Melbourne panel event opportunity for Monash/Rotary ESG Forum - 11/12 Aug

Hello B Corps,

Our Certification and Standards Manager, Lauren Cain, will be participating in a panel discussion at an ESG Forum on 11/12 August for 100-150 SME leaders on the topic of how to become a B Corp. The event organisers are looking for a representative from a mid-sized, experienced B Corp to join the panel and provide first-hand insights into the process, benefits and challenges of certification, alongside Lauren who will offer the B Lab perspective.

Further details are below. If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with me before the end of this week (14 July).

Organised by Melbourne Southbank Rotary on the 12th & 13th August at the Hyatt Place Melbourne, Essendon Fields. The Forum is structured over two days during which time it will deal with the What, the Why and the How of ESG.

On the first day, the panels will be looking at the key drivers influencing the adoption of ESG globally. How global frameworks are being interpreted and adapted locally, and how the new reporting frameworks are likely to impact Australian businesses and their stakeholder obligations. It will also provide a focus for business to be alert to opportunities arising within this area.

The second day will canvas the role that businesses, and the boards which govern them, will be expected to adopt in order to analyse, evaluate, and integrate ESG reporting within their financial and business strategies.

We will also have presentations from those who have chosen to lead in this area, which relate their experience in identifying the necessary transitions and the paths to resolving the challenges they encountered. This is where the B Corp panel would come in.

With respect to B-Corporations, the presenter would be a part of a panel discussing the practicalities of embarking on certification, etc. as well as the key benefits this can offer in supporting businesses on their path towards recognised B-Corp status. This should hopefully present as an opportunity for attendees to engage with real-life scenarios which can help them to understand the range of impacts and help improve their overall understanding.

Topics for the panels at the two day Forum will address:

  •      Unravelling the alphabet soup - frameworks for ESG reporting
  •      The origins and importance of ESG analysis and reporting
  •      Managing risk through ESG
  •      Governance within sustainable businesses 
  •      ESG - more opportunity than threat?
  •      'Hushing', 'lighting' and 'rinsing' - the many 'greenwash' threats
  •      Preparing for the ESG journey

Presenters include:

  •      Professor Graeme Samuel (Monash Uni. Business School) 
  •      Professor Alan Finkel (former Aus Gov. Chief Scientist) 
  •      Ria Sanz, (Legal Counsel, Newcrest Mining) 
  •      Thomas Mayo (National Indigenous Officer at Maritime Union of Australia)
  •      Pablo Berrutti, (Senior Investment Advisor, Stewart Investors)
  •      Sarah Barker (Head of Climate Risk Governance, Mintor Ellison)
  •      Kelly O’Shannasy (Australian Conservation Foundation)
  •      Eytan Lenko (CEO, ‘Boundless Earh’)
  •      Professor Patrick Butler (Director, Monash Business School)