Kuala Lumpur Agenda

Pre-Event Acitivities:
Monday 10th July 2017
14:30 - 17:00
ICGN Board Meeting
16:30 - 18:30
GNIA Meeting
Day 1:
Tuesday 11th July 2017
08:30 - 09:30
Committee Meetings
  • Integrated Business Reporting Committee chaired by Claudia Kruse, APG Asset Management
  • Shareholder Responsibilities Committee chaired by Carol Drake, OhioPERS and Niels Lemmers, Dutch Shareholders' Association  
  • Business Ethics Committee chaired by Peter Montagnon, Institute of Business Ethics
09:45 - 10:45
Committee Meetings
  •  Accounting and Auditing Practices Committee chaired by Gary Buesser, Lazard and Liz Murrall, Investment Association
  • Corporate Risk Oversight Committee chaired by Brian Barnier, ValueBridge Advisors, LLC and Carola van Lamoen, Robeco 
09:45 - 10:45
ICGN Induction Meeting
11:00 - 12:00
Committee Meetings
  • Shareholder Rights Committee chaired by Bram Hendriks, NN Investment Partners and Eugenia Jackson, Allianz
  • Remuneration Committee chaired by Catherine Jackson, Selegna, Inc.
  • Stewardship Code Developers Meeting chaired by Kerrie Waring, Executive Director, ICGN 
12:00 - 13:15
Hosted Lunch Sessions
Session A: Engaging boards on workforce priorities: Talent strategies, opportunities and risks Hosted by EY

Businesses often identify people as their greatest asset, but fundamental changes in where, when and how work gets done can have a profound impact on a company’s strategy. Companies are adapting to disruptions beyond geopolitical market shifts, including those driven by the gig economy and the rise of big data, robotics and artificial intelligence. What related trends and risk factors should be on investors’ radar? How does the board oversee how management deploys and develops talent, including addressing skills gaps and building a diverse and inclusive culture that engages top employees while protecting the company’s brand and reputation?

13:30 - 15:45
ICGN Annual General Meeting
15:45 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:10
Welcome from ICGN Chairman
16:10 - 16:30
Welcome from the Host
16:30 - 17:00
Opening Address
17:00 - 18:00
Plenary 1: Redefining capitalism for a sustainable global economy

Lack of public trust in capitalism, coupled with political instability in major markets around the world, is calling into question the effectiveness of global governance standards and practices.  Confidence in the purpose of capital markets which serves to drive corporate value, economic growth and social prosperity is at an all time low. What can be done to turn the tide and channel our energies into the achievement of critical initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals? What are the macro-economic drivers to bring about change and how can we, at an institutional and individual level, play our part?  

18:00 - 18:30
ICGN Award
18:30 - 19:30
Press Conference
18:30 - 20:15
Welcome Reception
Day 2:
Wednesday 12th July 2017
07:30 - 08:45
Hosted Breakfast Sessions
09:00 - 09:10
Introduction to Annual Conference
09:10 - 09:30
Morning Keynote
09:30 - 10:30
Plenary 2: Global Round-Up: Governance priorities and challenges in major markets

Over the last decade there has been a dramatic shift in listings from developed to emerging markets resulting in a dominance of concentrated ownership in listed companies world-wide. Despite this fact, fundamental concepts of investor stewardship and corporate governance continue to focus on agency conflicts prevalent in broadly-held companies common in Australia, Japan, UK and USA. What are the governance issues that stem from different ownership structures? How are commonalities across Asian markets distinct from governance norms in markets dominated by broadly held companies? To what extent do regulators  embrace good corporate governance as a strategic issue or is it simply a compliance exercise? Is there a trend for some markets to disregard basic minority shareholder rights and how can this be overcome – if at all? 

10:30 - 11:00
Cultural orientation: What to do...and what not to do in Asia...
11:00 - 12:00
Plenary 3: Regional Round-up: unique characteristics in Asian markets

Each market in Asia has unique corporate governance characteristics and this session will provide a clear understanding of differences while drawing commonalities driven by initiatives such as the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard.


12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:15
Hosted Breakout Sessions
14:15 - 14:45


15:00 - 16:00
Plenary 4: Contrasting approaches to board composition: Is there an optimum model?

This session will examine the pros and cons of different models of board composition across major markets.  What are the challenges facing boards comprised solely of independent directors prevalent in the USA. Is the UK system with executives, non-executives and independent non-executives an optimal approach? How is succession managed in family controlled companies and what can directors do to be more effective in their oversight role? This session will also assess progress to improve gender diversity on boards as well as broader social and economic factors including the rising debate around employee representation.

16:15 - 17:30
Company Engagement Sessions

19:00 - 22:00
Conference Dinner
Day 3:
Thursday 13th July 2017
07:30 - 08:45
Hosted Breakfast Sessions
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome Back
09:10 - 09:30
Morning Keynote
09:30 - 10:30
Plenary 5: The dynamics of investor stewardship in the face of multiple corporate structures

Investor stewardship is promoted in many markets in Asia to encourage more active company and shareholder engagement. How should international investors’ stewardship approach be adapted to take account of local corporate and market culture? How do the engagement topics vary between countries: Are any issues off limits? To what extent is engagement encouraged and with whom – boards or executive management? What initiatives are being undertaken to encourage dialogue between companies and investors to help preserve and enhance long-term corporate value and sustainable capital markets?


10:30 - 11:30
Plenary 6: Enlightened approaches to corporate reporting

Are there differences in the scope of reporting/disclosure between Asian and Western countries? How is Asia responding to the ESG demands of globally diversified investors? What is the appetite for ‘integrated reporting’ in the region? What level, quality and frequency of reporting can we reasonably expect?

11:30 - 12:00
12:00 - 13:15
Hosted Breakout Sessions
13:15 - 14:30
Networking Lunch
14:30 - 15:30
Plenary 7: Responsible Investment – incorporating ESG as the norm and not the exception

The concept of responsible investment is gathering pace but some would say at tortoise speed. At what point can we drop the ‘R’ from ‘RI’ and consider the integration of ESG factors as mainstream? How are ESG risks and opportunities being considered by companies and investors alike? In this final session, companies will describe their approaches to managing issues such as human rights, water scarcity and carbon asset risk. Investors will share their insights into ESG analysis for the investment strategies of integration, engagement, voting and screening, risk profiling. 


15:30 - 16:45
The Great Debate


16:45 - 17:00
Closing Remarks
17:00 - 17:15
2018 ICGN Conference Announcement
*This programme is subject to change