Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) - 3 Part Series sponsored by UBS Investment Bank
Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) issues have become some of the biggest challenges in the 21st century that boards face today. In this 3 part series, we will explore a wide range of ESG issues that stakeholders are expecting from companies from long term profits and sustainability; boards must have the insight, foresight & oversight to ask the right questions of management on complex issues on climate change, ESG, cybersecurity, AI ethics, modern slavery, supply-chain disruptions. While ESG issues can create business risks, they can also create opportunities for innovation, new product and service offerings, new market opportunities, new and cheaper sources of capital, and enhanced competitive advantage and business resiliency.
Focus on the "E" of ESG - Part 1
Creating a healthier, sustainable planet requires collective action by individuals, governments and organizations. Moving from realization into action and accountability for action or inaction involves oversight, Insight & foresight by the board. The climate crisis accelerates with significant short and long-term impacts-"greenwashing" is not acceptable. Investors and securities regulators provide guidance, and governments in some countries propose making climate reporting mandatory. Today, the focus is on Integrating environmental initiatives into the core of business strategy, accurately assessing the real-life impact of these initiatives, significantly as rating agencies vary in ESG scoring and linking them to corporate value and cheaper capital. What is the Board's role in ensuring companies manage these dynamics and thrive?
12:00 PM - 12:05 PM
Welcome & Introduction
Deborah Rosati, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, GCB.D, Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board Inc.
12:05 PM - 12:10 PM
Introduction to Topic & Speakers
12:10 PM - 12:40 PM
12:40 PM - 12:55 PM
12:55 PM - 1:00 PM
Thank you & Wrap-up
Managing Director and Americas Head of the ESG Advisory Group at UBS Investment Bank
Aneliya Crawford is a Managing Director in the UBS Investment Bank and leads UBS’s ESG Advisory Group efforts for the Americas.
Aneliya was formerly UBS’s Global Head of Activism & Defense. Aneliya has 15+ years of experience in corporate governance, shareholder activism and M&A. She has advised on hundreds of major activism contests and contests for control, including campaigns in the United States, Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia and Latin America.
Prior to joining UBS Investment Bank, Aneliya was a Partner leading the shareholder activism practice at Schulte Roth & Zabel and was one of the leading attorneys representing activist investors globally. Aneliya received a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law as a Dean's Scholar and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, M.L.A. Aneliya sits on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)- NY chapter, the Board of Advisers of the Institute for Corporate Governance & Finance at NYU School of Law and is a frequent speaker and published author on the topics of contests for corporate control, corporate governance and hostile M&A.
Sarah is an ESG and climate change expert with over a decade of experience. Today, she regularly presents to Executive teams and Boards of Directors on the link between ESG and climate change with performance and long-term value, and helps her clients establish ESG and climate change strategies.
Previously, Sarah was a Principal at CPA Canada where she guided companies in integrating climate change considerations into business strategy, risk management, governance, and reporting. She has also held senior roles at PwC and MNP working with the energy and mining sectors. She is the Academic Director and Lead Instructor for the Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD)’s Board Oversight of Climate Change program.
She also facilitates a module on ESG and sustainable finance in the ICD’s Director Education Program and sits on the Boards of Leading Change and Sustainable Buildings Canada.
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