From investing in sustainable manufacturing and clean energy to improving diversity and imposing ethical guidelines, revived calls for pro-ESG reform have left many boards scrambling to keep up with the times and manage investor expectations. Money managers have begun to screen for fossil fuel-related stocks and vote against company management teams that refuse making environmentally friendly decisions.
With such stark criticism and investor backlash, ESG concerns are forcing a reassessment of risk and asset allocation at the world’s top companies. But will this new way of thinking create a wholesale reorganization of the capital markets? What are the things that every company needs to do to be a part of the new economy and to use its business as a driving force for social change, not just profits?
Join The Deal and Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and co-anchor of “Squawk on The Street” on CNBC, for a day of networking and education comprising compelling one-on-one keynote interviews and panel discussions to explore what issues are hot in the boardroom and how the world’s largest institutional investors are placing these initiatives at the center of their investment approach.
For more information about the Corporate Governance conference, view the agenda and speaker roster from our 2019 Conference.
PRE-CONFERENCE C-SUITE DINNER:
On the evening before the conference, The Deal will host an invitation-only dinner to bring together C-suite executives, board directors and the firms that serve them. Qualified registrants will be contacted about dinner attendance. Sponsor firms have the opportunity to join The Deal in this unique environment for networking and business development. For more information, please contact Jenney Smith at [email protected] or 212.224.3022.
James J. Cramer is the Host of “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” & Co-Anchor of “Squawk on The Street” on CNBC and the Founder of TheStreet, Inc.
When it comes to environmental, social and governance issues, what is the right mission and purpose for a corporation in 2020? Are the markets heading toward a wholesale reorganization? As Larry Fink of BlackRock suggests, is there a need for a new type of index that measures not only a company’s performance financially but its effect on and contribution to the world on an environmental and social level? How can positive change be achieved at the governance level?
Diversity isn’t just a mandate from a federal or state agency; it’s a necessity for successful business. But diversity isn’t always easy, and enacting such change can often come at a snail’s pace. What are companies doing to encourage diversity from top to bottom both in terms of gender divides but also racial and cultural divides? How do companies operating in multiple jurisdictions where such standards may differ navigate such circumstances?
No matter the best efforts of a leadership team, crisis can hit anywhere and anytime. How does a company handle a major environmental disaster, human tragedy or executive corruption scandal? How do you handle a CEO who is undermining the principles of the company? How do shareholders and board members respond — and what steps should companies take — to reduce permanent long-term damage from these types of crises?
Shareholders and management teams at the world’s top companies aren’t the only ones invested in sustainable practices to reduce carbon footprints. The earth, an often-overlooked stakeholder in global commerce, is perhaps the one with the most to lose in the fight against carbon emissions. What is the best path toward going carbon-neutral? How are companies attracting investment and support from shareholders in a shift toward more eco-friendly practices? How do companies shift toward carbon-neutral and sustainable practices without gravely sacrificing profits? Does all of this really matter?
How do the needs of a company’s management team align with the needs of those on the floor or those of customers? How do companies enact sustainable and profitable practices without short-changing customers? How do companies manage shareholder concerns and sustainable practices with price controls and customer management? Are there correlations between employee morale, share performance and customer satisfaction?
The Corporate Governance conference attracts senior executives, board members and investors from a variety of sectors.
Sponsorship: Jenney Smith E: [email protected] P: 212-224-3026
Register/Press: Nicole Harris E: [email protected] P: 212-224-3040
Speakers: Eric Salvarezza E: [email protected] P: 631-664-1311
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