Welcome to the year of governance

2020 opens with climate at the forefront of all minds. The Climate Briefing scheduled for 6 February is filling fast around the country. Climate risk disclosure is one of the issues that our members have expressed keen interest in as multiple regulators including ASIC, APRA and RBA throw the spotlight on climate risk.  

You’re invited to join our International Women’s Day Breakfast in Sydney on 6 March to hear three exceptional leaders who will share their journeys to leadership and look at how governance with intent can speed the transition to a powerful, equal and enabled world.

Other briefings, webcasts and workshops planned through the year consider topics that are critical for your investors and stakeholders, boards and executive, and regulators. This includes a Remuneration briefing mid-year following our annual Remuneration Survey for which we are partnering with a leading global firm this year. Meanwhile, our Professional Development Content Designer Susan Menzies is busy building timely workshops that will allow deep dives, starting off with a workshop on whistleblowing.

Governance and Risk Management Forum 2020 will focus on the state issues that are key to success for the coming year — accountability, non-financial risk oversight, strategy and the influence of boards.

The thought leadership led by our Policy and Advocacy team of Catherine Maxwell and Michelle Huckel and supported by our superb committees is a great source of content. Catherine is currently finishing a paper giving practical guidance to our listed members and networks on climate risk disclosure for reporting against Recommendation 7.4 of the Corporate Governance Principle and Recommendations. This will be released at the 6 February Climate Briefing around the country. The 2020 Ethics Index will be a highlight. 

I am building the agenda for National Conference 2020. The three key words – Relevance. Resonance. Foresight. I am delighted to announce that Michael Chaney AO, Chairman, Wesfarmers will deliver a keynote followed by a fireside chat with Jennifer Hewett, National Affairs Columnist for the Australian Financial Review. Diane Smith-Gander AO will chair a Board Q&A for which we are gathering a stellar panel of directors (watch this space). This session will be unique in that it will be entirely directed by questions from delegates on the floor.  There are other sessions in planning which will engage the audience actively with a mixture of session styles and technology to enable participation.

Your contribution 

The most valuable asset for our events is the contribution of you, our members and networks, as advisers and attendees who give life and meaning to each event. When I research events, your voice is the most informative. Your voice presents an invaluable opportunity to broaden the scope and nuance of governance and risk management discussions for our members and networks.

Thank you in advance for your support in 2020.

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