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ESG Integration Forum

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Virtual event: Available on replay

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 teamed up to help governance and investor relations professionals in public companies take action when responding to these growing expectations from shareholders.

The event featured discussions between the buy-side, heads of IR, governance, risk and compliance professionals who aimed to understand the latest trends in ESG and provided practical advice on how companies can take action to future-proof their business, ensure a smoother proxy season and add more value to shareholders.


This event took 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 governance professionals, and group roundtable discussions. Going virtual helps you connect with a wider network from the comfort of your desk.


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All times in CET (Central European Time)

  • 09:30 AM
    Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum 2021!

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine

  • 09:45 AM
    [Keynote interview] The view from the top: A CFO perspective on ESG with Stephanie Bruce from abrdn

    ESG continues to be an increasing area of focus for CFOs, and in this session, we seek to understand how CFOs are thinking about ESG, what trends to look out for in 2022, the role of the CFO when responding to investor expectations and to can maximize the benefits of ESG investing.

    • 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

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Stephanie Bruce, chief financial officer, abrdn

  • 10:15 AM
    [Presentation] A buyside perspective on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and what investors really want

    The sustainable investor prefers a specific investment profile, and despite the fact that ESG-ratings among leading third-party vendors appear to be loosely correlated, they all have one thing in common; a similar risk premium exposure. This, in turn, can be translated to accounting numbers to bridge the gap between the rather qualitative debate around sustainability and quantitative corporate valuation frameworks. In his presentation, Jan Rabe, co-head Sustainable Investment Office at Metzler Asset Management will explain:

    • Discover what sustainable investors really want from companies
    • Learn how the rotation of sustainably invested capital affects a company’s cost of capital
    • Discuss why potential amendments to the upcoming Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) should be on the agenda of every investor relations team.

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Jan Rabe, co-head of the sustainable investment office, Metzler Asset Management

  • 10:15 AM
    [Interview] Ensuring the board reflects modern ESG requirements

    The need for boards to have increased skills and expertise related to ESG is growing and there is more demand for diverse boards to provide diversity of thought and better representation at the top level of company oversight. In this interview with Nasdaq’s global head of board engagement, Byron Loflin we explore the approaches that companies can take in their board recruitment, composition, management and education to ensure that they are set up to provide effective governance over ESG risks to their companies.

    • Understand how ESG is affecting skill requirements for board directors
    • Learn about what you can do to increase diversity at the board level
    • Hear about different approaches to preparing boards to provide oversight on ESG related topics

    Steven Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine
    Byron Loflin, global head of board engagement, Nasdaq

  • 10:45 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!

  • 11:00 AM
    The challenge of quantifying social impact

    This session will look into the challenges associated with how an organization can understand its social responsibility and begin to quantify its social impacts. This is an area that is receiving increasing interest from stakeholders which has only accelerated following the Covid-19 pandemic.

    • Learn about the shift from CSR to ESG: the difference in the ‘S’
    • Hear about the findings from research into the growing importance of social issues and the impact on valuation
    • Understand the importance of engaging stakeholders & understanding social priorities
    • Overcome the challenge in setting meaningful social KPIs

    Tim Human, senior reporter, IR Magazine
    Anouk Heilen, global sustainability director for social impact, Unilever
    Ben Morton, director and co-founder, SIFA Strategy
    Sandhya Sabapathy, head of community and social impact for the UK and Ireland, The Adecco Group

  • 12:00 PM
    How to find ‘best-fit’ ESG investors

    Increasingly, fund managers across the world are taking a company’s ESG performance and commitments into account when making investment decisions. As a result, we are expecting to see funds repurpose capital in-line with their (often newly developed) ESG criteria, upsetting long-standing status quos within shareholder bases. This session explores how companies can find best-fit investment in a world where many funds are now incorporating ESG criteria, but in different ways, to different extents.

    • Understand how the new ESG regulatory environment will be driving change within investor bases
    • See what criteria investors are now using to make investment decisions
    • Learn how to evaluate which investors are most at risk of divesting, now and in the future
    • Discover how to use qualitative and quantitative analysis to identify and target best-fit ESG funds

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Mariela Vargova, senior ESG analyst, Invesco
    Audra Walton, head of ESG solutions, CMi2i

  • 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

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Maria Cuevas, investor relations ESG director, Novartis
    Sophie L’Helias, president, board member and lead independent director, Herbalife and Kering
    Daniele Vitale, head of governance for the UK and Europe, Georgeson

  • 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!

  • 13:30 PM
    Targets, COP26 and TCFD: Climate trends and implications for companies

    This session investigates how climate reporting is changing, and what you can do to prepare for increased disclosures related to your carbon emissions.

    Plus, as asset managers, investor coalitions and policy makers agree the next steps toward net-zero global emissions at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, we examine how the outcomes will impact company expectations related to ESG.

    • Understand the latest developments in climate action and reporting
    • Learn how action plans from the COP26 climate conference are likely to impact sustainable investing and requirements of public companies
    • Discover how to prepare for investor and regulator expectations related to climate issues
    • Discuss how IR and sustainability teams can best communicate their net-zero plans to investors and navigate the challenges presented by forward-looking carbon targets

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Claire Fraser, head of stakeholder communications, Emperor
    Ulla Paajanen, senior vice president of investor relations, Stora Enso

  • 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
    Strengthening board oversight on ESG

    Boards are increasingly required to navigate the challenges presented by a variety of ESG factors, and it is important that governance, IR and sustainability professionals ensure the board is prepared, and structured in a way that can effectively manage these risk factors.

    • Discover how to accelerate business action on governance in ESG
    • As materiality judgements are increasingly a board responsibility, understand how to establish and set up your ESG committees for success
    • Learn how to provide decision-useful ESG risk and opportunity data allowing the board and management to address financial risks associated with ESG issues
    • Establish a framework that identifies the resources and actions needed to improve environmental and social governance.

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Kimberley Lewis, head of active ownership, Schroders
    Brunno Maradei, global head of responsible investment, Aegon Asset Management
    Dottie Schindlinger, executive director, Diligent Institute

  • 14:30 PM
    [Interview] The evolution of ESG integration

    To deepen your understanding of ESG integration we speak to Vince Chin from Deutsche Bank to learn about how ESG integration changes the benchmarking of companies and ability to access new pools of capital.

    • Discuss the evolving role of ESG integration
    • Understand how to benchmark companies on their ESG performance
    • Learn how to identify and access new investors which fit your ESG profile

    Tim Human, senior reporter, IR Magazine
    Vince Chin, head of DR investor targeting and ESG analytics, Deutsche Bank

  • 15:00 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

    Tim Human, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Tish Crawford-Jones, investor relations, Q4
    Victor Drozdov, head of IR, Polyus
    Anna White, ESG Analyst, Fidelity investments

  • 15:45 PM
    [Closing keynote] The future of ESG reporting

    To finish the forum we look at the emerging trends related to ESG reporting. We explore the evolving role of technology, increased stakeholder needs and emerging KPIs to help you develop more accurate, comparable and comprehensive corporate reporting.

    • Stay ahead of your peers by understanding which reporting formats are gaining momentum
    • Learn about the quality and types of data that your investors and management need to make informed decisions
    • Understand developments in systems, processes and technology which can ease reporting fatigue

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Erwin Groenendal, co-founder and product evangelist, Tangelo
    Linda Freiner, group head of sustainability, Zurich
    Phil Redman, offering manager for ESG, OneTrust

  • 16:30 PM
    Summary of discussions and end of conference

    Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine


To inquire about speaking at a future 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. "


"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."


"The platform was easy to navigate."


"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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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.

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