The ESG Summit

31 May 2022 – Croke Park, Dublin

9:00

Welcome from the morning Chair

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan Healy

Broadcaster

9:10

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Understanding the latest trends in climate action and reporting

The climate trends and implications for companies. How climate reporting is changing and what you can do to prepare for increased disclosures on your carbon emissions. Plus, how the outcomes of the COP26 conference will impact sustainable investing and requirements of public companies.

Mairead McGuinness

Mairead McGuinness

European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and capital markets union

 

Governance of ESG risks

 

9:30

The corporate director’s guide to ESG

For many, the term ESG conjures notions of investors chasing feel-good stories of sustainability, diversity and ethics. But given the heightened interests from various stakeholders, corporate directors know ESG is much more. Far from being just window dressing, making organisations appear socially responsible to the outside world, our speaker discusses what are the real risks at play when it comes to ESG issues. Plus, what are the opportunities to be seized?

Fiona Gaskin

Fiona Gaskin

Partner and ESG Leader for Assurance and Reporting, PwC Ireland

9:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:

The role of the board in addressing ESG risk

ESG. What kind of questions should directors ask when it comes to risk, ESG and policies?  Our panel explores the approaches that companies can take in Board composition, recruitment, management and education to ensure they are set up to provide effective governance of ESG risks to their companies.

Dermot Costello

Dermot Costello

Managing Director Galetech Energy Services Australia

Laura Heuston

Laura Heuston

Director & Co-Founder, SustainabilityWorks

Michael Patten

Michael Patten

Chief Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Corporate Affairs Officer, Glanbia plc

Maura Quinn, CDir

Maura Quinn, CDir

Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Ireland

10:20

In conversation with… a CFO

ESG is an increasing area of focus for CFOs. In this session we hear how one CFO is thinkingn about ESG, what trends they are looking out for this year, their role when responding to investor expectations and how to prepare for the changes to reporting.

Michael Rice

Michael Rice

CFO, Glenveagh Properties PLC

10:35

Morning break

Balancing profit and responsibility

 

11:10

PANEL DISCUSSION:

How companies can act to future-proof their business: What are the concrete steps organisations can take to address ESG issues?

  • Why is ESG an important issue and is it important for all organisations?
  • What are the key elements to implementing a successful ESG policy?
  • Can ESG enhance corporate financial performance? What’s the evidence?
  • How to create the blueprint for a commercially successful transition that ensures your whole business, and value chain, is aligned with a 1.5C pathway
  • Ensuring that investments are made in the areas that scale impact and bring new innovations to market
  • Responsible innovation: Harnessing emerging tech to meet ESG credentials
  • How to avoid greenwashing as a sustainable brand and turn promises into both short and long-term actions
  • Ensure that key stakeholders trust and understand your ambition
Lizzie Jones

Lizzie Jones

Group Sustainability Director, Savills plc

John Reynolds

John Reynolds

Chairman of Cairn Homes plc

Caoimhe Donnelly

Caoimhe Donnelly

Chief Sustainability Officer, CIE

John Curran

John Curran

Principal, Blue Planet Consulting

 

ESG investors

11:45

How has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine impacted on ESG investing?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced investors to rethink their approach towards ESG criteria and exclusions. Our speaker, an international expert on sustainable finance, assesses the likely impact on ESG investing in the aftermath of the Russian invasion.

Sasja Beslik

Sasja Beslik

Managing Director & Head of Sustainable Finance Development, Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd, Zurich

12:10

PANEL DISCUSSION:

How to find “best fit” investors and learn about the criteria they are now using to make investment decisions

Across the world investors are taking a company’s ESG performance and commitments into account when making investment decisions. In this session, our panel will discuss how the new ESG regulatory environment will drive change within investors and what criteria are investors now using to make investment decisions

Robbie McGrath

Robbie McGrath

Head of Sustainability D/Res Properties

Carolina Angarita-Cala

Carolina Angarita-Cala

Sustainability and Responsible Investing Manager, Cantor Fitzgerald

Paul Price

Paul Price

Founder of Haven Green Capital Partners; Chair of IAIM; former Global Head of Sales and Distribution, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and former CEO, Morgan Stanley Investment Management Ireland

Eoin Fahy

Eoin Fahy

Head of Responsible Investing, KBI Global Investors

12:45

Lunch break

1:50

Welcome back from the Chair

Jonathan Healy

Jonathan Healy

Broadcaster

1:55

PANEL DISCUSSION:

ESG and sustainable finance    

What is sustainable finance and how is it changing the world? What obstacles need to be overcome to channel capital flows toward sustainable business practices?

Daryl Byrne

Daryl Byrne

CEO, Euronext Dublin

Marc Coleman

Marc Coleman

Founder, Octavian Research

Dawn Slevin

Dawn Slevin

MD, ELS Europe, Member EU Sustainable Finance TEG & EFRAG Task Force on reporting of non-financial risks & opportunities

SFDR – CSRD – NFRD: What’s it all about?

2:30

ESG and real estate – the importance of “true performance” and the role of digitalisation

Eoin Leonard

Eoin Leonard

CEO and founder, i3PT Certification

2:50

PANEL DISCUSSION:

How ESG regulation is driving business transformation

Our panel will discuss the challenges that firms are grappling with in light of the evolving ESG regulatory landscape and how this is driving business transformation.

 

  • The new EU regulations – SFRD, CSRD, NFRD: Deciphering the alphabet soup of sustainability disclosures
  • Responsible innovation: Harnessing emerging tech to meet ESG credentials
  • Learn what the legally binding EU Taxonomy and disclosure obligations mean for corporates.
  • Clarifying the new regulations: How will they work in practice?
  • Assess your level of preparedness: Are you ready for ESG regulatory reporting and disclosure deadlines?
Paul Davis

Paul Davis

CEO, Davis Events Agency

Brian O’Kennedy

Brian O’Kennedy

Managing Director, Clearstream Solutions

Yvonne Holmes

Yvonne Holmes

Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB and Chair, Sustainable Finance Skillnet

Nicola Woods

Nicola Woods

Chief Transformation Officer, An Post

3:25

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Walking the talk: How to tell 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. Our closing discussion explores how companies can get maximum benefit from the ESG performance by ensuring they get the right information in front of the right investors in a way that is easily understood.

Chris Collins

Chris Collins

Country President Ireland, Schneider Electric

Conall Bolger

Conall Bolger

Chief Executive Officer, Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA)

Tomás Sercovich

Tomás Sercovich

CEO, Business in the Community

Aedín O’Leary

Aedín O’Leary

Investment & ESG consultant, co-founder Green Team Network

4:00

Closing remarks and summit close