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ESG Integration Forum – Europe

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

In-person and virtual: Available on replay


IR, governance, and sustainability professionals share best practices on articulating material ESG issues.

Stakeholder pressures continued to influence regulations, investor actions, and company performance as it relates to ESG.

The ESG Integration Forum – Europe was a multi-stakeholder forum that brought together investor relations, sustainability, and governance professionals to help companies navigate changes to ESG reporting & communications in light of increased stakeholder interest.

We were thrilled to bring together investors and issuers (in the flesh!) to share case studies and best practices and answer all your questions at the ESG Integration Forum in March 2022.

ESG risks and opportunities are constantly changing and bringing up new challenges. In the last 12 months, we have seen ESG activism, momentum building regarding policy on sustainability, new diversity requirements for public companies and increased focus on net-zero commitments. The ESG integration forum was the only event that brought together the key functions within a public company to tackle the challenges in this rapidly developing space. We believe that businesses don’t operate in silos, and neither should our events!” – Steven Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine.

The format, far removed from a traditional conference, consisted of fast-paced panel discussions, exclusive investor Q&A, face-to-face networking and topical roundtable discussions. Attendees included investors, analysts, IR, governance and sustainability professionals at publicly listed companies from the UK and Europe.

Agenda: 2022

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  • 08:30 AM
    Registration and networking

  • 08:55 AM
    Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum – Europe

  • 09:00 AM
    The role of companies in the era of stakeholder capitalism

    The stakeholder capitalism movement is influencing regulators, investor activity and company practices regarding ESG. This session looks at how this trend impacts the rules and forces that shape how companies approach environmental, social and governance-related activities.

    • Understand how investor perceptions of companies are changing and focusing more on long-term value creation
    • Discuss how regulations such as the EU Green Deal, the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance and the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) impacts investor activity and company strategy
    • How do you incorporate stakeholder capitalism metrics into current reporting standards?

    Moderator: James Beech, editor in chief, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine
    Mark Babington, executive director of regulatory standards, The Financial Reporting Council
    Ed Heaven, head of sustainable investment, Montanaro Asset Management

  • 09:45 AM
    Stakeholder capitalism: How attitudes toward stakeholder issues have developed

    To provide some statistics and data on the conference theme, this newly added session will share the latest research on the topic of stakeholder management and provide context into both corporate and investor focus in the area.

    • How the focus on stakeholder issues have changed from an investor and corporate perspective
    • How has Covid-19 affected stakeholder management
    • Which stakeholder concerns receive the most attention

    Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine

  • 10:00 AM
    Data-driven ESG strategies

    In this presentation, Keren will share insights into how companies are using public data to help drive their ESG strategies, including sharing the latest research from Bright Data’s most recent studies into ESG data.

    • Discover why public data is so important and can be used to guide your ESG program
    • Learn what data businesses are relying on to help inform their ESG strategies
    • Understand the challenges related to access to ESG related data

    Keren Pakes, vice president of communications and ESG, Bright Data

  • 10:30 AM
    Morning refreshments and networking

  • 11:00 AM
    Climate activism, carbon reporting and target setting

    Investors and investor coalitions have become increasingly vocal and prescriptive about how companies should approach and report on climate action. As investors continue to influence companies via their investment, divestment and voting-related actions, this session looks at what companies can do to respond to stakeholder needs regarding climate impacts.

    • Predict how investors are likely to vote on climate-related proposals (such as say-on-climate) in the next proxy season
    • Share best practices around reporting to TCFD recommendations
    • Hear how companies are approaching setting and working toward climate targets

    Moderator: James Beech, editor in chief, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine
    Jenny Anderson, co-head of ESG, Lazard Asset Management
    Dr. Márcia Balisciano, global head of ESG and corporate responsibility, RELX
    Joseph Oakenfold, vice president of sales, ISS Corporate Solutions

  • 11:45 AM
    Social factors: How to measure your societal contribution

    The pandemic exposed how investors, employees, customers, suppliers and communities can take a more activist approach when engaging with issuers, resulting in an increased focus on social factors. As companies seek to better align their strategies with the values of their key stakeholders, we examine how to measure your company’s societal contribution, and how companies can improve the ‘S’ in their ESG programs.

    • Hear how best to articulate your company purpose
    • Learn how to approach quantifying social impacts in a way that rating agencies and investors understand
    • Discuss which the social and human capital metrics will be in the spotlight in 2022

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine
    Asad Butt, senior ESG analyst, HSBC Global Asset Management
    Professor Richard Clegg, managing director, Lloyd’s Register Foundation
    Adrian Fleming, vice president of ESG and sustainability, Diligent

  • 12:30 PM

  • 13:30 PM
    The Exchange: Exchange ideas with your peers in highly interactive roundtable discussions

    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 of lessons learned so you can apply these when you return to the office

    Roundtable topics include:

    • How to manage an ESG-related crisis with Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate
      Secretary and IR Magazine
    • How to tell your ESG story with James Ankers, ESG investor relations director, Barclays
    • What are the essentials when creating a great ESG team? with Luke Murphy, head of
      investor relations and Bryony Wilde, purpose director, TPX Impact
    • Getting started with ESG with Andrew Johnson, head of investor relations, Frontier IP
    • Identifying and targeting ESG investors with Katharine Sutton, investor relations, Kenmare
    • ESG regulatory trends with Lindsey Stewart, head of stakeholder engagement, Financial
      Reporting Council

    Moderator: James Beech, editor in chief, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine

  • 14:45 PM
    Afternoon refreshments and networking

  • 15:15 PM
    Communicating your ESG story to a wide range of stakeholders

    For both mature and early-stage reporters, the need to communicate your ESG strategy, ambitions, and performance is essential for building long-term relationships with your stakeholders.

    • Discover how to communicate an impactful story to a variety of stakeholders with different interests
    • Learn how companies are engaging stakeholders across a range of different communication channels
    • Understand how investors, employees and other stakeholders want to consume ESG-information.

    Moderator: James Beech, editor in chief, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine
    Amra Balic, managing director and Head of EMEA Investment Stewardship, Blackrock Tish Crawford-Jones, investor relations, Q4
    Jonathan Ekin, ESG offering manager, OneTrust ESG
    Romy Kenyon, EMEA Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Centre of Excellence, 3M

  • 16:00 PM
    Live Q&A: Ask the investor

    Hear direct from investors about their wants and needs by having your ESG questions answered as part of our live Q&A with various investors.

    • Engage with the investment community directly and hear their views on ESG
    • Learn about the topics and issues that investors are focusing on in 2022
    • Discover how to target and communicate with investors that would be interested in your ESG story

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine
    Elly Irving, director of stewardship, Lazard Asset Management Saftar Sarwar, managing director, Binary Capital Investment Management

  • 16:30 PM
    Closing remarks and end of forum

Speakers: 2022

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

What our attendees say

"What I liked about the event was that you provided so many different perspectives on ESG matters due to the large variety of speakers."


"It was superbly organized and everyone on the IR Magazine team was incredibly helpful, proactive and professional."


"The conference was extremely useful and well organized."


"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. "


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

Hestia Global

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

Oxford Brookes University

"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

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


Who attends our 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 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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Why partner with us?

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

The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their ESG 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 hybrid events – a far cry from a traditional conference – 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.

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