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Briefing: Climate change — risk and reporting for boards and management


Thursday, 6 February 2020
8:30am to 10:00am

Level 21
420 George Street
NSW 2000

CPD Hours


Cost (Inc GST)

$65.00 Member
$75.00 Subscriber
$95.00 Non-member

Boards and management briefing: Your risk and reporting responsibilities

Gain a critical update on climate-related risks threatening your organisation. Learn to frame the impact on physical assets and value chains and understand the regulatory, sustainability and reputational drivers for effective strategy and reporting. We’ll also equip you with a practical guide to reporting on non-financial risk.

Why you can’t afford to ignore climate change risk

  • Increased focus on climate from regulators including ASIC, APRA and the Reserve Bank of Australia
  • You cannot hide behind "learned helplessness" — Hayne’s criticism of directors on climate risk failure
  • Access Governance Institute’s new Practical guide to reporting against Principle 7 of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations

Key insights

  • Learn to integrate climate change into strategic planning and risk oversight
  • Find out how to effectively report on climate risk
  • Understand director and officer duties and liabilities and other regulatory requirements
  • Understand the risk to your value chain and bottom line
  • Get insights on effective strategies to manage investor and stakeholder expectations on climate risk


Jacinta Studdert, Partner, Clyde & Co
Jacinta’s practice covers development and project approvals and environmental assessment for residential, commercial and industrial development and a wide range of infrastructure projects, including advising on issues such as cultural and built heritage, native vegetation, threatened species, bushfire, water, waste and contaminated land. She advises clients on a wide range of issues concerning the use and development of land under relevant state and Commonwealth environment and planning legislation.

Jacinta's practice also covers compliance, responses to environmental incidents and clean up notices and EPA/regulator investigations. Jacinta regularly advises on the management of obligations and risks associated with contaminated land, waste, environmental due diligence and audits and licence requirements and compliance.

Jacinta is an active member of many industry bodies, including the Planning Institute of Australia, where she was a member of the executive for many years, Environmental Planning Law Association and ASBG and is recognised in Best Lawyers, Acritas and Doyles.

Kevin Lewis, Chief Compliance Officer, ASX
Kevin Lewis has been Chief Compliance Officer of ASX since July 2010. He is responsible for overseeing the compliance and enforcement services to the various ASX Group entities that operate markets or clearing and settlement facilities.

Kevin is a leading authority in financial services regulation and compliance. He has practised law for over 30 years, specialising in financial services, mergers and acquisitions and corporate matters, and has held a number of senior management positions with law firms and as in-house counsel.

He has been a partner of the law firms Freehills, Atanaskovic Hartnell and Chang, Pistilli & Simmons and the General Counsel of Bankers Trust Australia Limited. He also teaches Compliance: Theory and Practice in the Financial Services Industry in the University of Sydney Law School post-graduate program. 

Catherine Maxwell FGIA,
General Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia
Catherine’s team is responsible for policy, advocacy and advising on media and government relations. Her background includes roles as a senior manager at APRA and as secretariat for the revision of the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations, 2e. She also held policy and governance roles at the AICD and the Financial Services Council.

Catherine holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and worked as a lawyer in Sydney and Hong Kong for ten years. Catherine was previously company secretary at The Cancer Council NSW.

Peter Rice
Peter joined Origin in 1998 and was appointed General Manager, Capital Markets in 2011, responsible for the Treasury, Investor Relations, Sustainability and Insurance departments. He previously held the role of Origin’s Treasurer. Prior to joining Origin, Peter worked in investment banking at NatWest Markets and Lehman Brothers in Australia and Tokyo in the areas of debt capital markets and treasury.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Massey University, New Zealand) and a Masters of Business Administration (American Graduate School of International Management). 

Chair: Megan Motto FGIA, Chief Executive, Governance Institute of Australia 
Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive at Governance Institute, Megan was the CEO of Consult Australia, the association for professional services firms within the built and natural environment. Megan is also currently a Director of Standards Australia and a National Director for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Megan has a BA/BEd, an MA in Communications Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Who should attend?

  • Company secretaries
  • General Counsel
  • CEO and C-suite
  • Non-executive directors
  • Chief Sustainability Officer, Heads of ESG
  • Officers and managers with governance responsibilities — whether you’re new or experienced

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