Miami Agenda

Tuesday, 15 October
*Please note this program is subject to change
13.30 - 14.15
Delegate Registration
13.30 - 14.15
Welcome Networking Refreshments
14.15 - 14.30
Opening Remarks
14.30 - 15.00
Opening Keynote
15.00 - 16.00
Plenary 1: Current Issues in US Corporate Governance – What International Investors Need to Know

This session will explore the main issues of US corporate governance that global investors should focus on for their engagement with US companies. To what extent do shareholder rights in the USA equip them to do this successfully? How will the rise of multiclass share structures impact governance mechanisms to mitigate these risks. Will ESG reporting take root in the US? The session will also review regulatory and public policy developments in the US affecting corporate governance. 

16.00 - 16.25
Networking Refreshment Break
16.25 - 16.50
Presentation: TBC
16.50 - 17.50
Plenary 2: Climate Change Risk: Priorities, Protection and Practices

Climate change has fast become a matter of corporate governance, with some investors exerting pressure for greater corporate disclosure of climate change risks. How are investors engaging on climate change? What protection for climate change risk can be offered? What are the practical considerations Boards should be aware of when considering natural disasters and changing climate hazards such as water risk? What roles should the climate lobbying play in the relationship between companies and regulators, and how should climate issues be considered in the context of other substantial systemic risks, such as financial stability and income inequality?

17.50 - 18.00
Closing Remarks
19.00 - 21.00
Conference Dinner
Wednesday, 16 October
09.00 - 09.10
Opening Remarks
09.10 - 09.30
Opening Keynote Address
09.30 - 10.30
Plenary 3: The Rise of Passive Investment: Consequences for Corporate Governance

With a growing proportion of assets owned by pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, being managed passively, our panellists discuss the role and effectiveness of passive investors as corporate stewards. What are the shareholder rights issues? How can passive asset owners and their managers meaningfully engage in corporate governance given economies of scale and resource limitations? What mechanisms exist for passive investors to help companies transition to a low carbon economy?

10.30 - 11.00
Networking Refreshment Break
11.00 - 12.00
Plenary 4: Human Capital Management – Best Practices and Investor Insights

Human capital is a critical component of a company’s ability to generate sustainable value for investors. It is important for investors to know what companies are doing to encourage diversity and inclusion and how they are handling workforce planning and talent oversight at the Board level. This session will share examples of good practices along with investor perspectives on the key identifiers they look for when assessing a company’s workforce capital management. The panel will also consider SEC guidelines for human capital disclosures that reflect each company’s particular circumstances and provide investors the information needed to make informed investment and voting decisions.

12.10 - 13.10
Hosted Sessions

 

Session A Hosted by MSCI
Session B Hosted by Deloitte
Session C Hosted by DRRT
13.10 - 14.10
Networking Lunch
14.10 - 15.10
Plenary 5: Integrating ESG into Executive Compensation Plans

Can remuneration plans for senior executives help to promote sustainable value creation for their companies by including ESG metrics within their incentive targets? Is this happening? Should systemic issues including income inequality factor into executive compensation?  Is executive compensation under control in the main markets? If not, what else can be done?

15.20 - 16.20
Hosted Sessions
Session D Hosted by ISS
Session E - TBC
Session F - TBC
16.40 - 17.40
Plenary 6: Revitalising the Investment Imperative in Latin America

The session will touch on a range of key issues affecting governance and good stewardship practices in Latin America. A key issue is how corporate governance practices improve value of companies in the region to global investors, as well as enhancing the incentives for companies to list and trade on Latin American exchanges. The session will address the issue of corruption scandals and the ability of companies to enhance compliance schemes to reduce these risks.

17.40 - 18.00
Afternoon Keynote
18.00
Closing Remarks