Women's Day: The Silent 'B' in ESG

Description: Whilst today gender is viewed as a social construct, there was a reason that planet Earth was assigned a feminine gender. All life is born, nurtured and nourished from her soil, seas and air, in a delicate balance of creation and destruction, harmony and conflict. For millennia, the giving and nurturing of life has been seen as a particularly feminine quality. 

So, it would make sense that women are generally sympathetic to doing the right thing for our planet and Environment, for Society and for better Governance. Yet, as in all spheres of business life, women still have to overcome Bias in order for their voices to carry equal weight.

Join us at 6:00pm GMT / 8:00pm SAST, on Thursday, 10th March as SACC UK Chairman, Sharon Constançon speaks with an exceptional selection of panellists, exploring some of the ways women can be positive influences in the ESG sphere, and consider the value that women bring to a balanced workplace, executive team or Board.

In examining how bias manifests towards women and girls, we will also be asking what can women do in the workplace, at home and in society to drive recognition and acceptance of their equality, while empowering others to take better care of our planet and of each other.

Our Panel:

Inge Relph
is known for her strategic insight and bold policy innovation around global systems change to achieve the Environmental and Social Development Goals.

She was Senior Policy Advisor to ‘The Elders’, a group that included President Carter, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan and Gro Brundtland, during the landmark SDG and COP21 negotiations and has advised the Vatican, The Commonwealth Secretariat and several governments.

With a corporate background in strategy, restructuring and marketing with Blue Chip companies like British Airways and British Gas, she went on to lead the sustainability practice of a Swiss Fintech platform that was the first to list fungible tokenised natural capital assets.

Inge is a Board member of the Responsible Finance and Investment Foundation, is on the Advisory Boards of Climate Action and Procivis Switzerland and sat on the G20 Sustainable Finance Innovation Inquiry.

Whist on the Council of the London Chamber of Commerce she co-founded their Women’s Network, co – founded the Arab International Women’s Forum, chaired Womankind Worldwide, a global development agency, all in support of diversity and feminine leadership that works for the common good.

Her current role as co-Founder and Executive Director of GlobalChoices, a female led USA foundation, is to raise awareness of global system risks from climate change, especially the Polar Ice and to model inclusive and intergenerational governance. She is a regular speaker on sustainable innovation and the opportunity agenda of ESG.

Angela Knight CBE is a Senior Independent Director & Chair of the Remuneration Committee at TPICAP plc. Angela has served on the boards of companies in financial services, transport, water and systems industries, including FTSE 100 and 250 PLCs. She is the incoming Chair of Pool Re, the U.K. terrorist reinsurer.

As well as chairing Pool Re, she chairs a Risk Committee and a Nomination and Governance Committee and is the deputy chair of an emerging market regulator. In the past, Angela chaired the Office of Tax Simplification (a UK Government quango) and Tilman Brewin Dolphin in Dublin.

Angela has knowledge of regulated industries (financial, utilities, transport); the public sector, parliament and the political process and its imperatives; and also of Science (her degree is in Chemistry) and engineering (the first fifteen years of her working life was in heavy engineering processes).

Outside work, she has just finished restoring a grade 2 listed Hunting Lodge, she drives her Morgan car to unusual and interesting destinations and I still skis. Her biggest priority remains as always her two sons- even though they are now in their 30’s!

Debbie Tembo is the Partnerships Director at Creative Equals, a global inclusion consultancy, the former Managing Director of the BBB Awards and a Non-Executive Director at Obelisk Legal Support Solutions.

Debbie has always had a very strong interest in diversity and inclusion (D&I) having extensively advised FTSE100 and professional services firms about the strategic importance of D&I and its position as a critical enabler of long-term sustainability, from a people and profit perspective.

She started her career at British American Tobacco in South Africa before being seconded to their global headquarters in London where she held numerous roles across the Africa and Middle East regions.

Debbie lives in London with her husband, two daughters and goldendoodle dog.

Divya Nawale was 22 years old when she was chosen as a youth environmental champion from India to go on an expedition to Antarctica. She has since spent the last 10 years engaged in over 50 projects on issues related to climate change, sustainability and renewable energy across Asia, Europe, and North America.

For her work, she has shared the stage with UN Goodwill ambassador Robert Swan OBE and Nobel Laureate VP Al Gore, talking about her journey as a young climate leader.

An Engineer with a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh, she previously served as Sustainability Fellow at the City of Pittsburgh and has been working with the Asian Development Bank since 2018 on clean energy and energy efficiency across Southeast Asia. She is part of the core team developing the Energy Transition Mechanism, which is envisioned to become one of the largest carbon reduction programs in the world. She also advises several non-profits in India on climate awareness for kids and youth, focusing on personal lifestyle changes using carbon footprint management.

Divya has traveled to all 7 continents and continues to pursue her research on climate change-related policy analysis for the Polar Regions, through her role as an Arctic Angel for Global choices and as a ClimateForce ambassador for 2041 Foundation.

Watch the replay below:

Date:  6:00pm to 7:00pm, Thu 10th Mar 2022

Venue:  Zoom

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