4th Colloquium: The Importance of ESG

* South African Standard Time, UTC + 2:00

Overview

Up to 80% of the market cap of companies are not additives in a balance sheet according to financial reporting standards. This percentage is made up of environmental, social and governance issues. These so-called ESG factors include how the board of a company is acting as a steward of nature, the quality of its social relationships with its stakeholders and how the company is being led and managed. People and planet have become important because of the resource constraints of planet Earth. Society wants to be able to draw the reasonable conclusion that the company is adding value to it and in making its money is not adversely impacting on the environment.

The modern corporate governance trend is a wide rejection of the notion of the primacy of the shareholder and the adoption of taking account of the needs interests and expectations of all the company’s stakeholders with the board making decisions in the best long-term interests of the health of the company. This trend is evidenced by the growth of ESG funds in the capital markets of the world.

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DETAILS

 

Date:
5 November 2020

Time:
08:00 – 13:00

Time Zone:
South African Standard Time, UTC + 2:00

VENUE

Online Conference

Event Schedule

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Welcome & Logistics

Opening remarks

Moving from mindless rules based to mindful outcomes-based corporate governance

The role of ESG in a global multi-capital reporting system

ESG audits in investment decisions - following the FSCA guidance notice and the EU directives

Jayne Mammatt will co-present with Anton van Wyk

The mindful outcomes based approach during and after Coronanomics

A Practical Approach to Embedding ESG into a company’s business model and strategic purpose

Discussion

Closing Summation

Carolynn Chalmers

Governance Advisor

Carolynn assists leaders and leadership teams to understand and apply governance principles and generate value for their organisations. She makes use of her expertise and experience in corporate governance, organizational strategy, Digital Transformation and systems thinking to do so.

Carolynn is the Chief Executive Officer of the Good Governance Academy and Managing Director of Go Govern. Carolynn also manages Africa’s largest online governance network.

Carolynn has extensive management and governance experience and has held various Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Board, Board Committee and Executive roles for international, listed, private and public organisations. Her experience spans many industries, including financial services, health, energy, construction, education, tourism, media and the public sector.

Carolynn is co-editor of the ISO standard for the governance of organizations (ISO 37000) and Chairperson of the associated South African Bureau of Standards mirror committee, TC309, where she also represents South Africa’s King Committee.

Carolynn is best known for her successes in designing and leading large, complex strategy and organisational transformation implementations – she attributes this success to the application of effective governance principles.

Carolynn has received numerous national and international accolades for public speaking.

Prof. Mervyn King

Patron, Good Governance Academy

Mervyn King is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa. He is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at Rhodes.

He has an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Universities of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and Leeds in the UK, an honorary Doctorate from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia and a honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chair of the Good Law Foundation.

He is Chair Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in London and of the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance. He chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight and was President of the Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years and a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris for seven years.

He is chair of the African Integrated Reporting Council and chair of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa.

He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally from the ICGN, the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance, the Indian IOD and the Regenesys Business School. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commerce, honorary fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; of the Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK; of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants; of the Certified Public Accountants of Australia; of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK, of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Chartered Director of South Africa.

He has been a chair, director and chief executive of several companies listed on the London, Luxembourg and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.

He has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business, advertising, sustainability and corporate governance issues in over 60 countries and has received many awards from international bodies around the world including the World Federation of Stock Exchanges and the International Federation of Accountants.

He is the author of five books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Auditor. Quo Vadis.”

He sits as an arbitrator and mediator internationally.

Ansie Ramalho

Corporate Governance Specialist

Ansie Ramalho is a lawyer by training and an authority on corporate governance with both theoretical and applied knowledge on the topic. She consults, presents, trains and writes on the various aspects of corporate law, directors’ duties and governance. She believes that corporate governance can and should be harnessed for the benefit of the economy, society and the natural environment.

Ansie serves as a professional non-executive director and her current directorships include the boards of KPMG South Africa and The South African National Blood Service NPC. She has been conferred the Chartered Director (SA) designation by the Institute of Directors South Africa (IoDSA).

She regularly facilitates training on corporate governance and company law for the IoDSA and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Sponsorship Development Programme offered by KAR. In addition, Ansie provides corporate governance consulting and advisory services on an ad hoc-basis to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank – working predominantly in sub-Sahara Africa. Her more recent IFC assignments involved reviewing the code of corporate governance for the Rwanda Capital Market Authority and the drafting of listings requirements pertaining to corporate governance for the Ghana Stock Exchange.

Ansie is a member of a number of technical committees, including the King Committee on Corporate Governance for South Africa and the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa. She is also the appointed examiner for the Chartered Director designation of the IoDSA. Ansie is also certified as a results coach.

From August 2014 to November 2016 Ansie was the appointed King IV Project Lead with responsibility for the successful finalisation of the King IV Report on Corporate Governance for South Africa, 2016. This role involved the design of the project and its governance structures, oversight of project implementation, stakeholder engagement and the drafting of the King IV Report.



Ansie’s prior positions include being the Chief Executive of the IoDSA from 2010 to 2014. Before joining the IoDSA, Ansie cut her business teeth at KPMG in the corporate restructuring and recovery environment with assignments that included the Saambou Bank receivership and Kebble insolvency. Ansie played a key role in respect of both. The experience on business failure was applied with much fruit when she later took up the position as a dedicated corporate governance specialist

Charles Tilley

CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council

Charles Tilley, OBE, FCMA, CGMA is the current CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

Formerly CEO of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Charles spearheaded the joint venture with the American Institute of CPAs, and was fundamental in conceiving and creating the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA).

Charles is chairman of International Federation of Accountants’ (IFAC) professional accountants in business committee.

Charles is a member of the IIRC and previously chaired the IIRC’s technical task force, the group responsible for developing the framework. He is also a member of the UK Financial Reporting Council’s Lab and the A4S Advisory Council.

Prior to joining CIMA, Charles spent 14 years at KPMG, becoming a partner in 1986. Subsequently, he held senior positions as Group Finance Director of investment banks Hambros plc and Granville Baird plc. He has also held non-executive positions at the Ipswich Building Society and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

For his positive leadership and achievements in promoting the importance of management accounting, Charles was recognised in the 2016 New Year’s honours list and awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the economy.

Anton van Wyk

PWC, Africa Clients, Markets and Development Leader

Anton is the Firm’s Africa Clients, Markets and Development Leader and the Global Relationship Partner on 3 of the firm’s top clients.

Anton was admitted as a partner in 1998 and served as PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global Internal Audit Services leader between 2004 and 2009. He led the Risk Assurance practice (IT Risk Assurance, Internal Audit, Sustainability & Governance) for the Africa Firm from 2004 to 2017.

Anton has over 35 years experience in Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Internal Audit, and has worked with a range of local and global clients. He has served as a board member of PwC’s Africa Governance and South African Governance Board between 2011 and 2014, and was a member of the firm’s Business School Board. Anton served on PwC’s Africa Leadership Team between 2014 and 2019.

Anton is a full member of the King Committee on Governance in South Africa. (Since 1999). Anton is the Chairman of the Board Governance Forum, under the auspices of the IoD-SA.



Anton is a past Global Chairman of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He is the first individual from the African continent and the first South African to have led the world’s largest internal audit organisation (200 000 members).

A notable highlight during Anton’s Chairman year was addressing members of the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York City, together with the then Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. Anton was awarded, in 2018, the Victor.Z.Brink award for distinguished service, by the Global IIA.

The IIA recognised Anton as a dedicated volunteer, advocate, and leader whose guidance and extraordinary efforts have greatly impacted the profession of internal auditing, globally.

Jayne Mammatt

Partner PwC South Africa, Sustainability and Climate Change

Jayne is the Partner in charge of PwC South Africa’s Sustainability and Climate Change department, where she focuses on developing and delivering services in the areas of:
• sustainable development strategy, framework, practices, reporting and assurance
• Sustainable Development Goals
• integrated reporting and management
• social and environment impact and outcomes measurement
• safety, health and environment risk, performance and compliance and
• climate change risk and resilience

Jayne is a Chartered Accountant by profession but has been working in the broad areas of corporate governance, sustainable development and climate change since 2002. During this time, she has worked across a variety of industries including mining, oil and gas, banking, insurance, telecommunications, technology, construction, real estate and state-owned entities.

As part of her work she has also written various “thought leadership” articles for publication in the press, presented at numerous conferences, is co-author of The Company Director’s Handbook published and contributed a chapter to SAICA’s Green II. She was also a member of the IOD Sustainable Development Forum, the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa (IRCSA) Working Group and the National Business Initiative’s Advisory Committee on Environment and Sustainability. Currently she is a board member of the IRCSA and a member of the King sub-committee on climate change.

Mohamed Adam

General Counsel, ArcelorMittal

Mohamed is an admitted attorney and obtained a BA law degree at the University of Durban-Westville and an LLB degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa. He also holds an LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Essex in the UK.

He held several positions in Eskom in a professional and management role, and in February 2015 he joined ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited as General Counsel and GM Regulatory Affairs.

His experience includes involvement in executive management, legal and compliance, ethics, corporate governance, sustainability and integrated reporting.

He has been a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance for many years and served on the King IV task team. He was also the chairman of the board of directors of The Ethics Institute until July 2019.

He is the co-author, together with Dr Reuel Khoza, of – ‘The Power of Governance: Enhancing the Performance of State-Owned Enterprises’ (2005).

Geoff Kendall

CEO, Future-Fit Foundation

Geoff is an entrepreneur whose experience spans sustainability consulting, tech startups, and academic research. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, and is CEO and Co-Founder of Future-Fit Foundation, a non-profit whose focus is to translate systems science into free tools to help companies and investors accelerate the transition to a flourishing future.

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