Identifying E, S and G factors that impact long term company performance

This webinar discussed why social risk is harder to measure and monitor relative to other types of extra-financial risks.

While there are a number of mechanisms and institutions which exist that measure and monitor environmental and governance risks, international coordination for monitoring social risks is comparatively less advanced. In this webinar we asked why social risk is harder to measure and monitor vis a vis other types of extra-financial risks.


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Speakers

 Anna Young, Discipline of accounting, University of Sydney Business School

Anna is an industry specialist in the field of sustainability and carbon accounting and has joined academia to complete her PhD that examines the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information in capital markets. In 2011, Anna was invited to attend the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and oikos International Young Scholars Finance Academy. She is a founding committee member of the Australian Business Leaders Reporting Forum that represents key Australian stakeholders in response to the International Integrated Reporting Committee. Anna’s academic teaching areas include corporate sustainability and integrated reporting; carbon accounting; and responsible investment for Masters and undergraduate programs.

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 Nick Edgerton, Manager of ESG Research and Engagement, In the role of Manager ESG Research and Engagement.

Nick works closely with investment teams across equities, fixed interest and credit to build in a consideration of ESG issues and identify new investment opportunities. Nick also engages the investment community more broadly to increase the awareness of the risks and opportunities for long term investors. In doing this Nick has roles with the Investor Group on Climate Change, ESG Research Australia, and Australia’s Financial Services Council ESG Working Group, as well as participating in PRI engagement groups.  Nick advises the academic network on research relevance and helps to remind it’s northern members that the world is made up of two hemispheres.

Previously Nick was at AMP Capital Investors as an ESG analyst for Australia’s largest Sustainable Investment Fund, covering half of the ASX listed sectors and more than 200 stocks. Prior to that Nick was a sustainability consultant at a non-profit and a policy officer in the Australian Government.

Nick has a Bachelor of Economics, Macquarie University, and a Master of Science with Distinction (ecological economics), The University of Edinburgh.

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Dr Ralf Barkemeyer, Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK.

He mainly focuses on the interface of business, environment and society. In particular, he is interested in the impact of contemporary corporate social responsibility related policies and practices in a developing country context. Furthermore, Ralf is interested in the area of value-oriented approaches to measuring and managing corporate sustainability.

Prior to joining SRI, Ralf has been working at the University of St Andrews and Queen’s University Management School, Belfast, from where he received his PhD on CSR practices and priorities in developed and developing countries.

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Diana McEwan, Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Stockland

Diana McEwan is the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CR&S) Manager at Stockland, one of Australia’s largest diversified property companies. As part of this role, Diana project manages Stockland’s annual CR&S Report and the company’s numerous sustainability reporting commitments. For the last two years Stockland has been awarded the ACCA Australia Sustainability Reporting Award for property and in 2009 was awarded ‘Sustainable Company of the Year’ by Ethical Investor. Diana has also worked for the Property Council of Australia as the National Policy Adviser, advocating on behalf of Australia’s $600 billion property industry.

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