ESG is an inextricable part of how we do business. Research finds that by getting our Environmental, Social and Governance proposition right, we will generate higher value creation.
Whilst its individual elements are intertwined, the factors which fall within the ‘S’ of ESG are as common or even more so than those which fall within the ‘E’ and ‘G’ in contributing to business risk and in turn can cause lasting damage to a company’s reputation or conversely can safeguard a company’s long term success.
Companies have made great progress in disclosure on their environmental and governance standards but less so in social impact and performance. Against a backdrop of an increasing scope of the factors within ‘S’ over the years coupled with the unprecedented scale and depth of the COVID-19 crisis – ‘S’ is attracting greater attention from employees, customers, community, shareholders and regulators. What may have been fit for purpose in the past – is now being challenged, reworked and renewed to rebuild ‘S’ credentials and increase societal impact.
CWN is planning a webinar to follow National Inclusion Week on 7th October at 12 noon. Michelle Weston, CEO, Good Business Initiative will host a panel discussion with representatives from CWN Corporate Members from ANZ Bank, BCS Consulting, Nomura and WIPRO to discuss how their companies thinking and actions are evolving in this space and how to measure their impact. They will showcase best practices and openly discuss the challenges they’re facing.
Michelle created the Good Business Index which measured the ESG performance of 50 Times top graduate employers and has first-hand experience at working out what S indicators to use.
Confirmed panellists to date:-
Michelle Weston, Good Business Initiative
Michelle Weston has been the CEO of The Good Business Initiative (GBI) since 2018. GBI is a non-profit organisation established by ECC, a global coaching and leadership firm, that works with organisations to help them unlock their potential and improve their positive impact on society Prior to this she worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years. In her most recent role in this sector, she was Europe based Executive for S&P Ratings (SPGI). She is a charity trustee and board member of organisations like Regenerate who are working on how to grow the ecosystem for purpose-driven businesses. She is also a senior advisor with The Good Economy, an impact advisory firm that specialises in measuring and managing long-term, sustainable impact.
Bobby Charalambous, ANZ
Bobby joined ANZ Banking Group in 2011 and is currently Head of Operational Risk Europe and Climate Risk Project Lead Europe. Prior to this Bobby has worked in Back and Middle offices both at ANZ and a number of other Investment Banks including Dresdner Bank and Commerzbank and has extensive knowledge of Global Markets. She also project lead GDPR and Brexit for the Europe offices. As well as her current roles Bobby also champions Mental Health and is a Co-Leads of the D+I forum at ANZ London and is passionate on all things Climate and ESG related. Bobby lives in Kent with her husband and 5-year-old daughter. In her spare time enjoys travelling, hiking and ballroom dancing.
Jonny Boddington, BCS
Jonny is a social entrepreneur and the Chief Responsibility Officer of BCS Consulting. Having started his career as a classroom teacher, Jonny has since worked predominantly in start-up and fast growth organisations in both private and third sectors, with a theme of social justice running through most of his projects. In his current role, Jonny leads the responsible business strategy for BCS, an employee-owned management consultancy firm working predominantly in Financial Services. Jonny has founded and co-founded several companies and charitable initiatives, including The Brilliant Club, Researchers in Schools and ImpactEd, and has worked as CEO of the Peter Jones Foundation. Jonny was named in the Top 10 Young UK Social Entrepreneurs in 2010, listed by the Observer as one of Britain's 50 New Radicals and won the Guardian's Charity of the Year Award. Jonny is on the board of The English Speaking Union, ImpactEd, The Young Foundation and is a Teach First Ambassador and advisor to the British Science Association.
Andrew Bowley, Nomura
Andrew is the Wholesale Governance Officer, responsible for support of Nomura’s Wholesale Division governance including executive committee, board level oversight of investments and partnerships.
Andrew is the Deputy Chair and co-ordinator of Nomura’s Wholesale Sustainability Forum, responsible for setting the business strategy and leading initiatives to adapt the business to the developments of Sustainable Finance and the challenges and opportunities of climate change and the ESG thematic. This leadership spans the Nomura Greentech advisory business, infrastructure financing and product innovation, as well as internal frameworks for ESG deal screening and alignment to frameworks such as the UN Principles for Responsible Banking.
Across a career in financial services spanning 34 years, Andrew has held front office business development and management roles across equity and fixed income asset classes, and held external advisory roles.
Rozy Contractor, WIPRO
Rozy is a Business Development & Strategy Professional in Tech with 28 years at Wipro. She managed key client relationships across India & Europe. A humane being with unyielding integrity, passion for positive outcomes, inclusivity, respect for self and others, Rozy is reputed for building customer intimacy and trust across the customer enterprise. Her Diverse experience is enriched with Technology Program Management, Organization Change Management, Partner Solution Creation, Crowdsourcing, Business Strategy & Sales Operations, working in virtual teams across internal and external roles.
In addition to representing Wipro where 67 cents per Dollar of profit is used on equal education and related social causes in India, Rozy has also led Wipro’s European Committee on the Prevention of Sexual Harassment for 7 years and is the champion for Invisible Disabilities in Wipro’s D&I program.
Rozy chairs two initiatives in her local Zoroastrian UK community towards alleviating isolation in the elderly, and a mentoring platform for enabling fresh graduates and those who lost livelihoods during COVID, to (re)build self-confidence and access a valuable network of volunteer mentors. She also volunteers as an active Mentor on the Everwise platform since 2019.
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