Fireside Chat: ESG and Stewardship in the 21st Century

* South African Standard Time, UTC + 2:00

Reformulating social imaginary from one of despair to one of hope during a time of multiple crises.

Key areas of discussion

  • The role of the board of directors in relation to ESG and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Stewardship in the 21st Century
  • Envisaging good governance in the next 5 – 10 years

 

* From 1933 to 1944 U.S. President Franklin D. Rosevelt delivered Fireside chats – a Series of radio broadcasts – The chats are said to have been influential in reformulating the American social imaginary from one of despair to one of hope during a time of multiple crises, including the Great Depression and World War II. Fireside chats reinforced the importance of broadcast media and the use of common, everyday language when addressing the American people.

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Participants

Participant profiles are detailed below:

DETAILS

 

Date:
1 October 2020

Time:
15:00 – 16:30

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

VENUE

Online Conference

Event Schedule

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Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc

Patron, Good Governance Academy

CEO, Competent Boards

CEO, Good Governance Academy

Chad Holliday

Chair of the Board, Royal Dutch Shell plc

Charles “Chad” Holliday, Jr. is an American businessman and holds an honorary doctorate from Polytechnic University, and is a licensed professional engineer.

He started at DuPont in 1970 where he later was appointed as an engineer. He advanced through manufacturing and supervisory positions around the world until he was named CEO in 1998. Under Chad’s leadership, DuPont established a goal of achieving sustainable growth – increasing shareholder and societal value while simultaneously decreasing DuPont’s environmental footprint. As a result, DuPont has shifted from being a chemical company to being a science-based products and services company.

In September 2009, Chad was elected to the board of directors of Bank of America Corporation and in December 2010 was elected chairman.

In May 2015, Chad was appointed as chairman of Royal Dutch Shell.

Chad is:
* Chairman emeritus of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness
* Chairman of the Business Roundtable’s Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy.

He has previously served as:
* Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
* Chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section
* Chairman of The Business Council

He is also a founding member of the International Business Council.

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.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO, Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen is the CEO of Competent Boards, which offers the global online ESG Competent Boards Certificate and Designation Program with a faculty of over 100 renowned international board members, executives and experts.

She has a 30-year track record in turning Environment, Social, Governance (ESG), Climate and Sustainability risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities. She has worked with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives, as well as smaller companies and investors.

Besides being a board member, she serves on:

· His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S (Accounting for Sustainability) Global Expert Panel;
· The Non-financial Digitisation Working Group of the Impact Management Project (IMP);
· World Economic Forum (WEF) Expert Network for Corporate Governance, Leadership, and Emerging Multinationals;
· The Reuters Panel of Expert Judges for the Responsible Business Awards;
· Canadian Climate Governance Experts – a Commonwealth Climate & Law Initiative.

She has served as the Chair of the European Sustainability Reporting Association (ESRA); the Global Compact Network Canada; Datamaran; and as a member of International IDEA Finance and Audit Committee; The European Policy Centre (EPC) Governing board; the Sustainability Advisory Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and at the Sustainability Policy Group of the Institute of European Accountants (FEE).

Helle was the creator of the world’s first Green Account based on life-cycle assessment and the world’s first Integrated Report, the first integrated responsible supply chain management system, and was the principal organizer for the CEO/Investor-network for Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting. In addition, she led the improvement of investor communication for global companies and has worked on Natural Capital Accounting for IFC/World Bank.

In 2020 she was awarded the Global Impact Award and named one of “5 people in ESG to look out for”. She is a regular keynote speaker and author of many thought-leading articles and books.

She is a business lawyer and state-authorized public accountant (CPA) by training and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Auditing. She is a former PwC audit and advisory partner in Denmark and the US leading Sustainability & Climate Practices.

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.

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