00:00 - 00:00 / Networking and Drinks Reception
09:40 - 10:00 / Registration
Participants’ arrival. Light refreshments will be served
10:30 - 11:25 / Plenary Session
Define the Purpose of the CorporationRead more
Europe faces a number of challenges: growing inequality, persistent unemployment, and weakened social security nets, as well as looming impacts of climate change.
What is the role of the corporation in fostering inclusive prosperity?
11:45 - 12:00 / Break
12:00 - 13:00 / Breakout Session C
Clarify Fiduciary DutiesRead more
The European Commission and the OECD have recently begun to revisit the duties of institutional investors regarding environmental and social risks - including climate change.
How should the duties of institutional investors be modernised to meet the long-term needs of beneficiaries?
What obligations do company directors have to consider environmental and social matters?
What is the best method to ensure directors properly consider intangibles, sustainability and the long-term in discharging their duties?
12:00 - 13:00 / Breakout Session A
Revise Executive PayRead more
Directors and senior executives face increasing pressure to disclose and reform executive compensation in line with investor and societal expectations.
What is best practice to connect pay with sound long-term business strategy?
Are stock options an effective method?
What options exist for fairer remuneration?
12:00 - 13:00 / Breakout Session B
Strengthen Board RoleRead more
The board of directors plays a critical role in setting business strategy regarding innovation, risk appetite, and balancing interests of company’s key stakeholders.
How can the board find a right balance between its different functions?
How can the board structure and training support sound business strategy?
What is the board relationship with stakeholders?
13:00 - 14:15 / Networking lunch
13:15 - 13:40 / Lunch Break Session
Global Statement on Investor Obligations and DutiesRead more
The UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) will update on the current status of the PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation’s Statement on Investor Obligations and Duties. The lack of regulatory clarity on the extent to which environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration is a requirement of investors’ obligations and duties has been an obstacle to responsible investors globally.
As part of the PRI’s ongoing work on fiduciary duty, the PRI, UNEP FI and The Generation Foundation have joined together to call on policy makers around the globe to provide clarity to investors. Their ambition is that the Statement will push the industry, globally, to see ESG not as optional, but a requirement.
For more details, see http://www.fiduciaryduty21.
13:40 - 14:00 / Lunch Break Session
Sustainable Capital Markets UnionRead more
Environmental think-tank E3G will present the work they have been doing with a coalition of NGOs and investors on building a Sustainable Capital Markets Union. European capital markets can be harnessed to close the significant investment gaps in sustainable infrastructure, address pressing environmental and social issues like climate change and inequality and ensure Europe’s continued prosperity by giving investors the information they need to make informed decisions.
To do that, EU policy reforms are required. The European Commission recently announced it will establish an expert group on sustainable finance. The presentation will outline how the Commission can make best use of this group to deliver sustainable capital markets.
14:15 - 15:15 / Breakout Session E
Long-term and sustainable investmentRead more
Companies with a stable shareholding base tend to invest for the longer-term. The European Commission recognises the challenge of promoting long-term, sustainable investment and has recently consulted with stakeholders on further action.
What action can be taken in the next 5 years to incentivise longer-term shareholding
What can companies do to attract and keep committed investors and protect themselves against short-term, predatory shareholders?
How can the investment chain be governed so as to promote sustainability and long-termism in corporate decision-making?
14:15 - 15:15 / Breakout Session D
Improve corporate reportingRead more
The EU’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive is leading the global push to promote corporate sustainability transparency.
How can the Non-Financial Reporting Directive be effectively implemented?
What are next steps for integrating non-financial information into business strategy?
14:15 - 15:15 / Breakout Session F
Strengthen stakeholder voiceRead more
How can the needs of workers, including employees, consumers, communities, and the environment be integrated into corporate strategic decision-making?
Boards, executives, shareholders, employees: what is the best balance of powers to foster sustainability?
15:15 - 15:30 / Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:30 / Plenary Session
Building an Innovative and Inclusive European Economy: The Role of Corporate Governance and Regulation
Head of Capital markets and listed companies division EuropeanIssuers & Deputy Director General at Assonime
16:35 - 17:35 / Plenary and closing remarks
Creating New ProsperityRead more
What are the next steps for driving towards sustainable business?