ESG Integration Forum

Thursday, December 6, 2018

New York, NY

Develop an integrated approach around investor expectations on ESG issues

Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine are partnering to help companies respond to the growing demand for improved ESG practices and disclosures with an integrated approach to environmental, social and governance related risks.

The ESG integration forum brings investor relations, governance, risk and compliance experts together to explore the underlying factors that have driven the rise of ESG, deepen shareholder engagement, help companies identify and act on material risks, and better manage shareholder proposals.


  • 08:00 AM
    Registration and networking breakfast

  • 08:45 AM
    Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum | Taking a cohesive approach to long-term success

  • 09:00 AM
    The driving force of ESG – values and value

    Why is ESG important for investors and shareholders, and why should companies take interest? This session will share views on what is really driving investor interest in ESG and why it is important.

    • Has the shift from active to passive money put more importance on environmental, and social governance?
    • Are activist investors taking a more socially responsible approach?
    • Does good environmental and social performance provide the best value for your shareholders?
    • What other mega-trends are influencing investor expectations around ESG disclosure
  • 10:00 AM
    Morning refreshment and networking break

  • 10:30 AM
    Taking an integrated approach to ESG risks and opportunities

    How Investor Relations and Corporate Governance teams can collaborate to respond to investor expectations on material Environmental, Social and Governance risks (and opportunities.)

    • “Our shareholders and investors don’t ask ESG questions” – what isn’t being said in your engagements but is influencing investment and voting decisions? How big is the gap between corporate and investors’ definition of material ESG risks?
    • How important is the role of proxy advisors, rating agencies and sustainability indexes? How should you work better with these parties?
    • How better to leverage knowledge and resources within your companies?
  • 11:30 AM
    Trends in shareholder proposals: Review of the latest proxy season

    Hear discussions about the hot issues that have topped the list of shareholder proposals, then discuss what you, and the actions that management can take to address these concerns.

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking lunch

  • 13:00 PM
    Making the most of engagement and telling the long-term story

    This session focuses on engaging with your current, and prospective investors looking at engagement best practices

    • Who is responsible for engaging on ESG, should it be investor relations, or corporate governance? What relationships and lines of communication need to be set up with the buyside and the sellside?
    • Is there a need for seperate ESG or corporate governance roadshows, and how can you make the most out of these activities?
    • Does better ESG performance open-up new pools of capital? What do family offices, socially responsible investors and pension funds want to see?
  • 14:00 PM
    ESG Disclosure vs. Performance

    This session will debate the importance of disclosure and how to use reporting to improve ESG performance.

    • What impact does disclosure have on stock performance?
    • Reporting, survey filings and disclosure is expensive – if we put those resources towards better ESG performance does that provide better value for investors?
    • How do I navigate the alphabet soup of reporting frameworks?
    • What surveys should be prioritized and what do investors first look at when they pick up a sustainability report?
  • 15:00 PM
    Closing keynote: The next steps for ESG integration

    A summary of the days discussions and what both investor relations and corporate governance need to do to take a more cohessive approach to satisfy investor expectations on ESG.



The ESG Integration Forum will take place at the following venue:

Shearman & Sterling
599 Lexington Avenue
New York
NY 10022


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Book your seats

Sign up for the complete experience below.

The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for publicly listed companies only. All others must book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate. If you have any questions or need assistance with your booking, please contact
Janeshia Neeley or on +1 212 430 6895

Book today; early bird pricing ends Friday, October 26, 2018.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Our events provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the US GRC community. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region.

Sponsoring the event will provide:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the GRC community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with this leading event
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

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