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ESG Integration Forum

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Available on replay

ESG: From trend to action

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 buyside, heads of IR, governance, risk and compliance professionals which aimed 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.



In light of the situation surrounding Covid-19 and putting the safety of our attendees first, the ESG Integration Forum – Europe took place as a virtual experience.

Using the latest cutting edge technology available, our virtual event platform closely replicates being there in person with the chance to interact with speakers and have one-to-one networking in-between panel talks.

Going virtual connects our attendees to even more attendees, from the comfort of their desk.


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For detailed session information, click on the session titles below.

  • 09:45 AM
    Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum

  • 10:00 AM
    Opening keynote: What is the EU Green Taxonomy and what does it mean for us?

    How are investors preparing to disclose that their ESG related products meet the EU green taxonomy? Subsequently, what impact does that have on listed companies and their corporate reporting?

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Marie Baumgarts, head of regulatory affairs and sustainability office, SEB
    Pedro Fernández, head of sustainability, responsAbility Investments
    Jennifer Harrison, head of sustainability and extra-financial rating agencies for investor relations, Society Generale
    Peter Munro, head of investor relations and sustainable capital markets, European Investment Bank

  • 10:45 AM
    COP-21, net-zero targets and transitional risk: Implications for public companies and capital markets

    Less than a year out from the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow the decarbonization movement is building momentum with governments and investor alliances pledging net-zero targets. This session investigates the implications for capital markets and public companies.

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Yulia Chekunaeva, director of capital markets and strategic initiatives, En+ Group
    Federico Pezzolato, vice president and sustainable finance business manager, ISS Corporate Solutions

  • 11:30 AM
    Materiality matters part one: Learn how companies in your sector are managing their most relevant ESG risks

    A series of short and sharp sector-specific discussions outline the material issues for your sector and share how companies are measuring, managing, reporting and communicating around these factors. We cover the following sectors: Utilities, financials and consumer goods.

    Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
    Utilities: Nicholas Ashworth, head of investor relations, National Grid
    Consumer goods: Jaana Quaintance-James, chief sustainability officer, Global Fashion Group

  • 12:00 PM
    Networking break

  • 12:15 PM
    The new reality: Getting better at virtual ESG engagement?

    Virtual engagement and the way in which we work is likely to be more distanced and in this session we aim to share how companies and investors can use the flexible and efficient approach to investor meetings to develop better engagement strategies. Learn how to manage virtual AGMs, discuss whether ESG roadshows can become more frequent and how to move to stage 2 of virtual meetings.

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Carl Franklin, head of investor relations, Seplat Petroleum
    Isabel Green, head of investor relations, Rolls-Royce
    Michael Hufton, founder and managing director, ingage IR
    Charles Parry, head of investor relations and company secretary, Good Energy Group
    Mark Schwarz, vice president and associate general counsel for global operations and international, Vontier

  • 13:15 PM
    Materiality matters part two: Learn how companies in your sector are managing their most relevant ESG risks

    A series of short and sharp sector-specific discussions outline the material issues for your sector and share how companies are measuring, managing, reporting and communicating around these factors. We cover the following sectors: TMT, industrials and healthcare.

    Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine
    Healthcare: Mevina Caviezel, director of corporate branding & responsibility, Sonova Group
    Industrials: Holly Gillis, head of investor relations, The Go-Ahead Group
    TMT: Jonathan Vaas, vice president of investor relations and associate general counsel, Adobe

  • 13:45 PM
    ESG reporting: Consistency, comparability and looking-ahead

    In this session we take a deep-dive into the trends that have impacted corporate reporting such as the statement of intent from framework providers, we also review the investor and reporting initiatives to understand how much of an impact they are having on corporate reporting and finally we look at the next step of reporting, looking ahead at targets and future risks.

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    Jaclyn Bouchard, director and ESG product specialist, S&P Global Ratings
    Elena Korotkova, head of ESG, Severstal
    Maria Lodkina, director of financial control and corporate reporting, Polymetal
    Fionnuala O’Grady, ESG analyst, Franklin Templeton

  • 14:30 PM
    Closing keynote: How can Covid-19 improve board oversight on ESG?

    The current pandemic has reinforced the need for directors to understand and navigate business disruption. There are important lessons to learn from COVID that can be applied to the environmental, social and governance risks we face ahead. Here we discuss how to improve your systems and processes to improve oversight and manage ESG risks.

    Moderator: Laurie Havelock, editor-at-large, IR Magazine
    James Harley, director of strategy, Nasdaq
    Justin Kew, ESG analyst, Carmignac
    Yana Synesiou, sustainable development director, X5 Retail Group

  • 15:15 PM
    Summary and end of conference


Who attends?

Attendees at this event are leading Governance, IR and sustainability practitioners from across the globe. 2020 attendees include:

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Job title Company Job title Company
CG officer IFC Head of sustainability Northam Platinum
Chief sustainability officer Global Fashion Group Head of sustainability and extra-financial rating agencies Society Generale
Corporate and investor relations assistant Melexis Technologies Investor relations Société Générale
Corporate communications & investor relations S IMMO AG Investor relations UniCredit
Corporate finance chief expert ALROSA Investor relations & corporate communications manager Conzzeta
Corporate sustainability manager Sonova Investor relations manager Ford Otosan
Director of capital markets and strategic initiatives EN+ Group Investor relations manager Stora Enso
Director of corporate branding & responsibility Sonova Group Investor relations manager Uniper SE
Director of financial control and corporate reporting Polymetal Investor relations officer Lenta
ESG analyst Carmignac IR client manager RDIR
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, investor relations FirstRand Organisation & 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 Asset Management
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 investor relations and sustainable capital markets European Investment Bank Sustainability manager Virgin Atlantic
Head of IR Aker Solutions ASA Sustainable development director X5 Retail Group
Head of IR UBI Banca Vice president and associate general counsel for global operations and international Vontier
Head of IR & CSR Sanoma Vice president of investor relations 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 and sustainability office SEB VP IR & communications Veoneer


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Past event attendees say

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

Oxford Brookes University

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


"The speakers and the hosts were very good."


"The platform was easy to navigate."


"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. "


"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

"Great selection of panelists. I thought the platform was very user friendly. "

Murphy USA

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

Hestia Global

"Hopin was a great platform - the 4 speakers in view really made it seem like they were sitting on a stage."



Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The ESG integration Forum brings together some of the most influential people in the European IR community. Our audience recognize the sudden change of pace cannot be navigated alone and are constantly looking for partners to help shape their shareholder engagement strategy and execute it. This event provides partners an opportunity to position yourself as a critical partner to the community.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – which is a far cry from a traditional webinar – afford our partners exceptional opportunities to entertain visitors and show-case their expertise.

Becoming a partner means you will:

– Have the opportunity to support attendees at an event where they are looking for solutions
– Position yourself as a thought-leader and share expertise with your potential clients
– Get virtual face-time with senior decision-makers from the IR community
– Increase brand awareness and gain credibility through association with this timely event
– Generate qualified and targeted leads from the analytics provided by our virtual platform
– Be part of the community by participating in virtual roundtable discussions, understanding their challenges and sharing expertise
– Gain new business opportunities through higher-brand presence among potential clients
– Participate in one on one video chats to build relationships with new and existing customers
– Launch new products and solutions at our virtual event in your expo booth

All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives.

To find out more about how we can help, contact Sébastien Dutrieu or call on +44 (0)7731 533 165.


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