ICGN-PRI-EFFAS Forum: ESG in perspective

Date: Monday, 18 March 2013
Time: 16.30 – 19.00, followed by networking drinks and canapés
Location:  Bloomberg Auditorium,  39/45 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1PQ, UK

ESG in perspective: realities of integration and priorities for reform

Our joint Forum is the culmination of a European Commission financed co-project aimed at ‘building the capacity of mainstream investment actors to better integrate ESG information into their valuation of companies…..If there is a trend towards better disclosure of ESG information  by companies, and also towards integrated reporting, then it is important that the investment community builds a corresponding capacity to better use ESG information, including a greater capacity for integrated analysis.’

This event will bring together companies and investors to discuss the progress (and pitfalls!) to effective integration of environmental, social and governance factors in investment decision-making.

Please find below a detailed programme clarifying that the event takes place on Monday, 18 March from 16.30 – 19.00, followed by canapés and drinks. We are honoured to be hosted by Bloomberg at 39/45 Finsbury Square London, EC2A 1PQ, UK.

This is a complimentary, invitation-only forum and is restricted to a limited number of participants. If you would like to apply for a place, please click here to register.

Agenda:

16:30 – 16:45 Welcoming remarks

Kerrie Waring, Acting Head of Secretariat, ICGN
Paul Abberley, Interim Chief Executive, Aviva Investors (PRI Council)

16:45 – 17:00 European Commission Address

Jan Krauss, Political Officer, European Commission 

17.00 – 18:30 Company and investor dialogue

If there is a trend towards better disclosure of ESG information by companies, and also towards integrated reporting, then it is important that the investment community builds a corresponding capacity to better use ESG information, including a greater capacity for integrated analysis. Senior company and investment professionals will address this proposition and discuss:

• Is current ESG information disclosure by companies adequate and, if not, what needs to be done to improve it? What form should the information take and how can ‘integrated reporting’ facilitate this.
• To what extent do investors effectively integrate ESG information into the investment decision-making process? How can this become more mainstream?
• What role can public policy play in facilitating more meaningful disclosure on the one hand and more effective use of such information on the other?

Dr Paul Cox, Senior Advisor, NEST Corporation
Erika Karp, Managing Director, Head of Global Sector Research, UBS Investment Bank
Susanne Stormer, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Novo Nordisk
Annette Stube, Director of Group Sustainability, A.P. Moller – Maersk
Moderated by: Peter Montagnon, Senior Investment Advisor, Financial Reporting Council

18:30 – 19:00: Closing remarks

Frank Curtiss, Head of Corporate Governance, Railpen, ICGN Board Director, Chairman of the ICGN’s Finance Committee and Interim Chairman of the ICGN’s Integrated Business Reporting Committee
Rob Lake, Director of Responsible Investment, PRI
Howard Rees, Bloomberg

19:00 – 20:30: Networking drinks and canapés, hosted by Bloomberg