IR Magazine

ESG Integration Forum
Europe

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Virtual event. Broadcast live 10.15 am - 4.30 pm CET

About the forum

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 Corporate Secretary and IR 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 features discussions between the buy-side, heads of IR, governance, risk and compliance professionals who will 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.


AN INTERACTIVE, VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

Due to current restrictions, the event will take place as a virtual experience using our bespoke, cutting-edge technology.

Our virtual event platform closely replicates attending in-person by facilitating interaction with speakers, one-to-one networking with fellow IR and governance professionals, and group roundtable discussions. Going virtual helps you connect with a wider network from the comfort of your desk.

Agenda

Click here to view the agenda as a pdf.

All times in CET (Central European Time)

  • 10:15 AM
    Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum 2021!

  • 10:30 AM
    The impact of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive on ESG disclosures

    The proposal for a corporate sustainability reporting directive (CSDR) is set to increase the number of organizations reporting sustainability information. Furthermore, it would introduce an audit requirement for sustainability information, increasing the quality standard of ESG data.

    • Understand how emerging policies will change investor expectations, and company requirements related to ESG disclosures
    • Hear advice about how to prepare yourself for the changes to your reporting
    • Learn about the systems and processes that need to be put in place to ensure you adhere to data quality standards

  • 11:15 AM
    Meet the attendees: Networking

    Match with other attendees for a short, fun introduction using our virtual networking tool: it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
    1. Visit the networking area and click connect
    2. Get randomly matched with another attendee for a three-minute introduction
    3. Exchange contact information or move on to the next attendee: it’s up to you!

  • 11:30 AM
    ESG reporting: Getting to grips with double materiality

    Applying the concept of double materiality should answer pressures from investors and other stakeholders for greater transparency around ESG issues. Furthermore, it will help companies better prioritize resources and provide more value to investors.

    This session explores how to apply the lens of double materiality to help enhance the value of the assessment for reporting and strategy.

    • Understand investor expectations around financially material topics, but also topics material to the economy, environment and people.
    • Discuss the challenges faced for the double materiality movement, specifically touching on standardization and consistency
    • Learn about the steps you can take to implement double materiality as part of your corporate reporting efforts

  • 12:30 PM
    Co-operation or conflict: The changing dialogue between issuers and investors

    As evidenced by the latest AGM season, investors are stepping up their efforts on activism around ESG issues. There has been a far more diverse set of shareholder proposals tackling ESG challenges and those proposals are seeing a higher proportion of support.

    This session explores how the nature of engagements between companies and investors could be changing, and seeks to share advice on how to engage with shareholders, and focus on co-operation before conflict.

    • As we move from a disclosure era to a performance era, discover what actions investors seek from their portfolio companies.
    • Understand how shifts in investor actions will impact your governance practices.
    • Learn more about how to approach investor engagement – explore how to engage with portfolio managers, analysts and stewardship teams at asset managers.
    • Discuss how best to navigate and prepare for ESG investor activism

  • 13:15 PM
    Meet the attendees: Networking

    Match with other attendees for a short, fun introduction using our virtual networking tool: it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
    1. Visit the networking area and click connect
    2. Get randomly matched with another attendee for a three-minute introduction
    3. Exchange contact information or move on to the next attendee: it’s up to you!

  • 13:45 PM
    Climate action: How will COP26 impact investing and corporate reporting

    Asset managers, investor coalitions and policy makers are set to agree the next steps toward net-zero global emissions which will impact company requirements for reporting climate-related data.

    In this session we look at how climate reporting is likely to change, and what you can do to prepare for increased disclosures.

    • Learn about how action plans from the climate conference are likely to impact sustainable investing and requirements of public companies
    • Discuss how close we are toward a global climate reporting standard
    • Discover how to prepare for investor and regulator expectations related to climate issues
    • Understand how IR and sustainability teams can best communicate their net-zero plans to investors and navigate the challenges presented by forward-looking carbon targets

  • 14:15 PM
    Meet the attendees: Networking

    Match with other attendees for a short, fun introduction using our virtual networking tool: it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
    1. Visit the networking area and click connect
    2. Get randomly matched with another attendee for a three-minute introduction
    3. Exchange contact information or move on to the next attendee: it’s up to you!

  • 14:30 PM
    Quantifying your social impact

    It is widely accepted that there is likely to be much more investor focus on social issues, in the long-term. This has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, exposing issues related to human capital management, diversity and inclusion and supply chain challenges.

    Social metrics have always been the most challenging for companies and investors to measure and benchmark, in this session we aim to understand advancements being made when looking to quantify progress related to the social aspects of ESG.

    • Discover the best practices for disclosing the real value of your societal impacts
    • Debate which KPIs best demonstrate your human capital management efforts, and how to use this data beyond corporate reporting
    • Learn how to ensure that companies have sufficient oversight on social issues

  • 15:15 PM
    Best practices when telling your ESG story

    Companies who can successfully communicate their ESG story to the right investors can benefit from increased attention, access to funds and reduced costs of capital. However, a lot of information that is communicated to investors is not always decision-useful.

    We finish the forum by exploring how and where companies can get maximum benefit from their ESG performance by ensuring that you’re getting the right information in front of the right investors in a way that is easily understood.

    • Explore how best to target investors and communicate how ESG factors impact your business
    • Debate where and how ESG information should be communicated, and whether more emphasis should be put on digital communications as we emerge from the pandemic
    • Discover how to tailor your messaging for all stakeholders, who digest your external ESG-related communications

  • 16:15 PM
    Summary of discussions and end of conference

Previous speakers

To inquire about speaking at the forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 3865 8103


What our virtual attendees say

"I have been to a lot of these events and I have found the conversations to be richer and more insightful than many of the bigger panels - probably due to good moderation and good panelists. I was also impressed by how seamless the virtual format was. "

Anonymous

"The diversity of speakers and the quality of the information and the discussion were great"

Hestia Global

"An enriching and dynamic virtual conference. One of the best ones I have had the pleasure of attending this year. The panels were driven by brilliant experts and event staff were exceptional at making an all-day event feel like one hour. "

MyLog IQ

"Very well organised with a great range of speakers."

Oxford Brookes University

"High quality event with a great selection of speakers."

S IMMO

"The platform was easy to navigate."

Anonymous

"Knowledgable panels. Productive discussion. Easy participation. Visibility and upvoting of questions. "

GCs Counsel

"Really strong and articulate line-up of panelists. Easy access to link to event and to ask questions."

ESG Verification

"A refreshing perspective, focused on bringing forward the "how" as opposed to the "what" and the "why" of ESG Integration practices for both corporations and investors."

PineBridge Investments

Who attends our virtual events

Our attendees are leading Governance, IR and sustainability practitioners with an established track record and strategic governance or IR role within their company.

Below is a sample of some of our past virtual attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
CG officer IFC Head of sustainability Northam Platinum
Chief sustainability officer Global Fashion Group Head of sustainability Society Generale
Corporate and investor relations assistant Melexis Technologies Investor relations Société Générale
Corporate communications & IR S IMMO Investor relations UniCredit
Corporate finance chief expert ALROSA IR & corporate communications manager Conzzeta
Corporate sustainability manager Sonova Investor relations manager Ford Otosan
Director of capital markets & strategic initiatives EN+ Group Investor relations manager Stora Enso
Director of corporate branding & responsibility Sonova Group Investor relations manager Uniper
Director of financial control & corporate reporting Polymetal Investor relations officer Lenta
ESG analyst Carmignac IR client manager RD:IR
ESG analyst Franklin Templeton IR manager CCHBC
Fixed income IR & SRI Iberdrola IRO Mediaset
Group communications director Oxford Instruments IRO Sonae
Group investor relations and ESG Mediobanca M.D. APAC & MEA Stolt Nielson Singapore
Group sustainability manager, IR FirstRand Organization & strategic planning director B2Holding
Head IR & sustainability Cembra Partner Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Head of ESG AO World PR & IR manager IP Group
Head of ESG Severstal Research assistant Gather London
Head of investor relations Cellnex Telecom Research manager SEGRO
Head of investor relations National Grid Responsible business manager Henry Boot
Head of investor relations Plus500UK Responsible investing manager Chelverton AM
Head of investor relations Rolls-Royce Senior account manager FleishmanHillard Fishburn
Head of investor relations Seplat Petroleum Senior director IR ASM International
Head of investor relations The Go-Ahead Group Senior group corporate communications manager GoCo Group
Head of investor relations WENDEL Senior sustainability manager ASOS
Head of investor relations and company secretary Good Energy Group Sustainability coordinator RA International
Head of IR & sustainable capital markets EIB Sustainability manager Virgin Atlantic
Head of investor relations Aker Solutions ASA Sustainable development director X5 Retail Group
Head of investor relations UBI Banca VP, associate general counsel Vontier
Head of IR & CSR Sanoma VP, IR and associate general counsel Adobe
Head of IR & ESG MASMOVIL VP, investor relations Esprit
Head of IR, EMEA & Asia Burford Capital VP, IR & communications Veoneer
Head of regulatory affairs & sustainability office SEB VP, IR & communications Veoneer

 

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Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The ESG Integration Forum – Europe brings together some of the most influential people in the IR and GRC communities.

The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their IR and GRC practice. Through our unrivalled knowledge of the subject matters and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – a far cry from a webinar – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from heads of IR and governance teams. This allows our partners to have meaningful conversations with corporates who are deciding which parts of their ESG program to invest in, which service providers to engage and consultants to retain. By partnering with us on an event, you can generate leads, showcase your thought leadership and position yourselves as the partner of choice to the IR and GRC communities.

We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience at the ESG Integration Forum – Europe. Get in touch with Ross Ingram or call on +44 78265 38072.

 In the last 12 months, IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary’s virtual events have attracted the highest, most diverse and senior attendees and experts in investor relations and governance

 

Partners

Book your place

The early bird rate expires on October 1, 2021.

After this date the price will increase to  standard price booking price of £275.

If you have any questions, please contact Chloë Rutter at [email protected] or +44 20 3002 0396.

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