Directors need to act now to recognise sustainability as a fundamental element of their stewardship and fiduciary role within a company. Sustainability is central to corporate competitiveness and a company’s continued ability to operate.
Consistent with their fiduciary duties the company directors must provide their investors with greater transparency into how the company is addressing environmental and social trends, including meeting changes in stakeholder expectations.
Environmental, Social, and Governance (‘ESG’) concerns, are increasingly positioned at the top of board agendas and challenges, especially at the most progressive companies.
Areas covered include:
- What a board member needs to know about sustainability, based on the international standards and frameworks.
- The ESG agenda and what it means for boards - with guest speakers drawn from Chapter Zero and Willis Towers Watson.
- ESG threats and opportunities - the risk, assurance and reporting cycle with consideration of the corporate risk profile and assessing the bigger picture; Assurance mapping to get the best view of how ESG risks are being tackled; The effective use of monitoring and reporting – moving from messaging to living your values.
- Consideration of the board level input needed to the identification and management of the ESG risks posed by fast moving environmental and societal developments.
- How to gauge and deal with changing stakeholder expectations.
- The ability to integrate ESG risks into the broader Enterprise Risk Management practices.
- How to promote measurement and disclosure of meaningful ESG information which enables management and the board to assess the overall resource needs, effective capital allocation and the resilience and competitive advantage needed by the company.