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ICAEW Climate Summit

18-22 October 2021

A five-day virtual summit of events, videos, podcasts and articles to help chartered accountants act on climate. This is the first such summit bringing ICAEW members from across the profession together on the issue of climate change.

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This digital event looking at climate change now and into the future is free for ICAEW members, students and the ICAEW Sustainability and Climate Change Community. Non-members are able to attend by joining the Sustainability and Climate Change Community, for more information please click here

The programme covers areas from governance and disclosure to personal leadership. Alongside a live sessions each day, we have a whole host of supporting content to ensure you gain practical insights to build a more resilient future.

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The programme

18 October 2021 - Climate disclosure

The Trouble with Scenarios
The TCFD believes that scenario analysis is an important tool for organisations to utilise when assessing the potential business implications of climate-related risks and opportunities. In this session, chaired by Lois Guthrie from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, we will discuss with our panellists how we can assist organisations with gaining the confidence to sign off on this analysis and how to use an interpretive lens to bridge the gap between organisation and investor perspectives. How can businesses use disclosure to tell their story?
Navigating TCFD: are you prepared?
Join this session with KPMG for an in-depth discussion and roadmap on integrating climate disclosures into reporting using the TCFD recommendations. Learn about the climate disclosures that are decision-useful for external stakeholders and how these flow into back-half reporting. What parts of the TCFD recommendations are hard to implement and why? Why is the Finance function core to the implementation of a climate strategy?
Accountability and the Paris Agreement
Meeting the net zero emissions goals by 2050 will require businesses to actively reduce their carbon emissions now. To demonstrate action, investors are demanding Paris-aligned financial statements. Join the panel as we discuss potential options and what could be included. How can the financial statements promote accountability and behavioural change? What types of emissions should be included, and what about wider environmental impacts?

19 October 2021 - Climate governance

Boardroom blind spots: are you addressing climate risk?
Has your board started to prepare for the risks of climate change? Do you have the information you need to make the right decisions? Companies need to embed climate plans into core business strategy. Join us for an interactive Q&A to get practical advice for the boardroom on your climate related questions. This session will be chaired by Iain Wright, Managing Director, Reputation and Influence at ICAEW, the panel will include Julie Baddeley, Chair of the Chapter Zero Board and Alan Stewart, NED and Audit Committee Chair at Diageo plc.

20 October 2021 - Climate finance

Integrating sustainable finance
Join this session to learn how Aviva is integrating sustainable finance into their business, building climate risk into risk management, and encouraging others to do the same. Discover how biodiversity feeds into investment and underwriting, followed by an innovative discussion on developments in the SDGs and technology from David Marriage.

21 October 2021 - Climate for SMEs

How to get started on your journey to net-zero
Join this session to discover practical insights for those that work in or advise SMEs on how they can start decarbonising their organisations. Hear from BEIS who will discuss the government’s focus on SMEs, including the resources in the SME Climate Hub. Scott Johnson from Kung Fu Accounting will provide a member perspective and touch on what an accounting b-corp means. Smart Energy will present why energy efficiency is a major consideration for business. Finally, SaveMoneyCutCarbon will delve into what they can offer businesses working towards net zero and the practical support they provide.

22 October 2021 - Climate leadership

Greening your finances
Often when we think of the term green finance it is associated with what a business is doing. This interactive session will help you understand how to take leadership in greening your personal finances, considering where your pension fund is held and personal investments that you can make. Ruffer will deliver an introductory keynote, followed by a panel discussion with: Bruce Davis, Founder and Managing Director of Abundance Investment; David Hayman, Campaign Director from Make My Money Matter; and Olivia Bucher, Financial Planner from Mazars Financial Planning.
Climate skills and education
If you are newly qualified or been in a chartered accountant for many years, ESG work is moving up the agenda in all businesses. This session will showcase what training and skills programmes ICAEW, CDSB and academics have to offer in this field. Joining the session are Professor Jan Bebbington, Director of the Pentland Centre, Lancaster University and Gemma Clements, Project Manager at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board.
Careers in climate
Are you looking to embark on an ESG or climate career? Whether you're a student looking to start your career, or a well-seasoned professional interested in making a change, join this live session to hear about each of our speakers' professional journeys and the skills needed to tackle climate change. Panellists include Mark Jerome, Head of Internal Audit at Green Climate Fund and Riona Bowhay, Assistant Manager on KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team.

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Further resources

The sea The role of business in delivering the UK's Net Zero ambition
  • Webinar
  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 00:00 - 14:20 BST

Join Emily Farnworth, who led the World Economic Forum's work on Climate Governance, in conversation with Chris Stark, as they explore business' role in delivering the UK's Net Zero ambition and the 6th Carbon Budget.

Canyon More Than a Number - profiting from the planet
  • Webinar
  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 00:00 - 14:23 BST

This session considers how the challenges businesses are currently facing because of the pandemic can also present an opportunity to rebuild business for a new sustainable economy.

Forest ICAEW GCSEA launch of Our planet: too big to fail
  • Event
  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 00:00 - 14:24 BST

Join the virtual launch of our second instalment of the widely successful "Our Planet" series. Hear what our panel of experts have to say about how we can play our part in saving our planet Earth.

Palm leaves Charting economic recovery to integrate green financing
  • Webinar
  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 00:00 - 14:21 BST

Can recovery packages and measures reset the global economy to address climate change or will we resume existing practices locked into an autopilot of destructive behaviour? Can we turn this crisis into a positive opportunity that will benefit us and generations to come?

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There will be an array of experts from various organisations joining each of our live sessions. Come back soon to find out more…

Julie Baddeley
Julie Baddeley Chair of the Chapter Zero Board

Julie is Remuneration Committee Chair at Ebiquity plc, Senior Independent Director of Marshall of Cambridge, and Co-Director of the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement, at Cambridge. Julie is Chair of the Chapter Zero Board, helping its network of non-executive directors to discuss the risks and opportunities of climate change in the boardroom.

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Bridget Beals Partner in KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team

Bridget is a Partner in KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team helping clients understand the physical and transition risks that they will face under various climate change scenarios, the impact of these risks on their operations and the strategy they need to put in place to mitigate these risks as well as to take advantage of any opportunities arising. Bridget has over 13 years’ experience in climate change and decarbonisation, spanning a variety of private and public sector roles including banking, Government advisory and strategic consulting.

 Jan Bebbington
Jan Bebbington Director of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, University of Lancaster

Jan's work focuses on issues that emerge at the intersections between sustainable development concerns and accounting scholarship and has published on topics such the Sustainable Development Goals; sustainability science; motivations and rationales for standalone reporting; carbon accounting; sustainability assessment and accounting education.

Riona Bowhay
Riona Bowhay Assistant Manager, KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team

Riona moved into KMPG’s ESG team last year and has worked on a range of climate risk engagements, performing scenario analysis, and helping companies understand the range of risks posed by climate change. Riona is passionate about the role of the Accountancy profession in dealing with the climate emergency.

Gemma Clements
Gemma Clements Capacity Building and Engagement Manager

Gemma joined CDSB in 2016 to support CDSB's technical and engagement work after being an educator in London. As training and education lead, Gemma manages the TCFD Knowledge Hub including authoring the e-learning courses on climate-related financial disclosure. She also leads on CDSB’s supporting services, helping companies improve their disclosure practice.

Bruce Davis
Bruce Davis Founder & Managing Director of Abundance Investment

Bruce Davis is Co-founder and joint Managing Director of Abundance Investment, the UK's leading investment crowdfunding platform for green and socially positive businesses and projects. Since launch, Abundance investors have collectively funded more than £115m of investments including recently the UK's first green municipal bonds from West Berks and Warrington Council.

Andrew Griffith MP is Net Zero Business Champion and a speaker at ICAEW's Climate Summit 2021
Andrew Griffith MP Net Zero Business Champion

Andrew is MP for Arundel and South Downs and the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion. His role aims to support UK businesses to make credible plans to net zero by 2050 and to showcase the UK’s place as a global leader in tackling climate change in the run up to COP26.

David Hayman
David Hayman Campaign Director, Make My Money Matter

David is a senior campaigner, policy specialist and strategy professional, with over a decade’s experience in the international development sector. David’s career also includes periods in strategy consulting, working at Accenture Development Partnerships, Bridgespan International, and Citi Private Bank in New York.

Mark Jerome
Mark Jerome Head of the Green Climate Fund’s Internal Audit Office

Mark Jerome is the Head of the Green Climate Fund’s Internal Audit Office. He was previously an audit partner at KPMG, where he focused on emerging economies and the development sector. He was also a member of KPMG’s international steering committee on the development sector from 2007 to 2016.

Mark Sait
Mark Sait CEO & Co-Founder, SaveMoneyCutCarbon

Mark Sait is known for his pragmatic approach to sustainability. His experience is in identifying and starting businesses that simplify fragmented markets to help move new technologies/solutions into the mainstream. SaveMoneyCutCarbon is his latest venture and is recognised as the “go to people for homes and organisations that want to reduce their energy and water bills”.

Richard Spencer
Richard Spencer Director of Technical Thought Leadership and Head of Sustainability, ICAEW

Richard joined ICAEW in 2005 to set up the sustainability practice within the technical strategy department. During this time Richard has led on the ICAEW’s thought leadership and engagement programme in sustainability.

Alan Stewart
Alan Stewart NED and Audit Committee Chair Diageo plc

Alan is a NED with Diageo where he has been on the board since 2014 and chairs the Audit Committee. He was a NED and Audit Committee chair of Games Workshop Group from 1996 to 2009 and a NED at Tesco Personal Finance Ltd (Tesco Bank) from 2017 to 2021. Alan was a founder member of the A4S CFO network which he co-chaired for some four years until his retirement and is a member of Chapter Zero.

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Helena Watson KPMG

Helena has over 10 years of audit and advisory experience at KPMG in the UK, working across a broad range of sectors. She has recently established KPMG UK’s Corporate Reporting Advisory team bringing together financial reporting and ESG specialists to provide advice to clients on all aspects of UK corporate reporting.

Iain Wright
Iain Wright Managing Director, Reputation and Influence, ICAEW

Iain Wright joined ICAEW as Director of Corporate and Regional Engagement in June 2018. Iain trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche and worked for the firm until 2003.

Ready for climate change?

Climate change, or the climate emergency is an issue that is defining our time. Are you professionally ready to mitigate the risk and maximise the opportunity of climate change? We at ICAEW are committed to enabling our members and the broader profession to respond to these challenges. Find resources, information and inspiration on the ICAEW Climate Hub. The time for business to act is now.

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