2 December 2020

18:00 – 19:30 (Hong Kong time)

Webinar – SASB Workshop: Making ESG Reporting Financially Relevant

Standards and practices for ESG reporting are developing rapidly across the region, with a growing number of jurisdictions setting out voluntary or quasi-mandatory guidelines for companies to follow. While positive, one increasingly hears that institutional investors find it difficult to integrate the mass of data produced into their investment processes due, in part, to lack of comparability and decision-usefulness of the information currently disclosed. This is where SASB comes in: it offers companies a more focussed way to report on ESG factors that are financially material and provides reporting guidance on an industry level. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about SASB’s evolving standards and how they fit in with complementary systems such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). It will also provide an update on SASB’s work programme in Asia, including its new Asia-Pacific Working Group, and international efforts to create a globally consistent set of ESG reporting standards.

FacilitatorMs Katie Schmitz Eulitt, Director, Investor Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), San Francisco

SpeakersMr Egon Vavrek, Director, Global Emerging Markets Equities, Fundamental Strategies, APG Asset Management Asia, Hong Kong
Ms Jessica Ground, Global Head of ESG, Capital Group, London

16 December 2020

17:00 – 18:30 (Hong Kong time)

Webinar – The ABCs of Creating Climate-Ready Boards

It seems fair to say that the increasing concern shown by governments, scientists, the media, investors, civil society groups and members of the public around the world towards climate change has not yet been matched by an equal sense of urgency in most boardrooms. Yet climate change will have a significant impact on business operations and profitability as a result of both physical (eg, weather) and transition (eg, regulatory, taxation) risks. How should boards in Asia get ready for this upheaval? What new skills and capacity are needed in the boardroom and management? What lessons can Asian companies learn from efforts made by their peers in other parts of the world? And what, if anything, is likely to be different in Asia in terms of the physical impacts of climate change or the most effective way for companies to respond?

ModeratorMr Benjamin McCarron, Managing Director, Asia Research & Engagement, Singapore; Specialist Consultant, Asian Corporate Governance Association

SpeakersMs Karina Litvack, Independent Director, Eni; Co-Founder & Advisor, Climate Governance Initiative, World Economic Forum, London
Datin Sunita Rajakumar, Founder, Climate Governance Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur