The ESG Summit

13 October 2022 – Croke Park, Dublin

9:00

Welcome from the morning Chair

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Entrepreneur and Broadcaster

9:10

ESG LEADERS’ PANEL: ESG leadership:

ESG’s significance for business leaders

ESG and what business leaders need to know.

Caoimhe Donnelly

Caoimhe Donnelly

Chief Sustainability Officer, CIÉ Group

Aisling Curtis

Aisling Curtis

Director of Strategy and Sustainability, Microsoft

Tom Shipsey

Tom Shipsey

C.Dir., CEO, Stonehouse Marketing Ltd and Chairman, Repak

Deirdre Timmons

Deirdre Timmons

Sustainable Finance Director, PwC Ireland

 

Trends shaping the future of ESG

 

9:50

PANEL DISCUSSION:

ESG trends: Best practice responses from companies

Our panel discusses the strategies, initiatives and tactics that listed companies can use to respond to investor expectations:

  • How mature are organisations with their ESG strategy?
  • Learn about the underlying drivers shaping the future of ESG
  • Why data is vital to show investors that you are compliant
  • What activities are companies undertaking to help provide information on the most relevant sustainability and corporate governance issues that investors are focused on?
  • Understand how investor relations and sustainability teams can work together to create more effective investor engagement
  • Discover what has worked, what hasn’t and why
Eamonn Hughes

Eamonn Hughes

Chief Sustainability and Investor Relations Officer, Bank of Ireland

Áine Higgins

Áine Higgins

ESG and Risk Manager, NTR plc

Michelle Ang

Michelle Ang

Director Corporate Development and Sustainability, IRES REIT plc

Aligning investment markets with sustainability objectives

10:25

ESG and Access to Investment

Aidan O’Mahony

Aidan O’Mahony

Head of ESG Advisory, Goodbody

10:40

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Investor perspectives on key ESG issues: Why climate risk matters to investors

  • How do investors integrate ESG data into their investment decision-making?
  • Why do sustainability outcomes matter to investors?
  • How does this point of view impact stock valuations and selection processes in reality?
  • How can corporate CFOs and finance teams better articulate the business case for sustainability-related investments to their investors?
  • How have SFDR and other regulatory initiatives re-shaped the European ESG fund landscape?
Faye Walsh Drouillard

Faye Walsh Drouillard

Founder & General Partner, WakeUp Capital

Graham Fox

Graham Fox

Head of Retail Distribution Ireland, Amundi

Jerry Moriarty

Jerry Moriarty

CEO, IAPF

Kathy Ryan

Kathy Ryan

Head of Responsible Investment, Irish Life Investment Management

11:15

Morning break

11:45

FIRE SIDE CHAT:

Green Washing or Green Blushing? How should companies communicate their sustainability actions?

Many organisations are struggling with how to talk about and communicate their sustainability actions for fear of a greenwashing backlash. So how should businesses communicate what they are doing and how can they do so authentically?

Spiro Comitas

Spiro Comitas

Co-Lead, the Havas Genus Sustainability Network

Supply chain sustainability

 

12:05

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Reducing Scope 3 emissions and embedding sustainability across your supply chain

  • Scope 3 and the supply chain: How businesses are taking sustainability leadership to a new frontier
  • Understand the need to manage and account for Scope 3 emissions to effectively transition to net zero
  • Learn how your business can reduce scope 3 emissions through collaborations with key stakeholders and responsible partnerships
  • What regulatory drivers are influencing ESG due diligence in supply chains?
Michael O’Shea

Michael O’Shea

CEO, Pulse Market

Chris McCann

Chris McCann

Senior Consultant, ESG & Sustainable Procurement, Turner & Townsend

Dave Fitzgerald

Dave Fitzgerald

Sustainability Director, Ornua

12:40

Lunch break

1:45pm – 2:35pm

Roundtable discussions: Thematic roundtables are 50 -minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, this is your chance to join insightful discussions to share experiences and get new and actionable ideas from peers and experts.

Select one table to attend:

Roundtable 1

What do boards need to know about ESG

This discussion focusses on the board’s evolving role in ESG: * Shaping your ESG message and tailoring it to your story

  • The importance of ESG training and knowledge for directors and senior management
  • Q&A during your AGM: Preparing management to answer ESG related questions
  • How to prepare your board for upcoming issues
Dr. Celine McInerney

Dr. Celine McInerney

independent non-executive director, climate finance, sustainability and ESG expert

Roundtable 2

Measuring the “S” and “G” in ESG

  • Defining S and G
  • Focusing on S and G
  • How to collect, aggregate and measure S and G data
  • Regulation: S and G reporting and disclosure
  • Balancing E with S and G
Aedín O’Leary

Aedín O’Leary

Investment & ESG consultant, co-founder Green Team Network

Marion Kelly

Marion Kelly

CEO, Irish Backing Culture Board (IBCB)

Roundtable 3

How to embed ESG in your business operations

  • ESG factors and business drivers
  • Practical steps to implementing ESG
  • What practical steps can business leaders follow in order to convert their ambitions into concrete initiatives?
John Curran

John Curran

Managing Director & Principal Consultant, Blue Planet

Roundtable 4

ESG data collection, management & reporting: The importance of providing accurate ESG metrics to your stakeholders

  • Why is ESG data important?
  • Integrating ESG and financial reporting
  • ESG data assurance
  • ESG software platforms
  • Supplier engagement for sustainability data and policies
  • Understanding ESG ratings and scores
  • The future of ESG data
Susie Crawford

Susie Crawford

Sustainability Manager , Cairn Homes

Brian O’Kennedy

Brian O’Kennedy

CEO, Clearstream Solutions

Roundtable 5

ESG for SMEs: How to start your net-zero journey

  • How to get started with ESG reporting
  • What are the latest ESG trends and main challenges SMEs face in transitioning to net-zero
  • How can banks and investors support SMEs on the journey towards sustainability
  • Accessing sustainable finance
Liz Roche

Liz Roche

Head of Foundation and Sustainable Business, Vodafone Ireland

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Director, Climeaction

2:40

ROUND TABLE TAKEAWAYS:

Round up discussion with the roundtable moderators

3:15

Closing remarks and summit close