European Corporate Governance Conference 2021: Beyond Traditional Corporate Governance – Sustainability & Innovation

Organized by EY, ecoDa and the Slovenian Directors’ Association (SDA) and in partnership with ACCA, BusinessEurope and EuropeanIssuers , the European Corporate Governance Conference 2021 - an accompanying event to the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU - brings together decision-makers (European Commission and European Parliament), academics and key business experts from EU and beyond.

A discussion about Corporate Governance along the lines of Sustainability & Innovation is quite timely given the European Commission ongoing initiatives related to the European Green Deal and the Capital Markets Union, such as Sustainable Corporate Governance, Corporate Sustainability Reporting and external audit.

How Corporate Governance and reporting obligations can increase understanding of the changing scene and new challenges in order to better foster the long-term existence of companies? Are we witnessing a real paradigm shift? How to ensure that companies do not just "green" their activities but embed new strategic models?

Presenters

Andrew Hobbs
EY EMEIA Public Policy Leader
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Anne-Hélène Monsellato
Independent director
Dr Christoph van der Elst
Christoph van der Elst
Professor of Business Law and Economics at Tilburg and Gent University
Ms. Elisabeth Gambert
Elisabeth Gambert
CSR and International Affairs Director, AFEP
Mr.
Evan Epstein
Executive Director, Center for Business Law & Adjunct Professor, University of California Hastings College of the Law
Mr. Filip Gregor
Filip Gregor
Head of the Responsible Companies Section, Frank Bold
Mr. Goran Espelund
Göran Espelund
Board Member, Lannebo Fonder AB
Mr. Gorazd Podbevšek
Gorazd Podbevšek
Chairman, Slovenian Directors’ Association (SDA)
Heidi Hautala
Heidi Hautala
Member of the European Parliament
Ms. Irena Prijović
Irena Prijović
Executive Director, Slovenian Directors’ Association (SDA)
Mr. John Bendermacher
John Bendermacher
Chief Audit Executive, Euroclear
Julie Linn Teigland
EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner and EY Global Leader – Women. Fast forward
Ms. Leena Linnainmaa
Leena Linnainmaa
Secretary General, Directors’ Institute Finland, & ecoDa Chair
Philippe Lambrecht
Philippe Lambrecht
Chair of Business Europe Legal Committee
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Rachael Johnson
Head of Risk Management and Corporate Governance, ACCA
Mr Roger Barker
Roger Barker
Director of Policy and Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors
Ms Salla Saastamoinen
Salla Saastamoinen
Acting Director General, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST), European Commission

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Conference agenda

14.00: Welcome 
Irena Prijović, Executive Director, Slovenian Directors’ Association (SDA)

14.05: Opening speech
Julie Teigland, EY EMEIA Area Managing Partner and EY Global Leader - Women. Fast forward

14.15: Keynote speech
Salla Saastamoinen, Acting Director-General, DG JUST, European Commission

14.30: Fireside chat between Dr. Roger Barker, Director of Policy and Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Göran Espelund, Board Member, Lannebo Fonder AB, moderated by Andrew Hobbs, EY EMEIA Public Policy Leader

15.00: Panel 1 - Corporate Governance as a tool to embed SUSTAINABILITY
The European Commission’s will implement the Green Deal is not wavering. Different EC initiatives such as Sustainable Corporate Governance and due diligence will complete this European strategy.

How Corporate Governance and reporting obligations can increase understanding of the changing scene and new challenges in order to better foster the long-term existence of companies? Are we witnessing a real paradigm shift? How to ensure that companies do not just "green" their activities but embed new strategic models?

Panelists:

  • Elisabeth Gambert, CSR and International Affairs Director, AFEP
  • Leena Linnainmaa, Secretary General, Directors' Institute Finland
  • John Bendermacher, Chief Audit Executive, Euroclear
  • Filip Gregor, Head of the Responsible Companies Section, Frank Bold
  • Rachael Johnson, Head of Risk Management and Corporate Governance, ACCA

Moderator:  Heidi Hautala, Member of the European Parliament

16.00: Panel 2 - Corporate Governance as a tool to foster Competition and Innovation
How to make sure that board members invest enough time in foresight. What is the right balance between backward-looking and forward-looking? How can the regulators promote an ecosystem that fosters innovation?

Panelists:

  • Anne-Hélène Monsellato, Independent Director
  • Christoph Van der Elst, Professor of Business Law and Economics at Tilburg and Gent University
  • Evan Epstein, Executive Director & Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law
  • Philippe Lambrecht, Chair of Business Europe Legal Committee

Moderator: Andrew Hobbs, EY EMEIA Public Policy Leader

17.00: Wrap-up
Gorazd Podbevšek
, Chairman, Slovenian Directors’ Association (SDA), and Andrew Hobbs, EY EMEIA Public Policy Leader

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