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


Thursday, 6 February 2020
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Minter Ellison Lawyers
Rialto Towers
Level 23, 525 Collins Street

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

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


Ben Scheltus

Chair: Ben Scheltus, General Manager, Continuity Matters
Ben was until recently an Associate Director at KPMG Australia, where he was responsible for all aspects its business continuity Program, its maintenance and exercising regime.

Ben has considerable experience in developing business continuity programs for a broad variety of organisations. He has worked in a number of European countries and his background is in the chemical, IT and services industries. His background is engineering, information technology, consulting and business management.

For almost ten years, Ben has successfully run a not for profit called Climate Alliance. Its role is to help company directors more easily inform themselves about the risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker, Head of Climate Risk Governance, Minter Ellison
Sarah has two decades' experience as a corporate lawyer, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on investment governance and corporate disclosure issues relating to climate change.  Her expertise is sought by public and private sector clients across Australasia, and by global institutions from the Bank of England to the United Nations PRI.

Sarah is a non-executive director of the $30-billion FUM Emergency Services & State Super and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, and on the Steering Committee of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative. She teaches the Australian Institute of Company Directors' flagship Company Directors' Course and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership's 'Earth on Board' programme, and in an academic visitor at the Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment at the University of Oxford.


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