Embracing the “E” in ESG
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 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.
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.
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.
We’ll be hosting this webinar via Zoom
Date: 27 January 2021
Timing: 8:30 - 9:30 GMT
CPD: 1 hour