STEWARDSHIP COMMONS 2022
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Social and economic progress is consistently punctuated by paradigm shifts that trigger new ways of operating for businesses, governments and individuals. We are undoubtedly amid one of these shifts. The pandemic, climate risks, social unrest, economic and racial inequality and more recently the Russian-Ukraine conflict, have tested not only society’s but also businesses’ resilience. To address some of these challenges, stakeholders in both the public and private sectors have strengthened their focus on ESG, accelerating its adoption and expansion. Today, there are multiple ESG benchmarks, rules and reporting criteria with a strong emphasis on metrics and measurement methods. Yet, unlocking the inherent value of ESG, which will contribute significantly to safeguarding our global commons, remains elusive and challenging, in part due to a fixation on quantifiable approaches. A significant amount of work is still required by investors and businesses to incentivise ESG practices and to this end, ESG measurements must be balanced with values-based principles.
In conjunction with Ecosperity Week 2022, Stewardship Asia Centre (SAC) will hold the third iteration of the Stewardship Commons, an action platform that convenes key stakeholders for an interactive exchange of ideas on the role of stewards in safeguarding our global commons. This year’s Stewardship Commons will serve as a call to action for investor and business communities to explore pathways in driving climate action and unlocking values for ‘greener’ growth. Stewardship Commons will be held on 7 June 2022 at Marina Bay Sands from 2.00pm to 4.30pm.
|Date: 7 June 2022|
Duration: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Location: Marina Bay Sands Singapore
|2.00pm||Opening Address by Prof Arnoud De Meyer, Chairman, Stewardship Asia Centre|
Introduction to Stewardship Commons
|2.05pm||Keynote Address on Investing in a Nature-Positive Future: What Businesses and Investors Can Achieve Together by Dr Fraser Thompson, Co-founder & Principal, AlphaBeta|
In this keynote address, AlphaBeta (part of Access Partnership) will outline the key business risks and opportunities presented by a nature-positive economy and share perspectives from Asia-Pacific’s businesses and investment community on financing the necessary transitions together.
|2.25pm||Unlocking the Realities of Steward Leadership in Practice by Ms Annisah Smith, Senior Research & Advocacy Manager, SAC|
This session will feature key insights from two company case studies on the effective integration of values-based ESG commitments to deepen the long-term impacts of sustainable business and investment practices.
|2.40pm||Leading Towards “Greener” Growth moderated by Ms Elaine J Cheung, Chief Financial Officer, Temasek’s Asia Sustainable Foods|
Business leaders from the investment and corporate space will participate in an interactive discussion on how they are practising steward leadership for “greener” growth by integrating ESG considerations into their business models.
Ms Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited
Mr Geoffrey Hill, Lead, Strategic Asset Allocation/Asset-Liability Management, Prudential Assurance Company Singapore (Pte) Limited
Mr Girish Ramachandran, President, Tata Consultancy Services Asia Pacific
|3.20pm||Investing In Our Collective Better Future by Ms Annisah Smith and Mr Shivin Kohli, Senior Manager, AlphaBeta|
Attendees will collaborate and explore how companies and investors can promote effective ESG and investment stewardship practices, while moving beyond compliance requirements and towards values-based ESG commitments.
|4.10pm||Closing Remarks by Prof Arnoud De Meyer|
|4.30pm||End of Programme|
*Participation is by invitation only
*Programme updated as of 26 May 2022
*Programme is subject to change
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