ESG Integration Forum & Awards – Summer

Thursday, July 14, 2022

In-person and virtual: Clifford Chance offices, New York

About the forum & awards

Telling your ESG story

Following on from the success of our previous ESG Integration Forums, IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary are back again this summer to discuss the outcomes of the proxy season and help companies respond to the growing demand for improved ESG practices. 

We will once again bring together investor relations, finance, sustainability, governance, risk and compliance experts to discuss the underlying factors that have driven the rise of ESG, learn about investor expectations, deepen shareholder engagement, help companies identify and act on material risks, and better manage shareholder proposals in the ‘new normal’.

The format, far removed from a traditional conference, will consist of fast-paced panel discussions, exclusive investor Q&A, face-to-face networking and topical roundtable discussions. Attendees will include investors, analysts, IR, governance and sustainability professionals at publicly listed companies from across North America.

The forum will be followed by our inaugural ESG Integration Awards presentation and drinks reception. We will celebrate the nominees and winners of six categories and award those leading the way in ESG practices within their company. View the full list of nominees here.


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Awards categories

We asked members of the IR, governance, and sustainability communities to submit nominations, free of charge, across six categories covering different aspects of ESG. Our judges, made up of industry professionals and IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary editorial team members, were impressed by the clear commitment shown by companies in bringing their ESG story to fruition and communicating it effectively to their stakeholders.

We’ve now collated all of the votes…and the results are in! Congratulations and good luck to all nominees this year. Find out who’s in the running below.

Nominees Announced!

To view the full list of 2022 nominees click here.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8004 5339.

Best board oversight of ESG

Best board oversight of ESG

Risk oversight is one of the board’s core responsibilities, and oversight of ESG-related risks requires boards to have the right governance practices. Boards need to oversee how ESG risks are being mitigated, consider how their company is telling its ESG story and ultimately seek related opportunities. Our judges will be looking for boards that demonstrate they take their role in overseeing ESG seriously and have put in place effective committee structures and board reporting processes. They will be looking for boards that actively discuss relevant ESG issues among directors as well as with investors and other stakeholders. Among other things, they will also be looking for board that go the extra mile to access the right information, expertise and experience from both directors and outside sources. This category is an opportunity to demonstrate that a board understands how the G of ESG intersects with the E and S and is taking serious and innovative steps to make that work. 

Nominees

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Horace Mann

  • Marsh McLennan

  • NRG Energy

  • Starbucks Corporation

Best climate action award

Best climate action award

Over the past few years, climate change has rocketed to the top of the agenda. The race to net-zero requires commitment, investment, and innovation from listed companies. This category hopes to determine which companies are making a credible transition towards their climate action goals. We're looking for a clear, concise summary of why your organization deserves to win the best climate action award. Please outline your innovative decarbonization strategy. Let us know if you have a net-zero target in place, how the project has adapted over time to ensure continual improvement during the pandemic, key stakeholders' level of involvement, and how the climate action strategy aligns with the company's overall purpose. Judges are looking for publicly communicated climate action commitments, governance structure, and incentives, along with well-articulated reporting, disclosures, engagement, and communication practices.

Nominees

  • Amalgamated Financial Corp

  • JLL

  • Medtronic

  • Philip Morris International

  • Starbucks Corporation

Best diversity, equity and inclusion award

Best diversity, equity and inclusion award

What sets your company apart? We are looking for examples of a well-defined, innovative and data-driven DE&I strategy in this category. We're looking for an organization that recognizes the strategic value of diversity and inclusion across its business and reflects the community they serve. As part of your entry, you must demonstrate your organization's commitment to a culture of inclusion from clients to the board. Please provide examples of a well-rounded campaign including DE&I targets, review and reporting progress, data, disclosures, investments, investor communications, leadership actions, brand strategy, governance structure outlining incentives, and how it ties in with broader company purpose and values.

Nominees

  • Advance Auto Parts

  • Gilead Sciences

  • Medtronic

  • Paramount Global

  • Starbucks Corporation

Best ESG by a senior management team

Best ESG by a senior management team

It starts at the top! In this category, we are looking for those chief executives and senior executives setting the standard for the industry with their exceptional contributions. These are successful (as demonstrated by their work) and inspiring leaders whose vision and commitment drive your company's ESG agenda forward. We're looking for executives who work together seamlessly to help the company stand out when articulating its ESG strategy; they go above and beyond in engaging investors and key shareholders with its vision. Please provide examples of management's approach to ESG initiatives, investor meetings, pandemic response, and the achieved results. Please also include feedback from investors, especially around proactively managing risks and addressing stakeholder concerns. Please provide us with details of your senior management for verification.

Nominees

  • Josh Ballard, CFO

    Energy Recovery

  • Richard Batten, chief sustainability officer

    JLL

  • Naveen Chopra, CFO

    Paramount Global

  • Ramon Laguarta, CEO and team

    PepsiCo

  • Alan Schnitzer, CEO and team

    The Travelers Companies

Best ESG communications

Best ESG communications

In a year where shareholders have been remote and felt distant, how have you worked creatively to keep them informed and engaged? We are looking for a results-driven digital campaign to effectively communicate your ESG story to investors and key stakeholders in this category. We're also looking for stand-alone or integrated ESG reports that tell the company's sustainability story in a concise, transparent, and innovative way that is easy to understand and engaging in addition to your overall multi-channel strategy. What were the tools and resources used, why were these methods chosen, and how did they effectively demonstrate the company's value? Please illustrate the success of your campaign by providing evidence of materiality, real relevance to business operations and how informative they were, backed by reliable reporting tools and frameworks. Please also indicate the graphics used, the wide range of content types used, what helped drive website traffic, feedback from investors, and so on. Judges would find the following valuable: your objectives, budget, external verification, innovative and inventive execution and evidence-based results. Please feel free to submit your top three video clips, press releases, social media posts, links to podcasts or performance data.

Nominees

  • Chesapeake Energy Corporation

  • e.l.f. Beauty

  • Energy Recovery

  • PepsiCo

  • Philip Morris International

Best ESG engagement program

Best ESG engagement program

Continuous and transparent engagement about ESG risks and opportunities is the cornerstone of any ESG program. How are you working together with your shareholders to improve your ESG performance? We are looking for companies that have effectively shared information and knowledge with capital market participants during the proxy season and beyond. We are also looking for evidence about how companies have used engagement to test ESG policies, identify more efficient ESG targets and build better ESG management systems. Please demonstrate how you planned, executed and measured your engagement activities. How did you identify and prioritize key stakeholders? Did you engage your investors throughout the year? Have you set up an ESG or governance-related roadshow? How are you incorporating your ESG message into your regular engagements with investors?

Nominees

  • Energy Recovery

  • Splunk

  • Starbucks Corporation

  • The Travelers Companies

Mary Green

Vice president, client portfolio manager, Federated Hermes

Eileen Kamerick

Non-executive director, Associated Banc-corp, ACV Auctions, Hochschild Mining, Legg Mason Closed End Funds

Ben Maiden

Editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary

Michael Passoff

CEO, Proxy Impact

Veena Ramani

Research director, FCLTGlobal

Tensie Whelan

Founder & director, NYU Stern School of Business’s Center for Sustainable Business

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Agenda: 2022

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View the 2022 PDF agenda here

 

  • 08:50 AM
    Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum – Summer 2022

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Sarah Jones, partner, co-head Americas corporate practice, Clifford Chance

  • 09:00 AM
    ESG trend watch: How the SEC proposals, supply chain concerns and inflation are changing ESG priorities

    Start the day by reflecting on the SEC’s recent climate proposals, key issues that came out of the 2022 proxy season, and the impact emerging ESG trends will have on issuers and sustainable investing.

    • Preparing for new regulations: what the SEC’s proposed climate rules mean for public companies
    • Explore the long-term legacy of Covid-19 on ESG: how has the landscape of ESG shifted in the US
    • How inflation, sanctions and changing supply lines will impact investor expectations

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Cynthia Curtis, SVP and corporate sustainability officer, JLL
    John Miller, director, ESG and sustainability policy, Cowen
    Sandra J. Peters, senior head of CFA Institute and investor advisory committee member, SEC

  • 09:45 AM
    Environment update: Addressing increased expectations on climate

    This year’s proxy season saw a record number of environmental proposals filed by investors. This, combined with the SEC’s proposed rule on climate risk disclosures, has brought unprecedented attention to the ‘E’ of ESG.

    • Hear about key developments in shareholder climate proposals coming out of the latest proxy season
    • Discuss how the SEC’s proposals around climate risk disclosure will impact company reporting
    • Learn about how companies are responding to shareholder and regulatory expectations on climate

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Amanda Cimaglia, vice president, ESG, The AZEK Company
    Chris Fenwick, ESG programme director, OneTrust
    Bruce Kahn, executive director, climate solutions specialist, MSCI

  • 10:30 AM
    Morning networking break

  • 10:45 AM
    Fire-side chat: Aligning your ESG story with your equity story

    Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Confirmed representative, FINN Partners

  • 11:15 AM
    Building and communicating an impactful ESG narrative

    Join this session to learn how to engage more stakeholders with your ESG story, and ensure that shareholders understand the material issues facing your business. 

    • Trends in communicating and reporting ESG information to shareholders
    • The impact of the ISSB: the first steps towards a globally recognised ESG reporting standard?
    • The social responsibility of companies in 2022: how have stakeholder expectations of public companies changed?

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Renee Campbell, senior vice president, investor relations & treasurer, Valmont Industries
    U-Jin Lee, VP, business development, AlphaSense
    Tanya Rakpraja, managing director, corporate responsibility and government relations, Annaly Capital
    Sudi Setlur, vice president, ESG and non-profit advisory, Corbin Advisors

     

  • 12:15 PM
    Governance update: Privacy, pay and politics

    This session examines the governance issues which are top of mind for stakeholders. Learn how issuers can navigate the governance challenges of today, and disclose around their governance risk management

    • Governance trends this proxy season: responding to evolving shareholder needs
    • Hear about key issues regarding executive pay planning during periods of economic uncertainty and developments for companies linking compensation to ESG performance
    • Learn how companies can navigate responsible political engagement

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Anthony Garcia, director of responsible investing, Nuveen
    Paul Koppel, partner, Clifford Chance
    Gabrielle Wolf, director, Innisfree

  • 13:00 PM
    Lunch

  • 14:00 PM
    Social update: How human capital factors are changing sustainable investing

    Monumental shifts in the labor market and working practice have impacted. The combination of ‘The Great Resignation’, rising cost of living and an increased focus on diversity is causing investors and companies to re-evaluate the impacts human capital issues are having on businesses.

    • How has the pandemic changed the conversation around human capital management?
    • Advice on setting and implementing effective board diversity targets
    • Going beyond targets: what are the next steps for companies looking to turn social goals into action?

    Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Tejal Patel, corporate governance director, SOC Investment Group

  • 14:30 PM
    Benchmarking your ESG performance

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, IR Magazine & Corporate Secretary
    Confirmed representative, IHS Markit

  • 15:00 PM
    ESG and the board: Preparing for effective oversight of ESG issues

    Set your board up for success by providing support, data and structures to address overarching ESG issues.

    • How to effectively support your board in driving ESG change internally
    • Discuss the governance structures that are needed to provide sufficient ESG risk management
    • Learn about what investors want in terms of board composition

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Richard Gluckselig, VP, associate general counsel, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
    Steve Nickelsburg, partner, Clifford Chance

  • 15:45 PM
    Champagne roundtables: Exchange ideas with your peers in highly interactive roundtable 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
    • When the bell rings, move on to your next table and repeat!
    • Enjoy a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic beverage
    • 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:

    • Proxy season 2022: Learning from the latest AGM season
    • Where does ESG sit at your company?
    • Meet the manager: Learn about investor ESG expectations direct from a socially responsible investor
    • Reporting trends: How to stay ahead of the curve on ESG disclosures
  • 16:30 PM
    Drinks reception and awards presentations

  • 18:00 PM
    End of conference

Speakers include:

We are adding new speakers daily, so be sure to check back frequently for updates. To inquire about speaking at the 2022 forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 7889 883 457


What our attendees say

"Timely topics; opportunity to network; opportunity to deep dive with a small group on a current ESG topic"

Medtronic

"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

"Good speakers and breadth of experience - very topical"

Cantor Fitzgerald

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

Murphy USA

"Relevant content and solid speaker line-up"

Aecon Group

"The agenda was informative and fast-paced; the presenters were knowledgeable and engaging."

ExxonMobil

"Platform was great, sessions were short and impactful."

Anonymous

"The choice of topics were excellent. The credibility of the speakers and making the forum interactive kept me engaged.

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ANSYS

Who attends our events

Our attendees are leading IR and GRC practitioners with an established track record and strategic role within their company.

Below is a sample of some of our past attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
AVP strategy & sustainability Canadian Western Bank Head of investor relations, Americas Omron Corporation
CCO Edgewood Management Partner Fox Rothschild
CEO Curley Global IR President and CEO Sarmaya Capital Corp
CFO 5N Plus Senior associate, financial reporting Crescita Therapeutic
CFO Lithium Americas Senior director of corporate strategy and development Enviva
Chief citizenship officer California Water Service Senior investor relations analyst Pinterest
Chief legal and compliance officer and secretary II-VI Incorporated Senior investor relations analyst eHealth
Chief of staff Omni Logistics Senior investor relations analyst Opentext
Corporate compliance manager Huntington Ingalls Industries Senior investor relations representative American Financial Group
Corporate VP and chief of staff Huron Consulting Group Senior manager, ESG F5
Counsel, corporate and securities The Kraft Heinz Company Senior manager, investor relations & corporate communications Sarepta Therapeutics
DEI director PGE Strategic partner Metagnosis Consulting
Director Kraft Heinz SVP and head of shareholder services Citizens Financial Group
Director corporate responsibility Quest Diagnostics SVP, corporate secretary Kearny Bank
Director, corporate governance Exchange Bank of Canada SVP, general counsel Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Director, EH&S Park Ohi SVP, investor relations JLL
Director, ESG & public policy Enbridge VP, capital markets & strategy Calfrac Well Services
Director, investor relations Brown-Forman VP, communications and IR Opiant
Director, IR, corporate communications and ESG Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings VP, corporate social responsibility Zillow Group
Director, research and thought leadership CPA Ontario VP, deputy general counsel & chief enterprise risk officer Clarios
Director, sustainability Micron Technology VP, financial planning reporting Avery Dennison
ESG advisor, investor relations Imperial Oil VP, general counsel Hawkins
EVP Rush Enterprises VP, investor relations Campbell
Executive director, IR and communications Urban Outfitters VP, Investor Relations Schnitzer Steel Industries
Head of corporate affairs Vanda Pharmaceuticals VP, IR and strategic business development PyroGenesis Canada

 

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Why partner with us?

The ESG Integration Forum – Summer 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 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 – Summer. Get in touch with Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

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Venue

We are pleased to announced that the 2022 forum & awards will be held at:

Clifford Chance US LLP
31 West 52nd Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10019 6131

PLEASE READ: The venue has a strict vaccination policy for in-person attendees, which requires all delegates to provide proof of double vaccination plus an eligible booster vaccination. Anyone unable to provide proof will be denied access to the venue. Further details can be found in our Covid-19 commitment section below.

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Covid-19 commitment

Before you attend

  • We ask that all attendees follow government guidance with the onset of any Covid-19 symptoms. If you are presenting symptoms of Covid-19, have been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have Covid-19, are required to quarantine due to travel, or are awaiting the results from a PCR test, we ask that you DO NOT attend the event until you are presented with a negative test result
  • We continue to closely monitor the situation and will update our guidelines accordingly

At the venue

  • Upon arrival at the venue, attendees must provide the following:
    • Proof of double vaccination plus an eligible booster vaccination
    • The venue has a strict vaccination policy and anyone who is unable to provide proof will be denied access to the event
    • Your proof of vaccination will not be stored by us or the venue
    • Attendees can also email their proof of vaccination ahead of the event for a quicker registration process on the day. Details will be sent in the confirmation email once online registration has been completed
  • All attendees are expected to be considerate to those around them and respectful of the safety measures implemented by the organizers and the venue
  • We will continue to implement further efforts to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, which will be shared with the attendees in advance of the event

If you have any questions about the measures in place, please email: [email protected] 

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