Climate Change & Business Conference: It Starts in the Boardroom: changing the business climate

Climate Change & Business Conference: It Starts in the Boardroom: changing the business climate

BOARD DIRECTORS AFTERNOON

IT STARTS IN THE BOARD ROOM: CHANGING THE BUSINESS CLIMATE

Tuesday 9 October 2018, 2.00pm – 5. 35pm (followed by networking drinks until 7.00pm)

Join the Institute of Directors and the Climate Change & Business Conference for an afternoon of upskilling on climate change. Start by hearing from some of the world’s leading sustainable businesses on why climate action makes good business sense and the implications of a legislative emissions reduction transition plan. Then, after a flat white, explore why as a Board Director you should care about climate change internationally renowned Board climate advisors. Finnish, the day with carbon-zero wine courtesy of Yealands. 

This afternoon’s sessions are brought to you in conjunction with the Institute of Directors.

SESSION 3 – NEW FOR NZ, OLD HAT FOR OTHERS: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EXPERIENCES UNDER CLIMATE TRANSITION STRATEGIES
The proposal for a national, staged, transition strategy is not unique. The UK, Ireland, and Sweden have put into law a process for progressive carbon budgets and adaptation interventions. Luxembourg, among others, has deployed a Jeremy Rifkin developed Third Industrial Revolution transition plan.  In this session leading businesses share insights on operating within national climate transition frameworks. What are the opportunities they present? How do you maximise those? Where are the pitfalls?  What are the other drivers for business climate action, and does an Act really make a difference?

Chair: H E Mr Bernard Savage, Ambassador of the European Union to New Zealand

Keynote: The UK Climate Act: what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what NZ can do better, Chris Stark, CEO, UK Climate Change Commission 

Keynotes: Doing business under the UK’s Climate Change Act 2008
Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer(15mins, pre-record interview)
David Riley, Head of Carbon and Energy, Anglian Water Services

Keynote: Carrot or Stick? Incentivising Sustainable Business Practices in the Fashion Industry, Qiuale Wong, Head of Product & Marketing, Common Objective

SESSION 4 – IT STARTS IN THE BOARD ROOM: CHANGING THE BUSINESS CLIMATE
Boards of directors need to focus on climate change to ensure competitiveness, reputation, and resilience into the future. But what does ‘climate risk’ on the Board Agenda actually mean? What information should directors be expecting from management, and what questions should they be asking? How do corporate boards gauge and respond to climate risks thoughtfully and effectively? In this session directors will work together to unravel the answers to those questions.

Session sponsored by Air New Zealand

Chair & moderator: Kirsten Patterson, CEO, Institute of Directors 

Keynote: Understanding and fulfilling your fiduciary duty
Sarah Barker, Special Counsel, Minter Ellison Australia

A New Zealand perspective Lloyd Kavanagh, Board Chair & Partner Financial Services, MinterEllisonRuddWatts 

Keynote: How to translate complex sustainability trends and climate change into strategic business decisions & effectively advise and challenge your executive team Pip Best, Director - New Zealand Climate Change and Sustainability Services Team, EY 

Panel: From both sides of the Board table - integrating sustainability and climate change into operational decisions
Rob Campbell, Director 
Viv Heslop, Head of Transport Sustainability, Auckland Transport 
Lloyd Kavanagh, Director 
Mary Quin, Director 
Raveen Jadarham, CEO, Watercare 
Sophie Heighway, Sustainability Initiatives Manager, Auckland Council

Followed by Networking Cocktails.

Register for just this afternoon's sessions (Tuesday 9 October, 2pm onwards) or for the full conference. Check out the details here.

 

 

 

Last updated at 3:14PM on September 25, 2018