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About the event

ICGN is proud to host the 2024 Conference in London.

Join us and over 400 influential governance professionals in London. As the governance and investor stewardship landscape continues to evolve, our leading expert speakers will provide attendees with key insights into best practice and highlight future priorities for companies, investors and stakeholders.

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Date

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Location

Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

Fee

ICGN Member:  TBC
ICGN Non-member:  TBC
 

 

Speakers

Chair of the Board
ICGN
Ian Burger
Lord Mayor of London
City of London
Lord Mayohrrr
Chief Executive Officer
ICGN
Kerrie Waring

Agenda

  • 15 July 2024 - Day One

    12.00
    Registration
    13.00 - 14.00
    Hosted Lunch Session
    14.00 - 14.15
    Welcome Remarks from ICGN CEO

    Kerrie Waring, Chief Executive Officer, ICGN

    14.15 - 14.45
    Opening Keynote Address

    Professor Michael Mainelli, Lord Mayor of the City of London 

    14:45 – 15:45
    Plenary 1: Corporate governance as a driver for capital market growth and competitiveness

    Robust governance structures, high-quality reporting, and strong investor protections are pre-requisites for corporate entrepreneurship, resilience, and long-term value creation. These fundamental pillars instill investor confidence in efficient capital allocation and contribute to well-functioning financial markets. How do corporate governance codes help in facilitating transparency and investor confidence? What can Western economies learn from their Asian neighbors in attracting new listed companies and IPOs? How are traditional approaches to corporate governance evolving in the face of increased privatization and structural decline in listed companies? What can regulators do to capitalize on strong corporate governance as a measure for economic growth and social prosperity?

    15:45 – 16:00
    Refreshment Break
    16:00 – 16:15
    Keynote Address
    16:15 – 17:15
    Plenary 2: Rights and equitable treatment of shareholders for corporate accountability

    An effective system of corporate governance is reliant on the ability of investors to exercise their share-ownership rights in holding corporate boards and management to account in promoting the long-term success of the company. This basic principle is under threat with regressive proposals in many markets which serve to undermine investor influence, for example though dual class share structures, removal of voting rights for related party/ significant transactions, or introduction of virtual only AGMs. What can be done to reverse this negative trend? How are shareholder rights upheld? What may be the effect on markets choosing to weaken shareholder protections?  

    17:30 – 19:30
    Drinks Reception

    Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens

  • 16 July 2024 - Day Two

    08:00 – 17:30
    Registration Open
    08:00 – 09:00
    Breakfast Session
    09.15 - 09.25
    Day Two Introduction

    Ian Burger, Chair, ICGN Board of Governors 

    09.25 - 09.45
    Keynote Address
    09.45 - 10.45
    Plenary 3: Responsible use of Artificial Intelligence

    What does responsible development and use of Artificial Intelligence look like. What are the implications for human capital? What do investors expect of companies in terms of oversight, strategy, risk management and reporting?

    10.45 - 11.05
    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Nestlé

    11.05 - 11.20
    ICGN Sustainability Remarks
    11.20 - 12.20
    Plenary 4: Social inequality as a systemic risk
    12.20 - 13.20
    Lunch
    13.20 - 14.20
    Plenary 5: Strategic company and investor dialogue for long term value creation

    Boards, management, and shareholders have a common interest in engaging in constructive dialogue around a company’s strategy, governance, performance, sustainability, and resilience. This dialogue is facilitated through reporting, engagement, and the Annual General Meeting. How do investors prioritize their company engagement efforts? How do we ensure that dialogue is strategic, constructive, and ongoing, focused on issues of direct relevance to the company.

     

    14.20 - 15.20
    Hosted Sessions

    Session A: Hosted by Pomerantz LLP

    Session B:

    Session C:

    15.20 - 16.20
    ICGN Awards: Global Governance & Stewardship
    16.20 - 16.30
    Day two closing remarks
    16.30 - 18.00
    Break
    18.00 - 19.00
    Networking Drinks Reception
    19.00 - 10.00
    Conference Dinner
  • 17 July 2024 - Day Three

    08:30
    Registration Open
    08:30 – 09:30
    Breakfast Session
    09:45 – 09:50
    Welcome Back

    Ian Burger, Chair, ICGN Board of Governors 

    09:50 – 10:50
    Plenary 6: Assurance of sustainability reporting

    Over the past 12 months, both the IAASB and IESBA have published new standards on sustainability related assurance to enhance trust and confidence in investors around corporate reporting. ICGN published an Investor Viewpoint on this topic. Hear from leaders about the proposed IAASB’s General Requirements for Sustainability Assurance Engagements; IESBA’s Exposure Draft on Ethics Standards for Sustainability Reporting and Assurance and investors’ expectations.

    10:50 – 11:20
    Refreshment Break

    sponsored by Nestle

    11:20 – 12:20
    Plenary 7: Assessing high standards of corporate culture

    Corporate culture personifies beliefs, values and ethical behavior shared by the board and workforce. It relies on a common sense of purpose in managing and implementing a company’s strategic vision and long-term success. As the UK reels from one of its worst corporate miscarriages of justice in decades following the Post Office scandal, the importance of strong corporate culture is front and center of governance debate. To what extent do companies live up to glossy corporate value statements? How does this translate into high standards of moral and ethical behavior? Do boards lead by example acting with honesty and integrity? How do investors assess culture in their stewardship and wider investment processes?

    12:20 – 14:00
    Networking lunch
    14.00 - 15.10
    Hosted Sessions
    • Session D: TBC
    • Session E: TBC
    • Session F: TBC
    15:10 – 15:40
    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Nestlé

    15:40 – 16:40
    Plenary 8: Corporate resilience: what does this mean in practice?

    The role ofthe board to provide strategic guidance, risk oversight, and effective monitoring of management’s plans and performance in promoting the long-term success of the company. The recently revised G20-OECD Corporate Governance Principles includes an entirely new chapter on ‘sustainability and resilience’ focusing on materiality, metrics, disclosure, and assurance. What does this mean in practice for the role, structure and functioning of the board? How has it changed the narrative between companies and investors?

    16:40 – 16:50
    Closing Remarks from ICGN