COP27 is now underway. Described as the world’s watershed moment for climate action.  Will it be? Hear from Marsh McLennan’s Swenja Surminski and WTW’s Joe Noss as they return from Egypt to join our speaker line-up next week.


Announced this week - Joe Noss, WTW and Abhijit Akerkar, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions join our speaker line-up.

The risks and opportunities linked to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) requirements continues to grow for all industry sectors. New rules spell out minimum company responsibilities to both immediate stakeholders and their broader value chain. At a time when corporate reputations rest upon their ability to walk the talk where ESG and climate transition pathways are concerned, this important forum brings together some leading thinkers in risk management and compliance, from the business and management community.  

IRM members can claim 7 hours of formal learning CPD points for this event.

What’s on the Agenda?

The world today…are we heading in the right direction?

As we lurch from one crisis to the next, including the current energy crisis, how does this affect the transition to Zero Carbon? 

What will it take to maintain positive momentum as we adapt our business models, even as governments are straying from their green agendas?

Where are we at today? Are there glimmers of hope, or are we seeing too much near term distraction?

  • Joe Rippon, Financing Programme Manager Sizewell C, EDF Energy
  • Christina Martinez Garcia, Group Chief Risk Officer, SACYR
  • Nick Faull, Head of Climate and Sustainability Risk, Marsh
  • Cvete Koneska, Head of Advisory, Dragonfly 

Keynote: An update from COP27

Fresh from her attendance at the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Swenja Surmenski offers an update on the commitments made and the increasingly important role of the private sector. 

How can the insurance industry better facilitate companies’ transition journeys to ensure warming does not exceed 1.5 degrees?

How does this latest meeting compare to last year’s COP26 in Glasgow?

  • Swenja Surminski, Managing Director, Climate Sustainability, Marsh McLennan Advantage

The journey to sustainability

How do organisations become more sustainable and what does sustainability mean in the context of ESG?

Gareth Byatt talks to Sarah Gordon about some of the work she is doing with clients in heavy industry to embrace sustainability

She explains how companies determine what is material for their business model and sector as a critical starting point on the journey

  • Interviewer: Gareth Byatt, Gareth Byatt, Independent Risk & Resilience Consultant
  • Sarah Gordon, CEO, Satarla
  • John Scott, Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group

It’s not easy being green

The legal and reputational consequences of ‘greenwashing’ are increasing. Nigel Brook and Clive Thompson steer us through some of the latest climate-related liability trends

What are the implications for directors and officers and how should this inform their approach to sustainability?

  • Nigel Brook, Partner, Clyde&Co
  • Clive Thompson, Technical Director at Institute of Risk Management and Project Director at Willis Towers Watson

How data can improve catastrophe response and resilience

The physical consequences of climate change can be seen in more extreme weather events around the world, including floods, wildfires and droughts

Mike Lutomski looks at how the rapidly evolving sphere of earth observation data can improve our speed and ability to respond to catastrophes, improving societal resilience

He uses recent examples to demonstrate how we can better prepare and recover from future disasters 

  • Mike Lutomski, Rocket scientist and risk management expert

Quantifying climate change risk

Organisations are facing a growing raft of climate-related reporting requirements. For some sectors and jurisdictions these regulations are becoming mandatory

- demystifying the ‘alphabet soup’ of disclosure rules 

- the importance of non-financial metrics for understanding exposures and benchmarking improvement  

  • Joe Noss, Senior Director, WTW Climate and Resilience Hub
  • Annemarie Büttner, Lead Climate Risk Solutions, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Where Risk meets Sustainability

The risk practitioner has an essential role when it comes to supporting the organisation’s sustainability goals and management’s strategy

Mark Boult and Adrian Clements explain how you set your direction (identify threats and opportunities), adapting risk appetite, culture and governance structures along the way

They discuss how companies can ensure sustainability issues remain on the long-term agenda and that it is continually reviewed?

  • Adrian Clements, President, AT-IPIC
  • Mark Boult, director of Boult Consulting

Practical strategies in managing climate-related risks 

As companies look to decarbonise, Martin Massey offers some practical strategies based on his experience working in sectors including agriculture and financial services

He explains how organisations can embed their approach to physical and transition risks into an enterprise-wide approach to risk management

Why is it important to collaborate across the organisation and can risk management strategies be aligned to financial and non-financial disclosures?

  • Martin Massey, IRM Chair, Climate Change SIG

Now more than ever, business operations are at risk from extreme weather events and the impact of climate change. So, how can you better manage these dangers now and in the future? This workshop from Swiss Re Corporate Solutions looks at how corporations can find new and unique ways to translate sustainability and climate risk data into actionable insights and apply these insights to make informed decisions as well as easily manage new reporting requirements.

  • Abhijit Akerkar, Head Risk Services Corporates, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions


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