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There is a rapidly growing trend of increased engagement around environmental, social and governance factors between public companies and their shareholders, plus more expectations placed on ESG reporting and disclosures, and it isn’t going away!
That’s why IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary magazine have teamed up, to help governance and investor relations professionals in public companies take action when responding to these growing expectations from shareholders.
The event will feature discussions between the Buyside, Heads of IR, Governance, Risk and Compliance professionals which aim to understand the latest trends in ESG and provide practical advice on how companies can take action to future-proof your business, ensure a smoother proxy season and add more value to shareholders.
For detailed session information, click on the session titles below.
Breakfast and registration
An opportunity to meet peers whilst enjoying a hot coffee or tea and breakfast.
Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum - Europe 2019
Covering the purpose of the conference and introduction to discussions taking place throughout the day.
ESG Market mapping: Need to know for public companies
The Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) surveyed more than 950 companies, asset managers and sell-siders from 44 countries to produce insight into changes taking place on ESG from a range of views. This session will share the most pertinent of the 61 ESG insights produced and set the scene for the discussions taking place throughout the day.
ESG trends: Market developments and investor actions
To set the scene, we aim to discuss the forces shaping the ESG revolution and look at the trajectory of trends and their potential impact on companies and their shareholders. In the first of two trend-focused sessions, we hear the view of the buyside on the most pertinent issues changing ESG integration.
A chance to re-fuel and meet your fellow conference attendees
ESG trends: Best practice responses from companies
In the second trend session we focus on what companies are doing to respond to investor expectations. You will hear from IR, governance and sustainability professionals about how the strategies, initiatives and tactics that listed companies can use to respond to investor expectations.
The ‘climate crisis’: Investor responses and the impact on companies
As an increased number of low carbon industries attract funds, and investment firms get more proactive on influencing change as responsible owners it’s crucial for governance, IR and sustainability teams to influence corporate strategy on climate risk, and communicate their actions with investors.
Workshop on ESG factors and business drivers
Move from materiality to messaging: In small groups, participate in a workshop discussion aimed to make you think deeply about different sustainability impacts, separating out environmental, social and governance factors and talking about how you can communicate the relationship between these issues and your business drivers, receiving peer feedback across three roundtable discussions.
Sit down for lunch and a chat with fellow conference attendees
The Exchange: How are companies changing their ESG practices?
Exchange information and ideas with your IR peers in this highly interactive session.
How the exchange works:
√ Choose any of the following topics – the power is in your hands!
√ Join the relevant roundtable and discuss with your peers
√ When the bell rings, move on to your next table and repeat!
√ At the end of the session, hear a roundup from all the leaders of lessons learned so you can apply these when you return to the office.
Roundtable topics include:
Afternoon coffee break
Take a quick break before the final sessions of the day, where we will focus on shareholder engagement, considerations for the AGM, review the main talking points from the day and provide a list of actions that you can take back to the office.
From shareholder engagement to shareholder value
The purpose of this session is to focus on how to provide the best value by engaging on the most material ESG issues that impact your company. We look at how to optimize your time and use engagement to create value for both shareholders and company leadership.
• Direct interaction between corporates and investors is a valued source of ESG information, and has grown since Mifid II’s enactment. Consider whether ESG roadshow activities will overtake surveys as a preferred form of ESG communication.
• Learn how to ensure the board has clear oversight on ESG and how to prepare leadership for quality shareholder engagement.
• Hear best practices for organizing an SRI or governance roadshow and how to use knowledge across your company.
• Engagement is a two-way process: use market intelligence to inform your company strategy and create long-term shareholder value.
• Debate whether ESG communications with investors should be driven by corporate governance, investor relations or sustainability.
Dealing with monumental shifts around the AGM
To finish discussions, we will look specifically at activities around the annual general meeting, seeking to deepen understanding on issues shareholders are likely to highlight during your AGM: the rise of ESG-related shareholder activism, how new regulations will strengthen the position of shareholders and what it means for company decision-making.
In the final session we give you an opportunity to recap on all the discussions and recap on the set of action points that you can put into practice when you get back to the office. As part of this session, we will use interactive voting to get an understanding of which activities are the top priority for the group from a time and benefit perspective.
Summary and end of conference
Hear a summary of all the points discussed today and lessons to be learned.
Whatever stage you are at on your ESG journey, join us to understand about the latest ESG trends and learn how you can take action and improve relationships with your investors, futureproof your business, discover new investors and ensure a smooth proxy season and AGM.
Some of the themes and topics being discussed include:
If you’d like to get involved as a speaker, please get in touch with Steven Wade on [email protected]
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Leaders Arena is an independent ESG advisory firm working with listed companies in Europe and North America. We are a team of highly specialised consultants offering a unique skillset that brings together 30+ years of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Investor Relations (IR) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) world-class expertise. We look at ESG through an investor lens having previously worked with and for institutional investors: we know how ESG investors think and what they want.
Clients come to us when they seek strategic guidance on the opportunities and risks presented by the ESG market. We help companies achieve maximum impact in their ESG programme and communication with investors. We care about your success and we understand that every client is different. Leaders Arena guarantees unparalleled client focus and maximum adaptability to our clients’ needs. Our programs are highly customisable and focus on companies’ current needs as they evolve.
Some of our solutions include ESG benchmarking and reporting, SRI targeting, investor roadshows, perception studies, ESG rating agencies support and helping companies keep up to date with evolving ESG market expectations.
The ‘corporate attendee’ rate is reserved for IR professionals at publicly listed companies only. All others will have to book under the ‘non-corporate’ rate. Please note that these are our early-bird prices which expire on September 27, 2019. Any bookings made after this date, will be charged at the standard rate.
If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Lim ([email protected]) or +44 20 8004 4989.