ESG Integration Forum – Summer 2020
Interactive, virtual conference

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

LIVE: 9am to 3pm Eastern. Available for replay

About the event

Telling your ESG story in a virtual environment!

Following on from the success of the ESG Integration Forum last year, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine are back again this summer to discuss the outcomes of the proxy season this summer and help companies respond to the growing demand for improved ESG practices – only this time, virtually!

We’ll bring together investor relations, finance, sustainability, governance, risk and compliance experts all under one ‘roof’ on our virtual event platform 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’.

A far cry from a traditional webinar format, the event features virtual roundtable discussions, live chat with attendees, one on one video chats and extensive networking. The panel discussions will be also followed by a live Q&A with the audience and attendees have access to resource libraries to share information!

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All times below are in EDT. View agenda as a PDF.

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to our ESG Integration Forum – Summer edition

  • 09:15 AM
    What does Covid-19 mean for ESG and long-termism: is ESG a luxury of a long bull run?

    • Trend check: What is the impact of Covid-19 on ESG in 2020?
    • How is the pandemic influencing the way investors are looking at and thinking about ESG?
    • With the ESG landscape rapidly evolving, what should corporates be focused on?
    • Impact on shareholder commitment to sustainability issues such as climate change
    • Does investor focus on human capital management reduce focus on sustainability issues?
  • 10:00 AM
    Outcomes of proxy season: Which ESG proposals received widespread support?

    • Trend check, risks and opportunities: Lessons from 2020
    • How are certain sectors responding to climate related shareholder proposals?
    • What were the major ESG-related proxy disclosure trends?
    • How much focus or change has been placed on CEO compensation this proxy season?
    • What are the considerations for boards and companies following the outcomes of this proxy season?
    • Will proposals ultimately affect change, even if the resolutions failed?
    • What is the impact of ESG proposals? Did ESG investors side with management?
  • 10:45 AM
    Reforming the proxy process – a debate on role of the SEC and others

    In November 2019, the SEC voted in favor of proposed amendments to rule 14a-8, which governs the shareholder proposals that make it onto the ballot. The proposal has proved controversial with thousands of comment letters submitted during the comment period – in particular around the changes being made to shareholder proposal resubmission thresholds and to ownership thresholds. During this session, we’ll explore arguments for and against the suggested changes and its potential impact.

  • 11:15 AM
    Breakout sessions and networking

  • 11:45 AM
    Telling your ESG story in a virtual environment

    • Developing an integrated approach around investor expectations in the pandemic
    • Communicating ESG efforts effectively to investors – virtually and in the current context
    • Off season engagement and ESG roadshows
    • Effectively telling the long-term story to deepen shareholder engagement
    • Weaving purpose, vision and value into your ESG narrative and other best practice tips
    • Prioritizing the most important communications channels to tell an impactful ESG story
    • Examples of ESG best practices in the virtual world – adapting the message well
    • Formulating next steps and making the most of the company’s resources
  • 12:30 PM
    Regulations, ratings and reporting: A look at best practices

    • Is the standardization of ESG ratings and reporting a pipedream or possibility?
    • As E, S & G issues continue to expand, what is the impact on future reporting/rating systems?
    • Does the current system of disclosure favor large caps? What can be done to reduce the gap?
    • Will ESG frameworks converge to one system in the next decade or grow with new players?
    • How to balance the deck across sectors in terms of standards applied for ESG ratings?
  • 13:00 PM
    How to make your ESG reporting stand-out

    A look at recent sustainability communication trends and best practice. How can companies ensure what they are focused on actually matters and can a more active approach attract active audiences?

  • 14:00 PM
    Launching an ESG program during a pandemic and building support internally

    • How should a company go about developing their ESG strategy and disclosure?
    • First-time ESG program and reporting best practices: first steps, process and tips
    • Opportunities, risks and challenges for small corporations launching ESG programs
    • What to prioritize to make sure you get the most positive impact from governance firms?
    • Pros and cons of engaging a third-party ESG consultant vs. handling ESG priorities internally
  • 14:45 PM
    Summary and wrap up

  • 15:00 PM
    End of event

Speaker profiles

We'll be unveiling the list of panellists shortly. In the meantime, here is a line-up of speakers who've shared their expertise at this event in the past.

Who attends

Attendees at this event are governance, IR and sustainability practitioners from publicly listed companies. Some of our past attendees include:

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Job title Company Job title Company
Account associate, investor relations W2O Group Investor relations FIS
Associate financial analyst Moody’s Investor relations – manager Pentair
Chief corporate affairs officer Vanda Pharmaceuticals Manager, corporate communications & reporting Brown-Forman Corporation
Chief counsel & corporate secretary Cantor Fitzgerald Manager, corporate ESG program Schnitzer Steel Industries
Chief financial officer Invitae Corporation Manager, ESG Estee Lauder
Director FS KKR Capital Corp Manager, investor relations ANSYS
Director Stifel Manager, investor relations Esperion
Director – global CSR reporting & insights AT&T Managing director and head investment stewardship BlackRock
Director of investor relations FMC Corporation Senior director marketing Broadridge
Director of investor relations Terex Corporation Senior manager PwC
Director of social impact & sustainability Philip Morris Senior manager, community relations and public affairs Adtalem Global Education
Director sustainability reporting Newmont Senior manager, investor relations Aptiv
Director, emerging issues Eastman Senior manager, sustainability General Motors
Director, enterprise sustainability program Medtronic Specialist, governance Cameco Corporation
Director, investor relations Criteo Sr director, IR & corporate responsibility Incyte Corporation
Director, investor relations Discovery Sr director, IR & performance analytics Killam Apartment REIT
Director, sustainability communications ConocoPhillips Strategic director ANPORT Communications
ESG consultant RPS SVP, culture, CSR & ESG Viacom
Executive vice president, retirement strategies Natixis Vice president assistant general counsel US Bank
Head of business development for sustainability Bloomberg Vice president, investor relations & corporate treasurer Glatfelter
Head of corporate responsibility, diversity & inclusion Amdocs VP Zuylestein
Head, investor relations & director of corporate strategy TCF Financial Corporation VP, investor relations Tradeweb Markets
Head, product and service innovation TMX Group VP, investor relations Vistra Energy
Innovation and ESG consultant Halma VP, investor relations WW International
Investor relations IR Impact VP, investor relations & communications Murphy Oil


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Past attendees say

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

Medtronic PLC

"The topics were very relevant across industries and company size"


"Insightful speakers that sparked robust conversation."


"I enjoyed the dedicated and separate sessions on the E, S and G. This is clearly the way forward as it allows for more in- depth updates."


Our Partners

Become a partner

The ESG Integration forum brings together senior IROs, corporate secretaries and sustainability professionals from listed companies that are looking for resources, advice, expertise and innovative solutions to help them plot a course through uncertainty and deliver shareholder value.

Our audience recognise 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 showcase know-how.

Becoming a partner means you will:

  • Position yourself as a thought-leader and share expertise with your potential clients
  • Get virtual face-time with senior decision-makers from the IR and governance communities
  • 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 discussions, understanding their challenges and sharing expertise
  • Participate in one on one video chats to build relationships with new customers
  • Launch new products and solutions at our virtual event and in your virtual expo booth

All our partnership packages are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with our audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create a package that’s makes sense for your company. To find out more about how we can help, contact Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

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This event is open to all investor relations, governance, risk and compliance professionals. Any bookings made after July 17, 2020 will be charged at our standard rate of $145. To register, please fill in the form below and we’ll send through login instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or +44 20 8004 4989.

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