City & Financial invites readers to ESG best practise virtual summit

'Companies are coming under increasing legal and regulatory pressure to fully disclose their exposure to climate change'

City & Financial Global is running a virtual summit on best practice ESG reporting to support investors in understanding the plethora of ESG regulations and guidelines.

Starting at 9am BST on Thursday 15 October, the summit will cover the role of enhanced disclosure in the responsible investment landscape – exploring factors such as the TCFD initiative, stewardship, reliability of data and reputational considerations – through a presentation and speaker panel, as well as how to meet new disclosure requirements.

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The summit, for which ESG Clarity is media partner, will also explore shareholder activism, ESG ratings, green bonds, the role of auditors and standardising reporting.

Speakers include Chris Perceval, director and head of ESG business development EMEA at S&P Global Market Intelligence, Leon Kamhi, head of responsibility at Federated Hermes and ESG Clarity editorial panellist, Richard Monks, director of strategy at the FCA, Dr Robert Eccles visiting professor of management practice, at University of Oxford from Saïd Business School, Farnam Bidgoli, head of sustainable bonds at HSBC, Keith Skeoch, chairman of ASI and the Investment Association, and many more. To view the full agenda please click here and to view the full list of speakers please click here.

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City & Financial Global said: “Companies are coming under increasing legal and regulatory pressure to fully disclose their exposure to climate change and to report on the risks that may arise from it. Currently, the FCA is consulting on this issue in relation to listed companies, with an expectation that full climate-change disclosure and reporting will follow shortly. In another initiative launched in January, the WEF International Business Council released their ‘Core Metrics’ reporting framework. A month later, the EU set up a review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive, with the aim of strengthening it as part of its European Green Deal. All of these initiatives build on the work of the Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).

“In addition to these direct legal and regulatory developments, companies are coming under increasing pressure from their shareholders, customers, suppliers and employees to incorporate climate issues in their reporting. In particular, ESG issues have firmly established themselves as the number one priority for asset managers, reinforced by the fact that companies with higher ESG ratings have outperformed their peer group during the Covid-19 outbreak.

“It is against this backdrop that City & Financial Global is running this Virtual Summit on best practice ESG reporting. This summit aims to highlight new tools available for reporting on ESG and where they fit with the plethora of other ESG regulation and guidelines. It further aims to investigate other emerging themes, including shareholder activism and lessons learned from the 2020 AGM season, the emerging role of auditors in ensuring compliance with ESG regulation, and the place for ratings agencies in the conversation, with the influence of ESG factors on credit quality becoming increasingly apparent.”

As media partner, ESG Clarity is offering readers a discount by using code ESG20CL. Register for the summit here.


Natalie Kenway

Natalie is editor in chief at MA Financial covering ESG Clarity, Portfolio Adviser and International Adviser. She was previously global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist...