In this Lunch & Learn session, Byron Loflin, global head of board engagement at Nasdaq, Inga Relph, co-founder of Global Choices, and Zanagee Artis, a participant at COP26 and founder of youth-led climate justice organisation Zero Hour discuss how COP26 may affect boards and influence ESG policies. The session was hosted by Sharon Constaḉon, CEO of Genius Board.
The risks associated with climate change are squarely in the lap of business.
In the words of Dr. Patrick Soon-Siong, a medical doctor now focusing on vaccination, “we do not know what we do not know” and “we are probably past the tipping point” when it comes to the harm that we have done to the earth.
ESG means something different to everybody, and business has adopted many aspects of the ESG agenda. It is the “modern agenda” component of ESG that businesses should consider. Among the environmental issues businesses can own are how to source, supply, communicate, travel, transport, while considering the human aspects of our communities, as well as governance changes, new and existing.
Inge Relph was a senior policy advisor to ‘The Elders’, a group that included President Carter, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan and Gro Brundtland, during the landmark COP21 negotiations and has advised the Vatican, the Commonwealth Secretariat and several governments.
Byron Loflin is the global head of board engagement at Nasdaq, where he leads board assessments and boardroom training for Nasdaq Governance Solutions.
Zanagee Artis, a student of Brown University, is also a founder and policy director of the global youth-led climate justice organisation Zero Hour.