Programme List - BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing 2018


08.30 – 09.00
Registration and breakfast
09.00 – 09.10
Opening Address
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen
  •        Why are the TCFDs so important to all businesses?
09.10 – 09.40
Keynote: Climate Change: Preparing for the disruption 
Leon Kamhi, Head of Responsibility, Hermes Investment Management

Climate change will undoubtedly cause a level of structural disruption across global and local economies. Managed well, the transition could both prevent the human and economic costs of climate disruption and also improve growth, generate additional high-quality jobs and reduce inequality. There will be winners and losers; delivering a just transition will require understanding the climate and human impacts of change across sectors, jurisdictions and across time. But nurturing that understanding will require a greater degree of transparency on the governance, risk management process and mitigation and opportunities strategies necessary to enable markets to account for climate impacts into shorter term decision making.

During this session, Saker Nusseibeh will explain how the TFCD climate risk disclosure recommendations and initiatives such as the Climate Action 100+ group are a part of a clear push for more standardised disclosures, increased transparency, and a constructive dialogue and collaboration between corporate, investment managers and asset owners that encourages companies to prepare their business models for the energy and low carbon transition.

09.40 – 10.25
Panel discussion: Can TCFD bring organisational benefits?
Lisa Walker, CEO, Ecosphere+
Mark Lewis, Head of Research and Managing Director, Carbon Tracker
Rhian-Mari Thomas, Managing Director, Chair Barclays Green Banking Council
Daniel Wiseman, Lead-Lawyer, ClientEarth
Moderator: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen
  • Why have the TCFD recommendations been introduced?
  • Why are businesses being encouraged to embrace them? Should they be?
  • In what ways can the recommendations enhance business performance?
  • In what ways can the recommendations enhance environmental performance?  
10.25 – 10.55
Morning break, networking, and visit to the exhibition area
10.55 – 11.10
TCFD Case Study - A leading corporate offers insight into is TCFD plans
Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability & Public Affairs, Landsec
11.10 – 11.25
TCFD Case Study – Towards a more cohesive reporting landscape
Johnathan Labrey, Chief Strategy Officer, The IIRC
11.25 – 12.15
Workshop: Starting the journey, reporting, and good practice.
Host: Gemma Clements, Senior Project Officer, Technical Director, CDSB
Jane Stevensen, Task Force Engagement Director, CDP
  • How to begin your TCFD disclosure journey.
  • How to build support within the organisation for TCFD reporting.
  • What pitfalls should you look out for in TCFD compliance?
  • How to embrace reporting best practices?
  • How to permeate TCFD good practice to the rest of the organisation?


12.15 – 12.45
Closing keynote: The future of TCFD
Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee
  • Will TCFDs remain a recommendation, or will they eventually become mandatory?
  • What is the likelihood of more pressure from investors and campaigners?  
  • Will companies be required to turn their climate risk disclosures into a credible climate action plan?
Closing Remarks
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen
12.50 – 13.50
Lunch and networking