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ICAEW Climate Summit

October 18, 2021 - October 22, 2021

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A five-day virtual summit of events, videos, podcasts and articles to help chartered accountants act on climate. This is the first such summit bringing ICAEW members from across the profession together on the issue of climate change.

This digital event looking at climate change now and into the future is free for ICAEW members, students and the ICAEW Sustainability and Climate Change Community. Non-members are able to attend by joining the Sustainability and Climate Change Community, for more information please click here.

The programme covers areas from governance and disclosure to personal leadership. Alongside a live sessions each day, we have a whole host of supporting content to ensure you gain practical insights to build a more resilient future.


18 October 2021 – Climate disclosure

09:00 The Trouble with Scenarios

The TCFD believes that scenario analysis is an important tool for organisations to utilise when assessing the potential business implications of climate-related risks and opportunities. In this session, chaired by Lois Guthrie from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, we will discuss with our panellists how we can assist organisations with gaining the confidence to sign off on this analysis and how to use an interpretive lens to bridge the gap between organisation and investor perspectives. How can businesses use disclosure to tell their story?

10:30 Navigating TCFD: are you prepared?

Join this session with KPMG for an in-depth discussion and roadmap on integrating climate disclosures into reporting using the TCFD recommendations. Learn about the climate disclosures that are decision-useful for external stakeholders and how these flow into back-half reporting. What parts of the TCFD recommendations are hard to implement and why? Why is the Finance function core to the implementation of a climate strategy?

12:00 Accountability and the Paris Agreement

Meeting the net zero emissions goals by 2050 will require businesses to actively reduce their carbon emissions now. To demonstrate action, investors are demanding Paris-aligned financial statements. Join the panel as we discuss potential options and what could be included. How can the financial statements promote accountability and behavioural change? What types of emissions should be included, and what about wider environmental impacts?

19 October 2021 – Climate governance

08:30 Boardroom blind spots: are you addressing climate risk?

Has your board started to prepare for the risks of climate change? Do you have the information you need to make the right decisions? Companies need to embed climate plans into core business strategy. Join us for an interactive Q&A to get practical advice for the boardroom on your climate related questions. This session will be chaired by Iain Wright, Managing Director, Reputation and Influence at ICAEW, the panel will include Julie Baddeley, Chair of the Chapter Zero Board and Alan Stewart, NED and Audit Committee Chair at Diageo plc.

20 October 2021 – Climate finance

08:30Integrating sustainable finance

Join this session to be inspired about what is happening in the sustainable finance space, including how Aviva is integrating sustainable finance into their business and encouraging others to do the same.

21 October 2021 – Climate for SMEs

9:00 How to get started on your journey to net-zero

Many SMEs know why the journey to net-zero is important, but it is the how that can bring difficulties. In this session we will discuss the support available through BEIS and delve into the specifics of how to get things done from our speakers who have implemented these steps in practice.

22 October 2021 – Climate leadership

08:30 Greening your finances

Often when we think of the term green finance, it is associated with what a business is doing. This surgery style session will show you how you can take leadership by greening your personal finances, considering where your pension fund is held and what investments you are making. Leading the session will be Bruce Davis, Founder & Managing Director of Abundance Investment and David Hayman, Campaign Director from Make My Money Matter.

10:00 Climate skills and education

If you are newly qualified or been in a chartered accountant for many years, ESG work is moving up the agenda in all businesses. This session will showcase what training and skills programmes ICAEW, CDSB and academics have to offer in this field. Joining the session are Professor Jan Bebbington, Director of the Pentland Centre, Lancaster University and Gemma Clements, Project Manager at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board.

11:30 Careers in climate

Are you looking to embark on an ESG or climate career? Whether you’re a student looking to start your career, or a well-seasoned professional interested in making a change, join this live session to hear about each of our speakers’ professional journeys and the skills needed to tackle climate change. Panellists include Mark Jerome, Head of Internal Audit at Green Climate Fund and Riona Bowhay, Assistant Manager on KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team.


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