Thursday 29 February 2024
The Gibson Hotel, Dublin

ESG Forum
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Organisations are now operating in a changing world, with the growing challenges of climate change, transitioning to a circular economy, and inequality. There is now a need to consider environmental and social considerations and have the necessary governance framework in place to support them.

Recent EU rules require companies to publish regular transparent reports on the social and environmental risks they face, and detailing how their activities impact people and the environment. The new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) modernises and strengthens the rules concerning the social and environmental information that companies have to report. It is important to understand the latest regulatory developments and make sure your organisation is in line to meet compliance requirements.

The social or ‘S’ element of ESG cuts across many business areas, including social trends, supply chain management and ethical practices. The ‘S’ has traditionally been difficult to measure, however emerging technologies are helping to gain better insights into ESG data and outcomes. Governance also plays a key role in embedding environmental and social practices throughout the organisation.

ESG investing is witnessing huge growth as investors demand sustainable and responsible use of their assets. A recent survey found that fewer than one third of Irish Financial Services companies were fully adhering with EU compliance rules around ‘green’ investments.

An effective ESG strategy can show that an organisation is reducing risks, bringing the potential to achieve business growth whilst benefiting the community and environment. It is important to explore what ESG will mean for your organisation and the benefits it can bring for both the private and public sectors.

The ESG Forum, organised by Environment Ireland, will bring together visiting and local expert speakers to discuss the challenges and opportunities of ESG. The Forum will also feature dedicated Q&A sessions and networking with key stakeholders. Book your place to join us at the ESG Forum to meet with fellow leaders in sustainability.

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key themes

Key themes for the ESG Forum 2024

EU Green Deal legislation - Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), Non-Financial Reporting Directive

EU taxonomy

Social considerations: Inequality, inclusiveness, labour relations

Sustainable finance

Tackling greenwashing

Governance of public and private institutions: Embedding social and environmental in your organisation

Mitigate potential ESG and climate risks

Building a strong ESG data foundation

The challenge of double materiality

Case studies

speakers

Speakers confirmed so far…

Marcel Haag

Director, Horizontal Policies, Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

European Commission

Rob Cameron

Vice President Global Head of ESG Engagement

Nestlé

Erika Eliasson-Norris

CEO

Beyond Governance

Fiona Gaskin

Partner and ESG Leader for Assurance and Reporting

PwC Ireland

Aebhín Cawley

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Cawley

Liam McEvoy

Co-Founder

SustainIQ

Kevin O’Sullivan

Environment and Science Editor

The Irish Times

Rory Leahy

Chief Safety and Sustainability Officer

Bus Éireann

Alexa Toomey

Head of Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Agtech

Enterprise Ireland

Ché McGann

Director of Responsible Business & ESG Reporting

Goodbody Clearstream and CDP Ireland

Marion Jammet

Head of Policy and Advocacy

Irish Green Building Council

Tomás Sercovich

CEO

Business in the Community Ireland

Elaine O'Connor

Head of Sustainability

Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland

Dr Geraldine Brennan

Head of Circular Economy

CIRCULÉIRE, Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)

programme

Programme

08:30 - 09:00

Conference registration and morning coffee

09:00

Chair: Kevin O’Sullivan

Environment and Science Editor, The Irish Times

Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Marcel Haag

Director, Horizontal Policies, Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, European Commission

ESG European legislation overview



Fiona Gaskin

Partner and ESG Leader for Assurance and Reporting, PwC Ireland

Deirdre Timmons

Director Sustainable Finance, PwC Ireland

Implementing the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)

Erika Eliasson-Norris

CEO, Beyond Governance

Strengthening governance to accelerate the ESG journey

Rob Cameron

Vice President Global Head of ESG Engagement, Nestlé

ESG public affairs and stakeholder engagement

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

11:00

Coffee and networking break

11:30

Liam McEvoy

Co-Founder, SustainIQ

Six steps to effective ESG data capture

Aebhín Cawley

Chief Executive Officer,
Scott Cawley

Biodiversity: Data collection and actions for nature positive organisations

Tomás Sercovich

CEO, Business in the Community Ireland

The ‘S’ in ESG: Exploring social impact

Rory Leahy

Chief Safety and Sustainability Officer, Bus Éireann

ESG strategy and implementation in the public transport sector

Dr. Geraldine Brennan

Head of Circular Economy, CIRCULÉIRE, Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)

Transforming business models towards circular

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

13:15

Lunch break

14:00

Alexa Toomey

Head of Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Agtech, Enterprise Ireland

Embedding sustainability in your organisation

Elaine O'Connor

Head of Sustainability, Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland

Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland’s sustainability strategy: Challenges and opportunities

Marion Jammet

Head of Policy and Advocacy, Irish Green Building Council

ESG in the construction industry

Ché McGann

Director of Responsible Business & ESG Reporting, Goodbody Clearstream and CDP Ireland

Aligning climate, ESG and financial disclosures to provide transparency

Question & answer session / Panel discussion

15:30

Chair’s closing remarks and conference close

Register

Register

Delegate rate

295

€295 + VAT @ 23% = €362.85

Charity rate

175

€175 + VAT @ 23% = €215.25

who

Who should attend?

Head of ESG

Finance Directors

Sustainability Director

Environmental Managers

CEO / Directors

Chief Operating Officers

Environmental Consultants / Advisors

Legal and Financial Advisors

Local authorities

Environmental Policy-makers

Climate Change Co-ordinators

Head of Social Impact

Sponsorship

Sponsorship opportunities

There are only a small number of opportunities remaining to get involved with Environment Ireland® ESG Forum as a sponsor and exhibitor. Sponsorship underlines leadership status and helps profile an organisation's activities and expertise within the sector. It is also often a springboard into the networking and informal strategic discussions from which major business opportunities arise. In exchange for sponsorship support the sponsor will receive an attractive package of benefits designed to maximise their organisation’s profile in front of this senior audience and leave a lasting impression upon the key decision-makers in attendance.

Contact Fiona McCarthy on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email fiona.mccarthy@environmentireland.ie for further information on how to feature your organisation at the conference.

venue

Venue

The Gibson Hotel

Point Square
North Dock
Dublin, D01 X2P2

The Gibson Hotel in Dublin 1 is located in the point square beside the 3 arena. It is easily accessible by Luas tram which is located outside the hotel. Please click the button below for further information on location, public transport and car parking.

Directions and Public transport

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