As we entered the new decade, businesses were already grappling with new challenges to their licence to operate - what did it mean to be a good corporate citizen in the context of the climate emergency and continuing social inequality? Consumer and employee activism and political pressure at both the global and national levels were combining to force ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) issues to the top of the board's and management's agenda. Having a clear corporate purpose was becoming essential.

The announcement by the US Business Roundtable in August 2019 that it was redefining the purpose of a corporation to accommodate a broader group of stakeholders, developments in UK law and practice like s. 172 and TCFD disclosures, and Blackrock's statement that it was making sustainability integral to the way it approached its investments, led commentators on both sides of the Atlantic to herald 2020 as the beginning of a new age of 'stakeholder capitalism'. The age when businesses would focus on moving from words to actions.

Since then, our lives have changed fundamentally, in ways that few of us could ever have imagined. But what will COVID-19 and its after-effects mean for ESG? Far from falling by the wayside as a nice to have in an apparently never ending bull market, the early signs indicate that those businesses that embrace ESG values as an integral part of their COVID decision making will be better placed to survive and, ultimately, thrive in a post-COVID world.

This series of ESG-focused thought leadership webinars will share insights and practical guidance for businesses considering what ESG means for them in the context of the current crisis and beyond.

All webinars are complimentary. To register click on the RSVP button where you will be able to register for one or all webinars. We hope you will participate in and enjoy this exciting webinar series.

Watch previous webinars.

Date Session Speakers
Wednesday,
17 June, 11.00 am BST

Green finance

Speakers: Caitlin McErlane (Chair), Michael Doran, Eva Segur-Cabanac, Chantal Thompson and Caroline Escott, Pensions Lead at Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association 
Wednesday,
1 July, 11.00 am BST
ESG and the modern customer   Speakers: Beatriz Araujo (Chair), Jo Hewitt, Nick O'Donnell and David Scott 
Wednesday,
15 July, 11.00 am BST 
What is the new European green finance taxonomy, and how will it affect your business?  Speakers: Nick O'Donnell (Chair), Michael Doran, Jo Hewitt, Caitlin McErlane and Anahita Thoms 
Wednesday,
29 July, 11.00 am BST 
ESG and the modern workforce  Speakers: Jo Hewitt (Chair), Beatriz Araujo, Nick O'Donnell, Jonathan Sharp and Jonathan Tuck 
Wednesday,
12 August, 11.00 am BST 
ESG regulation for financial institutions  Speakers: Nick O'Donnell (Chair), Michael Doran, Caitlin McErlane and Eva Segur-Cabanac 
Wednesday,
26 August, 11.00 am BST 
ESG and the supply chain  Speakers: Jo Hewitt (Chair), Beatriz Araujo, Nick O'Donnell and Graham Stuart 
Wednesday,
9 September, 11.00 am BST 
ESG and corporate reporting part 1  Speakers: Nick O'Donnell (Chair), Beatriz Araujo, Jo Hewitt and Caitlin McErlane 
Wednesday,
23 September, 11.00 am BST 
ESG and executive compensation  Speakers: Nick O'Donnell (Chair) Jeremy Edwards and Don-Tobias Jol 
Wednesday,
7 October, 11.00 am BST 
ESG and corporate reporting part 2  Speakers: Beatriz Araujo (Chair), Jo Hewitt, Caitlin McErlane and Nick O'Donnell