Saturday | 26 Sep 2020
Lunch Time Meeting is over

SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE:

When
Tuesday
Where
CEPS
Place du Congrès, Brussels, Belgium

Registration is free of charge for ECMI/ECRI/CEPS members, EU/national institutions, academia, NGOs and press. Other participants may be admitted for €200 (online payment).

Lunch Time Meeting

SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE:

corporate governance and investor relations

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Companies, investors and regulators continue to face tensions between short-term and long-term goals and incentives, tangible and intangible measures of performance, quantitative metrics and qualitative values. In order to thrive, companies must identify and manage a broad and diverse range of stakeholders, with often conflicting demands. For the most part, investors look at a company’s ability to generate positive returns. Many argue that sustainability is the only way forward, and that incorporating ESG factors into corporate strategies will eventually improve client satisfaction and maintain a competitive edge. Such transitions must be carried out against the backdrop of highly scrutinised supply chains, enhanced board independence and senior management accountability, more complex ownership schemes, proliferating shareholder activism, the growing influence of proxy advisory firms, greater rights for minority shareholders, engagement with institutional investors and transparency for retail investors. But these approaches can vary significantly across regions, industries and companies.

Action 10 of the Commission’s Action Plan for Financing Sustainable Growth puts an emphasis on fostering sustainable corporate governance and attenuating short-termism in capital markets. Are existing corporate governance rules and frameworks fit for purpose? What strategic and/or operational aspects are specifically related to ESG factors? What models and expectations are relevant to SMEs compared to large companies? Is there a difference between active and passive investment strategies? And what about the quality of institutional investors’ own governance, fiduciary duties, share voting, ‘stewardship’ and oversight of portfolio companies?

Registration and light lunch from 12.00 – Meeting from 13.00 to 14.30

Host
Cosmina Amariei Cosmina Amariei
Cosmina Amariei

Researcher

Speakers list
Andreas Gustafsson

Chief Counsel Nasdaq Europe & Member of the Swedish Corporate Governance Board

Odile de Brosses

Director for Legal Affairs, Afep (French Association of Large Companies)

Jesper Lau Hansen

Professor of Financial Markets Law, University of Copenhagen and Member of ECMI Academic Committee

Angeliki Vogiatzi

Senior Policy Officer, Corporate Finance & Reporting Team, Investors & Issuers Department, ESMA

Carey Evans

Director, Global Public Policy, BlackRock and Member of ECMI Board

Josina Kamerling

Head of Regulatory Outreach EMEA, CFA Institute and Member of ECMI Board