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4th ESG Summit - Webinar series
Rising Expectations
23 & 24 November 2021 | 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Overview

As the battle to contain Covid-19 in the Asia-Pacific region enters another year, the scars of this health emergency on lives and livelihoods have become the painful reminders of the urgency to do better. Yet, there is a silver lining to this pandemic: conversations on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have become far more widespread than ever.

Indeed, ESG is now an unstoppable movement. At the centre of the discussion is how to redirect private capital to ESG companies – whether it is in the form of equity, fixed income, or financing for working capital. A growing number of asset managers and financial institutions, keen to reinforce sustainability credentials, are starting to apply additional ESG factors in their assessments.

Regulators in the region are also stepping up to the challenge. Initiatives, guidelines and action plans towards sustainability frameworks, a green taxonomy and other ESG standards are being rolled out in the coming months. The way businesses are run, growth capital is allocated, and the impact businesses have beyond financial metrics will redefine the value of everything. Increasingly, ESG will become the pathway to achieve differentiated performance.

It is a period of rising expectations. Companies in the Asia-Pacific are busy building their knowledge base, generating new sets of data, and setting the right frameworks to assess the impact of their actions as they chart a course to become better and more sustainable companies.

To highlight this exceptional opportunity, The Asset Events+ is delighted to be organizing Asia-Pacific’s leading ESG forum, the 4th ESG Summit, with this year’s theme being Rising Expectations. The summit brings together ESG thought leaders from top companies, organizations, and investment and financial institutions to share their insights on their ESG journeys.

Part 1 - Covid conversation
23 November 2021
04:20 PM
Access to webinar opens
04:30 PM
Exclusive discussion
The pandemic has thrown into sharp relief workplace and safety issues. Beyond the work-from-home considerations, however, companies are also becoming increasingly aware that they do not operate in a vacuum, but as part of a broader ecosystem. Their responsibilities include not only internal arrangements with employees but external ones, such as maintaining a sustainable supply chain.
  • How have companies adjusted to the demands of this health emergency?
  • What additional measures are being contemplated to contribute to the sustainability of the operation?
  • How was the supply chain affected, and what efforts are being applied to strengthen and improve it along ESG principles?
  • As companies begin to develop Scope 3 reporting, what challenges are they facing?
  • In which sectors are we seeing the greatest opportunities, and how is technology playing a role?
Cynthia Tchikoltsoff
Cynthia Tchikoltsoff
head of supply chain management, Asia Pacific
BNP Paribas
Monica Bae
Monica Bae
regional lead, capital markets
CDP
Kevin Franklin
Kevin Franklin
chief operating officer, advisory
Elevate
Gopul Shah
Gopul Shah
director, head of global treasury and trade finance
Golden Agri-Resources
Juliette Macresy
Juliette Macresy
executive director - issuer business
Vigeo Eiris, part of Moody’s ESG Solutions
Daniel Yu (moderator)
Daniel Yu (moderator)
editor-in-chief
The Asset
05:20 PM
Q&A
05:30 PM
End of discussion
Part 2 - Towards a green recovery
24 November 2021
04:20 PM
Access to webinar opens
04:30 PM
Exclusive discussion
As the global economy recovers from the pandemic, the climate change risks and biodiversity crisis remain critical. Hence, it is necessary to set off a new growth path that responds to these threats. Governments, working with the private sector, need to take the lead in efforts towards a green recovery. Finance will play a role helping companies to rethink consumption, energy, manufacturing process to reduce waste and to generate a truly renewable output.
  • How could public and private policies support the transition into a green economy?
  • What are the real-world examples of green recovery from the pandemic, and how is finance playing a role?
  • Are investors stepping up their engagements with companies and keeping track of meeting and measuring ESG goals?
  • What’s next for ESG disclosures in Asia as the regulatory standards are rising?
Cora G. Dizon
Cora G. Dizon
CFO and treasurer compliance officer
AC Energy
Jonathan Ho
Jonathan Ho
sustainability specialist
Allianz Global Investors
Thomas Walenta
Thomas Walenta
senior investment officer
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Sandeep Arora
Sandeep Arora
head of capital
Azure Power
Nneka Chike-Obi
Nneka Chike-Obi
director, ESG research
Sustainable Fitch
Daniel Yu (moderator)
Daniel Yu (moderator)
editor-in-chief
The Asset
05:20 PM
Q&A
05:30 PM
End of discussion
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