads their ESG practice. Martin currently works predominantly with private equity (PE) investors and PE-backed companies but has worked for or consulted with several multinationals from an ESG and/or investor relations perspective, including BP, BAT, DCC, Philips Lighting and LafargeHolcim. He has over 20 years of experience designing and embedding strategies that enable companies and investors to manage their biggest risks and opportunities. His main environmental interests and recent areas of focus are climate transition risk, natural capital and biodiversity, life cycle analysis, packaging, agriculture, and building design and management.

Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute

Peter is the Policy & Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute. He is responsible for developing the Institute’s profile to members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership and lobbying campaigns aligned to the Institute’s strategy and promoting strong governance as the vital ingredient for success in organisations.


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