London Forum Agenda

09:30 - 10:00
Registration
10:00 -10:10
Welcome Remarks
10:10 - 11:10

 

Innovation: regional round-up from standard setters

Standard setters in 20 markets have established Stewardship Codes to encourage investor and company engagement – ultimately to preserve and enhance long term value. While there is a high degree of commonality, national codes reflect cultural nuances including differences in engagement approaches and voting practices. What can we learn from initiatives around the world as stewardship codes develop and mature? What are the latest innovations in each market impacting on stewardship practices?

11:10 - 11:30
Refreshments
11:30 - 13:00
Dialogue: critical factors for successful collective engagement

A presentation by the Investor Forum on the development of its collective engagement platform, and the critical factors for effective engagement. This will be followed by a panel session which will discuss collective engagement in practice, and lessons learned from companies and investors involved in collective engagement.

13:00 -14:15
Lunch
14:15 - 15:30
Hosted Break-outs

1. Stewardship and corporate reporting – Hosted by Mazars

Reliable corporate reporting is vital for investors to exercise their stewardship obligations on an informed basis. Is corporate reporting today fit for purpose for communicating long term value drivers associated with environmental, social and governance factors?

2. Systemic risk: what is it?

While many investors understand how systemic threats can impact the long term success of companies and overall economic development, many others flounder. How are investors approaching issues such as financial market stability, technological disruption, environmental damage, and social risks prompted by issues such as populism or wealth inequality? 

 3. Voting: how to get the most from your advisors?

With increased pressure for better quality voting decisions and execution, there is more pressure on investors to commit resource to vote decision-making. This is resulting in a wholesale review of proxy voting practices and increasing transparency on investment stewardship activities. How is this affecting asset managers in particular? To what extent are proxy voting agencies up to the challenge of ensuring substance over form?

15:30 -16:30
Disclosure: streamlining stewardship communications

This year ICGN is launching the Global Stewardship Awards to celebrate excellence and innovation in stewardship disclosures and practices. Publicly available conflicts of interest policies, voting policies and stewardship policies were assessed from amongst the ICGN investor community of more than 130 firms.  This session will provide examples of best in class and areas where there is room for improvement.

16:30 - 16:45
Closing Remarks
16:45 - 17:45
Post Event Networking with Refreshments
18:30 -23.30
ICGN Global Stewardship Awards & Gala Dinner

To register for the Awards and Dinner go to www.icgn.org/events/global-stewardship-awards-2018