WhenTuesday, March 9th from 6:00pm until 8:00pm, UK time
WhereOnline symposium via Zoom.
FormatThere'll be a great line-up of speakers plus ample scope for discussion and debate.
Why you should attend
The confluence of crises facing us represents an historic inflection point that can energise positive, progressive and purposeful reform. As a consequence, many stakeholders are coalescing around the idea of “building back better.”
However, to build back better successfully we’ll need to create a compelling case for change; and that means harnessing powerful ESG data that can be used to good effect as campaign collateral.
In the past, ESG data has largely focused on Environment-related risks and opportunities, with relatively poor availability of good quality Social and Governance data. Investors have been slow to acknowledge the materiality of ‘S’ and ‘G’ data but building back better post Covid will demand a paradigm shift forward, to better include for example corporate infringements in relation to all aspects of E, S and G, throughout the entire ecosystem; not just the corporates themselves but also their entire supply chains.
This symposium will showcase powerful ESG data that can shine a bright light on what’s been in the shadows, hidden from view.
We also hope that our event will encourage ongoing collaboration amongst like-minded individuals and organisations who are keen to address issues such as:
- The super-seismic impact of Covid; and the adverse economic shock wave it is creating
- The need for the USA to ‘hit the reset button’ by restoring basic values of decency
- The need to reject fake news and to re-establish the notion of truthfulness
- The need to protect hard-earned employment rights
- The need for investors and asset managers to access meaningful primary data on which they can rely when making investment decisions
- The challenge for investors to access accurate and relevant data from issuers when attempting to factor ESG risks and opportunities into their investment decisions
- Whether portfolios are Paris-aligned
- Data lag, which hinders the “predictive power” of ESG metrics
- Making sure we don’t miss what might be the last chance to save the planet
We believe that James Baldwin was right when he said:
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
…and we also believe that dynamite data will help us understand what we’re facing, so we can change it.
The more stakeholders involved with this collective effort by ShareAction, Violation Tracker and the Transparency Task Force, the better. So, don’t just take advantage of the complimentary place we’re making available for you; please do what you can to spread the word and encourage those you know to do the same.
Here's the programme and timings so far...
Welcome to the symposium, introductions and initial exploration of the main issues; by
Founder, Transparency Task Force; Governor, Pensions Policy Institute; Chair, Secretariat Committee, APPG on Pension Scams; Chair, Secretariat Committee, APPG on Personal Banking and Fairer Financial Services
Presentation #1, for 15 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Head of Good Work, ShareAction
Investor Engagement Manager, Workforce Disclosure Initiative at ShareAction
Presentation #2, for 15 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Executive Director, Good Jobs First
Research Director, Good Jobs First
Short leg-stretch and comfort break, for 5 minutes
Presentation #3, for 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A/Discussion by
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Progress2Impact
Managing Director & Co-Founder, Proodos Impact Capital
Executive Director at UN Global Compact Network UK
The “Just a minute”-round
Inspired by the BBC Radio 4 programme, we have asked a selection of our attendees to spend just a minute sharing their thoughts on what has been covered during the symposium. But unlike the Radio 4 programme our speakers won’t be penalised for hesitation, repetition or deviation!
Executive Director, Policy & Strategy, APPG on Fair Business Banking
Director of Sustainable Finance, south pole
Managing Partner, OMS LLP
Chief Data Scientist, First Investment Management
CEO, RFI Foundation
Associate Professor in Strategy & Governance, Durham University
Open discussion & debate, 15 minutes
Final conclusions; suggested next steps and close to the formal proceedings.
However, for those that want it…
8pm GMT until 8:30pm GMT
….informal, unstructured networking and conversation.
*The programme will continuously evolve so is subject to change.