ICGN 2024 Annual Conference, London
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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15 July 2024 - Day One12.00Registration13.00 - 14.00Hosted Lunch Session14.00 - 14.15Welcome Remarks from ICGN CEO
Kerrie Waring, Chief Executive Officer, ICGN14.15 - 14.45Opening Keynote Address
Professor Michael Mainelli, Lord Mayor of the City of London14:45 – 15:45Plenary 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 – 16:00Refreshment Break16:00 – 16:15Keynote Address16:15 – 17:15Plenary 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 – 19:30Drinks Reception
Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens
16 July 2024 - Day Two08:00 – 17:30Registration Open08:00 – 09:00Breakfast Session09.15 - 09.25Day Two Introduction
Ian Burger, Chair, ICGN Board of Governors09.25 - 09.45Keynote Address09.45 - 10.45Plenary 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?11.05 - 11.20ICGN Sustainability Remarks11.20 - 12.20Plenary 4: Social inequality as a systemic risk12.20 - 13.20Lunch13.20 - 14.20Plenary 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 - 15.20Hosted Sessions
Session A: Hosted by Pomerantz LLP
Session C:15.20 - 16.20ICGN Awards: Global Governance & Stewardship16.20 - 16.30Day two closing remarks16.30 - 18.00Break18.00 - 19.00Networking Drinks Reception19.00 - 10.00Conference Dinner
17 July 2024 - Day Three08:30Registration Open08:30 – 09:30Breakfast Session09:45 – 09:50Welcome Back
Ian Burger, Chair, ICGN Board of Governors09:50 – 10:50Plenary 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 – 11:20Refreshment Break
sponsored by Nestle11:20 – 12:20Plenary 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 – 14:00Networking lunch14.00 - 15.10Hosted Sessions
15:40 – 16:40Plenary 8: Corporate resilience: what does this mean in practice?
- Session D: TBC
- Session E: TBC
- Session F: TBC
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 – 16:50Closing Remarks from ICGN