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ESG Integration Forum – Europe

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Leonardo Royal Hotel Tower Bridge, London


As the momentum behind ESG continued to grow, so too did the challenge of keeping up to date with growing regulatory and market demands.

This year, in the context of global market volatility and continued supply chain disruption, companies in Europe needed to respond to these demands in a way that also meets the short and medium term financial needs of their business.

The ESG Integration Forum – Europe 2023 was designed to provide you with the tools and knowledge to ensure you’re ready to meet investors’ expectations and make ESG central to your business strategy.

Agenda: 2023

  • 08:00 AM
    Registration, breakfast and morning networking

  • 08:50 AM
    Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum – Europe

    Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary

  • 09:00 AM
    Keynote panel: ESG priorities in 2023

    Our opening panel will look at how ESG priorities are changing in the context of so much macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty. Have ESG commitments been put on the back burner whilst companies focus on the financial health of their businesses, or is the momentum behind ESG continuing to grow in spite of (or even because of) current crises?

    • Understand the key ESG issues facing European companies this year
    • Assess the impact of inflation, energy scarcity and the war in Ukraine on ESG priorities
    • Align your ESG and financial strategies in the context of global uncertainty

    Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Mika Leskinen, chief investment officer, S-Bank
    Emmanuelle Palikuca, managing director, head of sustainability advisory, Alliance Advisors
    Carla Stent, independent NED and board chair, Marex Group

  • 09:45 AM
    Fire side chat: Navigate Europe’s changing regulatory environment and prepare for the year ahead

    Regulators worldwide are increasing pressure on public companies to disclose more ESG information. Still, they scrutinize the reliability and accuracy of what is already being reported. In Europe alone, the CSRD – finally published this year on January 5 – seeks to bring sustainability reporting on par with financial reporting, and the impact of the SFDR on investors continues to trickle down to issuers. Here we will discuss:

    • Where are we now? Recap the current ESG regulatory environment and imminent developments
    • Best practices for disclosing climate-related financial information in a way that aligns with investor needs
    • How to be proactive and prepare for future reporting and disclosure requirements

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Mark Babington, executive director of regulatory standards, FRC

  • 10:15 AM
    Morning refreshments and networking break

  • 10:45 AM
    Ensure the quality, reliability and accessibility of ESG data

    When it comes to ESG, we are increasingly moving away from a ‘tell me’ environment to a ‘show me’ environment.

    Investors and other stakeholders want accurate, transparent and comparable data on an organization’s carbon footprint, diversity and equity performance, executive compensation and more. As the expectations around what, how and where to disclose evolve, our panellists will examine:

    • Different approaches to ESG data collection: how to identify and report on material issues
    • Discuss the value of third-party verification and assurance in relation to ESG data
    • Understand what data investors are looking for and how it is integrated into investment decisions
    • Reporting and communicating ESG information in an accessible and standardised way
    • Future developments and trends in ESG data: estimating and reporting avoided emissions

    Moderator: Hemma Visavadia, reporter, IR Magazine
    Elly Irving, director of stewardship, sustainable investing, Lazard Asset Management
    Jasmine Mehta, VP, ESG & climate corporate sales, MSCI
    Íñigo Olaizola, Head of planning, analysis and reporting of non-financial information, Iberdrola

  • 11:30 AM
    Get the board on board: effective ESG leadership

    As with any transformational process, the culture, governance and incentives around ESG must be aligned to be successful. In this panel, we’ll discuss the board’s role in ensuring ESG is embedded across the business’ objectives, how governance teams can support the board in overseeing ESG processes properly and how IR teams can communicate these efforts to investors.

    • Support your board to provide effective oversight of ESG issues
    • Take a company-specific approach to ESG: which governance model is right for your business
    • Respond to new investor and regulator expectations around governance factors

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    James Beasley, head of board advisory EMEA, Nasdaq
    Liana Logiurato, NED Intesa Sanpaolo, Board Advisor

  • 12:15 PM
    Roundtables: Exchange ideas with your peers in group discussions

    How the roundtables work:

    • Choose any of the following topics –the power is in your hands!
    • Join the relevant roundtable and discuss with your peers
    • At the end of the session, hear a quick roundup from each table


    • Communicating your ESG story to a range of stakeholders
    • Leading and developing more effective ESG teams
    • Preparing for ESG activism in 2023
    • Prioritising your efforts with ESG ratings agencies

  • 13:00 PM

  • 14:00 PM
    Human capital management in 2023: Standing by your social commitments

    The ‘S’ of ESG is expected to play a significant role in 2023, with rising living costs, labour shortages, employee engagement and growing momentum behind DE&I issues shining a light on companies’ social – as well as environmental – impact. We are also seeing increasing pressure from stakeholders on integrating social goals into executive compensation and renumeration plans.

    • Assess emerging human capital risks and opportunities in 2023 
    • Overcome the challenge of collecting and reporting social data effectively 
    • Understand investor expectations around the role of management on social issues 

    Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Asad Butt, senior manager, investment stewardship, HSBC Global Asset Management
    Angela Gordon, company secretary, Tokio Marine Kiln

  • 14:30 PM
    Get ahead of the curve on natural capital and biodiversity

    Last year’s COP15 saw a historic commitment to protect biodiversity, with over 200 countries signed up.

    However, many believe this doesn’t go far enough and continue to pressure public companies to develop their commitments to biodiversity and integrate nature into decision-making.  

    Market-led initiatives like the TNFD and nature-based targets help guide companies in the right direction, but things are still developing. In this panel, we will discuss:

    • An update the new pressures around biodiversity facing public companies in 2023 and how they relate to climate
    • Understand the role and goals of the TNFD, its relationship with the TCFD, and what it means for your business
    • Integrate nature into your decision making and reporting on material issues

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Edit Kiss, chief investment officer, Revalue Nature
    Sarah Woodfield, active ownership manager, Schroders


  • 15:00 PM
    Investor Q&A: Bridging the gap between public companies and investors

    Our panel of investors will answer any questions you have about how investors are integrating ESG into their investment decisions in 2023.

    How are market conditions impacting their approach, and how can IROs leverage their company’s ESG performance to better connect with existing and potential shareholders?

    • Understand investor ESG priorities in 2023 and how they are changing
    • Discuss the red and green flags investors have when it comes to ESG messaging and reporting
    • Learn how investors engage with ratings agencies and how your score is integrated into their investment approach
    • What’s next? Hear investor forecasts on ESG trends beyond 2023

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Lennart Herman, environmental research director, Osmosis Investment Management
    Gervais Williams, head of equities, Premier Miton Group

  • 15:45 PM
    Champagne Roundtables: Exchange ideas with sector peers

    How the roundtables work:

    • Choose any of the following topics –the power is in your hands!
    • Join the relevant roundtable and discuss with your peers
    • At the end of the session, hear a quick roundup from each table on what was discussed
    • Enjoy a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic beverage


    • How to get started with your ESG journey
    • Managing an accelerating transition towards a net zero economy
    • Taking a proactive approach to data security and privacy
    • Navigating and communicating supply chain pressures

    Irina Logutenkova, head of investor relations, Getech 
    Abraham Mertens, assistant general counsel, Arista Networks 
    Benoit Ribaud, ESG investor relations manager, TotalEnergies
    Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary

  • 16:30 PM
    End of conference and networking drinks

    Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary

Speakers: 2023

To inquire about speaking opportunities, please contact [email protected]

What our attendees say

"Very insightful dialogue"


"Very good talks - full of substance"

Geosyntec Consultants

"It was very captive and Interactive"

Henry Boot

"Topics, format, discussions were insightful"


"I found it very well distributed among panels, round tables, networking time... The topics discussed and explained were very interesting"


"Broad range of topics"

Ten Lifestyle Group

"Expert speakers discussing the latest trends"



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 current attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Assistant general counsel Mercer Head of ESG transformation Upfield
Associate general counsel AvePoint Head of IR Barry Callebaut
CEO, founder Competent Boards Head of IR Plus500
CFO Enteq Technologies Head of IR Rubis
Chief ESG officer Non-Standard Finance Head of legal, company secretary Ten Lifestyle Group
Climate change specialist Robeco IR Seplat energy
Company secretarial assistant Henry Boot IR manager Atenor
Corporate analyst Kooth IR, ESG manager Rolls-Royce
Director business compliance Serco Group Managing director, legal group Accenture
Director, IR Babcock International NED, company secretary Sirius Petroleum
ESG engagement manager Kingfisher Senior IR, ESG manager BAT
ESG governance HSBC Holdings Stakeholder dialogue specialist CEZ Group
Group head, sustainability Entain Sustainability finance manager Burberry
Group M&A legal counsel ArcelorMittal Sustainability officer Arion Bank
Head of capital markets AEDAS Homes VP, general counsel EU and Asia ICL Group


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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 in-person 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 which 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 governance communities.

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