Climate Governance Forum - Virtual

01 August 2022
Hosted in Sydney, NSW

How can boards best equip themselves to deal with the fast-moving risks and opportunities associated with climate change?

When

Monday, 01 August 2022
9:00am to 4:30pm AEST

Cost

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Non-members

Location

Virtual Event - Online Venue
Virtual

Hosted in Sydney, NSW
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DPD Units

This event will earn you 10 DPD units

Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to our economic and social structures. Australian boards must adapt to the risks and opportunities inherent in climate change including new expectations from governments, clients, investors and employees.

This will require new skills and mindsets as well as an increasing focus from directors from all types of organisations.

Host of the Australian Chapter of Climate Change Governance Initiative (CGI), the AICD is committed to supporting members and the Australian director community to embed climate initiatives in boards’ decision making.

The Climate Governance Forum brings together leading experts who share their views on how businesses will be impacted by climate change and ways in which boards can contribute to decreasing carbon emissions.

This is a hybrid event if you wish to attend the event in person in Sydney please click here. 


Speakers

  • Sarah Barker MAICD, Partner & Head of Climate Risk Governance, Minter Ellison
  • Penny Bingham-Hall FAICD, Director, Fortescue
  • Karen Chester, Deputy Chair, ASIC
  • Philip Chronican GAICD, Chair, NAB
  • Kathleen Conlon FAICD, Chair, Lynas Rare Earths
  • Dr Guy Debelle, CFO, Fortescue Future Industries
  • Stephen Dunne FAICD, Chairman, Investor Group on Climate Change 
  • Silke Goldberg, Partner and Global Head of ESG, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Professor David Karoly MAICD, Honorary Professor, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Karina Litvack, Chairman, Climate Governance Initiative
  • Sue Lloyd, Vice-Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board
  • Ming Long AM GAICD, Non Executive Director
  • Matthew Lunn MAICD, Partner, PwC
  • Dr Pradeep Philip, Lead Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
  • Diane Smith-Gander AO FAICD, Chair, Zip Co Limited
  • Geoff Summerhayes GAICD, Chair, Beyond Zero Emissions 
  • Sharon Thorne, Chair, Deloitte Global Board
  • Michael Ullmer AO FAICD, Chairman, Lendlease
  • Zoe Whitton, Partner, Pollination 
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FAICD, Chair, Natural Hazards Research Australia 

Schedule

Monday 01 Aug
Welcome to Country ()

AICD CEO, Angus Armour FAICD, welcomes attendees to the Climate Governance Forum, and outline some of the major themes and discussion points.

Speaker

  • Angus Armour FAICD Managing Director & CEO, AICD

NAB Chair, Philip Chronican, joins the Climate Governance Forum for a special presentation, and answers questions from the audience. 

Speaker

  • Philip Chronican GAICD, Chair, NAB

Moderator

  • Alicia Barry, Climate Governance Forum MC

Many Australian organisations and businesses have committed to reaching Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. But how achievable is this target? What transformations are needed for our economy? What is the role of the board in setting targets and oversighting progress? What are the risks of either making or declining to make a public commitment?

Speakers

  • Dr Guy Debelle, CFO, Fortescue Future Industries
  • Mr Michael Ullmer AO FAICD, Chair, Lendlease
  • Zoe Whitton, Partner, Pollination
  • Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FAICD, Chair, Natural Hazards Research Australia

Moderator

  • Dr Pradeep Philip, Lead Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
Morning Tea ()

Many boards report that stakeholders expect their organisations to take firm action on climate change. Investors, staff, customers and the broader community all want boards deliver real outcomes. How can directors better understand the needs of stakeholders, on climate change? What role should stakeholders have in a board’s decision-making process? What are the risks of not adequately considering stakeholders’ interests?

Speakers

  • Stephen Dunne FAICD, Chairman, Investor Group on Climate Change
  • Ming Long AM GAICD, Chair, AMP Capital Funds Management Limited
  • Geoff Summerhayes GAICD, Chair, Beyond Zero Emissions

Moderator

  • Tim Stutt, Partner & Australian Lead for ESG, Herbert Smith Freehills

All entities are under increasing pressure to publicly disclose action on climate change and discussions are underway for a compulsory disclosure framework both globally and in Australia.. How might reporting and disclosure obligations drive changes to an organisation’s climate actions? What information are investors and other stakeholders likely to require? How will directors address the risks of greenwashing? How will boards obtain reasonable assurance of outcomes?

Speakers

  • Penny Bingham-Hall FAICD, Director, Fortescue Metals Group
  • Karen Chester, Deputy Chair, ASIC
  • Matthew Lunn MAICD, Partner, PwC

Moderator

  • Christian Gergis GAICD, Head of Policy, AICD
Lunch ()

The influential TCFD process requires organisations to make long term predictions about various climate scenarios on vastly varied scenarios well beyond the normal decision-making horizons for boards. How do boards best engage with this work? What level of training and expertise might be required? What does the organisational journey look like when implementing these processes?

Speakers

  • Kathleen Conlon FAICD, Chair, Lynas Rare Earths
  • Professor David Karoly MAICD, Honorary Professor, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Diane Smith-Gander AO FAICD, Chair, Zip Co

Moderator

  • Sarah Barker MAICD, Partner & Head of Climate Risk Governance, Minter Ellison

Deloitte Global Board Chair, Sharon Thorne, delivers a video presentation for the Climate Governance Forum. She’ll describe the vital role Chairs and Directors have to play in addressing climate change. 

Speaker

  • Sharon Thorne, Chair, Deloitte Global Board 
Afternoon Tea ()

Climate change is a truly global issue, with wide-ranging implications across the planet. What steps are international boards and overseas directors taking to address this challenge? Are there measures and processes that we should be looking to replicate, here in Australia? What can Australian directors learn from their international counterparts?

Speakers

  • Silke Goldberg, Partner and Global Head of ESG, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Karina Litvack, Chairman, Climate Governance Initiative
  • Sue Lloyd, Vice-Chair, International Sustainability Standards Board
Forum Close ()

Sponsor

Herbert Smith Freehills

Networking Sponsor

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