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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk: Webinars & resources

Brought to you by ICAEW Financial Services Faculty, this is a series of events and resources to help appreciate the challenges and opportunities of better understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk through provision of better information.

ICAEW Financial Services Faculty are delighted to present a series of hour-long webinars including audience participation through polls and Q&A to enable the participating subject matter expert share their knowledge and experience. They will be hosted by an ICAEW technical expert with the option for additional speakers (ie. financial services decision maker). 

Each webinar will be accessible on demand and shareable for a period of time after the event. Following this, it will be exclusive to those who have memberships of ICAEW Financial Services Faculty, such as Banking, Insurance or Investment Management or the Sustainable and Climate Change Community.

The topics discussed will follow the science-data-risk-reporting-assurance theme. This will enable you, the audience, to treat the series as an introduction to ESG principles and requirements and appreciate all the challenges of meeting them.

Webinar 1 of 6

The Science behind climate change, net zero transition and planetary health and its implications to FS organisations

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has done ground-breaking research in several specific areas related to climate change and ESG considerations. These are for example The Pathfinder Commission for a Zero-Carbon future for Health, deforestation and the shifting spread of infectious disease and Environmental Epidemiology. They are keen to share the insights gained and suggestions of tying them back to risk management.

Our esteemed experts are scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The format will be a panel discussion between Prof Alan Dangour, Dr Sari Kovats and Dr Rachel Lowe and Hitesh Patel, Chair of the ICAEW Financial Services Insurance Committee.

This event was delivered on Wednesday 8th September, 11:00 - 12:00.

Webinar 2 of 6

Data: Are we at peak complexity?

We hope we are or least close to it. Complexity and lack of data are the most often cited challenges organisations face. However, this must not stop them in their preparation for the changing environment. There is more data available than it first appears and there are always alternatives.

We need to stop using complexity as an excuse, remove the silos and understand individual responsibilities too.

Our expert is Eoin Walshe, Head of ESG Analytics at PwC.

This event was delivered on Wednesday 15th September, 11:00 - 12:00.

Webinar 3 of 6

Data: In practice

Physical risk: What can be modelled and how is it relevant? How does it affect risk and its management?

Physical risk experts blend economic modelling with climate science to help you reduce risks, identify new opportunities, and build resilience in the face of climate change. They support financial institutions, corporates and governments around the world building on extensive experience across sectors to provide data-driven solutions tailored to specific needs.

Transition risk: What are the likely changes and how do they affect risk?

Regulatory requirements, the risk of impairment of assets, stakeholder pressure, changes in growth patterns, and competitive differentiation drive more and more financial organisations to develop a strategy to integrate ESG risks into their activities.

Our experts are Rebecca Self, Director of Sustainable Finance at South Pole, Natalie Ambrosio Preudhomme, Director at Moody’s ESG Solutions and Andrew Grant, VP, Climate Solutions at Moody’s.

This event was delivered on Tuesday 21st September, 16:00 - 17:00.

Webinar 4 of 6

Risk: How does climate risk fit into firms’ overall risk management? How do we turn the project into business as usual?

The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) is the leading organisation for risk management professionals. They have done a great amount of work exploring how risks related to climate change and ESG consideration need to be built into a firm's overall risk management. Sharing their insights with ICAEW’s audience help appreciate the systemic thinking necessary for comprehensive reporting.

Our experts are Jo Paisley, Co-President at GARP Risk Institute and Maxine Nelson, Leader in Risk, Capital and Regulation at GARP.

This event was delivered on Wednesday 6th October, 11:00 - 12:00.

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Reporting: Does reporting satisfy investor expectation? How do we achieve consistent and comparable reporting?

Relevant, reliable and comparable information is needed to enable investors to make the right decisions. At present the vast number of guides, regulations and directives on the marketplace induce corporate inertia. The Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) is the host of the TCFD knowledge hub and provides the best available practice at present.

Additional expertise to be provided by: CDSB.

This event was delivered on Wednesday 13th October, 11:00 - 12:00.

Webinar 6 of 6

Assurance: The assurance of reported ESG information

How do we ensure the information disclosed is appropriate and reliable? What framework assurance can be provided against? What are the chances of convergence?

ICAEW’s Financial Services Faculty provides a forum for financial services assurance experts to work together to create a consistent assurance framework of ESG disclosures.

Expertise provided by ICAEW.

This event was delivered on Wednesday 20th October, 11:00 - 12:00.


Please also find below a series of articles, links and related webinar recordings to support you with this intriguing and extensive topic.

ICAEW Financial Services Faculty Articles

ICAEW Financial Services Webinar Recordings

ICAEW Financial Services Faculty

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