Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) is shaping corporate strategy, reporting and governance as well as relations with investors and shareholders. During this presentation, we will endeavour to take you on a journey through what we see as the potential issues, the risks associated with these issues and how to appropriately mitigate these risks. We will talk you through some real life examples.
What was, until relatively recently, a loose theory operating alongside broader Corporate Social Responsibility, is now a more distinct and independent driver of corporate, board and shareholder behaviours. It has been underpinned by shift in consumer and societal demands, purchasing decisions increasingly influenced by stated ESG credentials and, since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, a view that businesses that adhere to ESG are more resilient, and will ensure longer term shareholder value, in the face of the array of systemic risks, whether they be pandemic related, supply and value chain, or digital.
ESG ranges from climate change, resource use, equal opportunities, human rights and broader business ethics ranging from anti-corruption ordinance through to remuneration and political lobbying. Each passing month sees a growing body of legislation and regulation in both developed and emerging economies, the aim of which is to give teeth to the broader objectives of ESG.
By the end of the event, delegates will be able to demonstrate a better understand of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) by:
- Listing the issues and risks associated with ESG
- Identify ways to mitigate the various types of risks
- Understanding of how it works in practice, using case studies