ESG x Governance: The Materiality of Board Leadership
Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 – 3 PM CEST | 9 AM ET | 9 PM SGT Duration: 60 min.
Boards of Directors are the ultimate responsible of a company’s actions. The latest surge of legislation – notably in the EU but not only – makes this tangible. And yet: What exactly are the roles of boards in this context? What skills do they need? How can they successfully steer a company through this increasingly complex topic while doing what they are expected to do: Preserve the company’s value long-term?
In this webinar we will address these aspects and fathom the role boards of directors must play, and how they can do so successfully.
Ludo van der Heyden – INSEAD Chaired Professor Emeritus in Corporate Governance.
Ludo has been Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD since 1988, the INSEAD Chaired Professor in Corporate Governance since October 2010, and the INSEAD Chaired Professor Emeritus in Corporate Governance since September 2018. He was the founding Academic Director of INSEAD’s Corporate Governance Center, where he co-founded a number of programs: International Directors Program, the Modern Governance in Banking, Value Creation for Owners and Directors, and Advanced Strategy for Directors. He was the first holder of the Wendel Chair for the Large Family Enterprise, which transformed into the Wendel International Centre for the Family Enterprise. He co-authored the book Value Creation for Owners and Directors, with Massimo Massa and Kai Taraporevala (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023).
He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Naftogaz of Ukraine and is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Seisquare, a software company for estimating natural resource reserves. He was a member of the Board of Bencis Capital Partners and is a co-founder of the Association des Plantes Aromatiques et Médicinales, which is an NGO supporting the restart of essential oils production in Milly-la-Forêt (near Fontainebleau).
Jessica Cheam – Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Business.
Jessica is the Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Business, Asia Pacific’s leading independent media and business intelligence organisation dedicated to sustainable development. She is recognised as a sustainability pioneer with two decades of experience in media, sustainable development and ESG issues globally.
She serves as an independent, non-executive director for Singapore-listed Wilmar International, Asia’s leading agribusiness group, and ComfortDelGro, one of the world’s largest land transport companies. She chairs ComfortDelGro’s Board Sustainability Committee, and is a member of its Audit & Risk; and Digitalisation Committees.
Kiku Loomis – INSEAD MBA’93D, Sustainability Strategy Consultant.
Kiku has over 20 years’ experience in the field of business and sustainability both nonprofit and for profit settings. As a sustainability strategy consultant at Futerra, a UK based sustainability communications and branding firm, Kiku has helped numerous global Fortune 500 companies to strengthen their sustainability programs, mitigate risk, and drive positive impact. Prior to joining Futerra, she served at the Rainforest Alliance as the Director overseeing traceability, claims and the well-known Frog Seal found on thousands of products containing Rainforest Alliance certified coffee, cocoa, tea, and other sustainably grown agricultural products. She also served as a Director of Integration following the merger of Rainforest Alliance and Utz Certified, overseeing its transformation into one of the world’s largest certification organizations. Prior to that, Kiku led the human rights supply chain sustainability program at PVH – the owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger – overseeing more than 1000 factories globally. In 2000 she co-founded World Monitors, a consulting firm specializing in the emerging field of business and human rights. There she worked with apparel and footwear firms to strengthen stakeholder relationships and raise awareness of the importance of human rights in business worldwide. At World Monitors she also helped to launch and lead the Fair Factories Clearinghouse, a tech based platform to help brands and retailers collaborate to improve factory conditions which sold to Worldly in 2023.
Frederik Otto – Founder and Executive Director of The Sustainability Board (TSB).
Frederik Otto is the founder and executive director of The Sustainability Board (TSB), an independent think tank that aims to advance sustainable practices in leadership and governance.
Frederik has been a leader in consulting multinational companies on organisation and human capital strategy for over 15 years, with a recent focus on sustainability and ESG. Since 2019, in partnership with a contributor network of board directors, chairs, advisors, and academics, Frederik and team have undertaken extensive research on businesses’ and boards’ actions on sustainability strategy and governance.
Besides running TSB, Frederik is also the Advisory Lead and Head of Client ESG for a Global Fortune 500 company that is the world’s leading provider of human capital solutions.
Frederik hosts the ‘Leadership Conversations by TSB’ podcast, where he interviews movers and shakers in sustainable leadership. He is also a member of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism and a fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar.
He has written articles for several leadership and governance resources such as Board Agenda, Ethical Boardroom, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, and more.
Moderated by: Dr. Pamela Ravasio – Founder and managing director @Shirahime Advisory.
Dr. Pamela Ravasio is the founder and managing director of Shirahime Advisory, a Corporate Responsibility Governance boutique consultancy. She serves as fractional Chief Sustainability Officer for companies and advises boards on ESG and governance. With a background in roles like Global Stakeholder Manager, she played a key role in making the European outdoor industry a leader in future-proofing.
She currently sits on the boards of Polygiene AB and INSEAD’s International Directors Network.
Organized by the INSEAD International Directors Network (IDN) and the INSEAD INDEVOR Global Club.
Co-sponsored by: INSEAD Women in Business Global Club, INSEAD NAA Switzerland and INSEAD NAA USA
The registrations are screened. Please submit your registration by Apr 9th to receive the access link.