Seminars and events
Ethos runs a range of events that bring together a wide range of voices.
Friday, June 16
9:00am – 12:15pm
Responsible engagement is concerned with institutional investors’ direct dialogue with investee companies about environmental, social and/or governance (ESG) issues. Although responsible engagement is gaining currency as an effective mechanism for institutional investors to advance their responsible investment strategies (by promoting investee companies’ adoption of sustainable management practices to ensure long-term value creation), it has been analyzed mainly from the perspective of investors, and rarely from the viewpoint of the ‘engaged corporations’. In addition, the processes whereby engagement in ESG issues create and delivers value for both investors and corporations have yet to be fully explored or understood. In particular, little is known about how corporations manage ESG requests nor about the processes by which investors’ engagement on ESG create value either for the targeted corporations, or for the practitioners dealing with sustainability or corporate social responsibility within corporations.
This event will bring together a panel of sustainable development executives, leading investors, experts from industry, and notably the Principles for Responsible Investment, as well as academics studying engagement, to discuss how corporate actors manage investors’ requests directly and interests in ESG issues. During the event, Professor Jean-Pascal Gond will share preliminary insights from a current PRI-funded project examining how corporations deal with the growing development of investors’ engagement practices. Expert practitioners and academics will then exchange their views and insight on the current trends related to engagement and their meaning for corporate actors.
Vincent Dufief – Investor Relations Director, Total, France
David Harris – Head of Sustainable Business at the London Stock Exchange (LSE), London, UK
Valeria Piani – Associate Director, Investor Engagements at the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative, London, UK
Dr. Michael Viehs – Engagement Professional, Hermes Equity Ownership Services, London UK
Dr Steve Waygood - Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investor, London, UK
Prof. Elroy Dimson – Cambridge Judge Business School, UK
Prof. Jean-Pascal Gond – Head of ETHOS, Cass Business School, City, University of London
Prof. Sebastien Pouget – Toulouse School of Economics, Toulouse, France.
- Organizing for the common good: revisiting performativity (April 2017)
- Unpacking Sustainability Metrics (May 2015)
- 13th European Academic Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance (April 2015)
- How to be good? From social movement to alternative organization - The case of Premium Cola (February 2015)
- Book Launch: Predatory Capitalism and the Corporate Reform Manifesto (December, 2014)
- Management Control for Sustainability: Exploring the Roles of Tools, Practices and Packages (November 2014)
- Launch of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise - What is the responsibility of business in addressing the challenge of sustainability? - (June 2014)
- The Changing Nature of the Relationship between NGOs and Corporations: collaborating beyond fences (November 2013)
- The Organizational Challenges of Corporate Social Responsibility Standardization: Building and Mobilizing Effectively CSR Standards (November 2013)
- (How) Can Investors Influence Corporate Social Responsibility? Shareholder Engagement Mechanisms, Strategies and Impacts (October 2013)
- Special Preview of "Red Ant Dream" (September 2013)
- Debating CSR. Cass Business School. (February 2013)
- Debating Shareholder Value. Cass Business School. (April 2013)
- CSR and Sustainability Consultancy. Cass Business School. (May 2013)
- CSR and Communication. Cass Business School. Joint event with Copenhagen Business School. (May 2013)
Is Corporate Governance past its sell-by date? Co-funded by Cass and the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, with FT coverage by Stefan Stern: What is a company for? (October 2015)
Corporate Governance Roundtable - Human Capital Debate, Co-funded by Cass and the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants (January 2016)
Corporate Governance Roundtable - Relationship between Taxation and Corporate Governance, Co-funded by Cass and the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants (April 2016)
London workshop with practitioners, regulators, standard setters, and academics (September 2015)
New York workshop with practitioners, regulators, standard setters, and academics
Zurich workshop with practitioners, regulators, standard setters, and academics (October 2015)
Amsterdam workshop with practitioners, regulators, standard setters, and academics (February 2016)
The Dutch Roundtable was part of Dutch Corporate Governance Code Revision Debate and the basis for a submission to the Dutch Corporate Governance Commission.
Paris workshop with practitioners, regulators, standard setters, and academics (April 2016)
Oslo workshop with practitioners, regulators, standard setters, and academics (August 2016)
Presentation of the the Corporate governance for a Changing World at a high-profile conference in Brussels. Keynote speeches delivered by Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; John Kay, well known author, economist and columnist at Financial Times; and Richard Howitt, MEP and incoming CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council. (September 2016)
'Key Principles for a new corporate governance model' workshop, in which Iain Wright, MP and chair of the BEIS Strategy Committee, gave the keynote speech; and speakers included George Dallas (ICGN), Colin Melvin (ex-Hermes), Charles Cotton (CIPD), Stefan Stern (FT), and Marilyn Croser (CORE). (March 2016)
May 20, 2017: workshop ‘Corporate Governance and Systemic Risk'
June 7, 2017: workshop ‘Corporate Governance and Reporting’
September 19/20: conference ‘Corporate Governance and Reporting’ in Brussels, with Pavan Sukhdev, Richard Howitt, Bob Eccles (tbc)