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FT Moral Money Directors Exchange

Practical Paths to a More Inclusive Capitalism

Palo Alto |

Overview

While many companies have embraced responsible business practices, something new is on the corporate horizon: calls for the redefining of capitalism itself. And among the loudest calls are those coming from some of the world’s most prominent business chiefs. 

The response in corporate boardrooms has been decidedly mixed. Directors can appreciate the desire of executives to look beyond the financial bottom line to include the needs of society and the planet in their corporate strategies, but it remains to be seen whether it’s possible to make meaningful changes within the market’s current constructs. Barring regulatory or legislative overhauls, many boards feel they cannot simply abandon their primary (and fiduciary) responsibility to focus on shareholder returns. 

As the ground continues to shift, one thing at least is clear: this is a conversation all boards need to participate in. What core impacts, both social and environmental, and operational and strategic shifts will make the biggest impact on all their stakeholders? What practical steps can they take to move from making incremental changes to a fundamental rethinking of the way they do business? What are the hard choices that need to be made, and how can boards push executives to pursue long-term goals in the face of short-term market pressures?

These questions and more will be raised at the FT Moral Money Directors Exchange: Practical Paths to a More Inclusive Capitalism. Bringing together an elite cohort of corporate directors, this half-day event will explore the key issues board members face in navigating this evolving environment.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 09/23/2020 09:30:0009/23/2020 14:00:00trueFT Moral Money Directors ExchangeWhile many companies have embraced responsible business practices, something new is on the corporate horizon: calls for the redefining of capitalism itself. And among the loudest calls are those coming from some of the world’s most prominent business chiefs. The response in corporate boardrooms has been decidedly mixed. Directors can appreciate the desire of executives to look beyond the financial bottom line to include the needs of society and the planet in their corporate strategies, but it remains to be seen whether it’s possible to make meaningful changes within the market’s current constructs. Barring regulatory or legislative overhauls, many boards feel they cannot simply abandon their primary (and fiduciary) responsibility to focus on shareholder returns. As the ground continues to shift, one thing at least is clear: this is a conversation all boards need to participate in. What core impacts, both social and environmental, and operational and strategic shifts will make the biggest impact on all their stakeholders? What practical steps can they take to move from making incremental changes to a fundamental rethinking of the way they do business? What are the hard choices that need to be made, and how can boards push executives to pursue long-term goals in the face of short-term market pressures?These questions and more will be raised at the FT Moral Money Directors Exchange: Practical Paths to a More Inclusive Capitalism. Bringing together an elite cohort of corporate directors, this half-day event will explore the key issues board members face in navigating this evolving environment.FT-Moral-Money-Directors-Exchangea9ab5c37b21eb34de7e40e531b7a1936MM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 23rd Sep

  • 9:30am
    Registration and Networking Tables
  • 10:00am
    Welcome
  • 10:05am
    New Models of Corporate Governance
    • What are the implications for corporate governance in an environment where firms are now being looked to as “social institutions,” sharing with governments the responsibility to ensure elements of social welfare and well-being?
    • What are some practical approaches boards can take to help the firm navigate this evolving environment and begin to better align stakeholder interests with shareholder value creation?
  • 10:45am
    Taking a Hard Look at Investor Support

    Directors must look beyond today’s popular narratives and increase engagement with investors to determine where and how companies will be expected to make meaningful changes in both the short and long term.

    Can boards really stop diverting investment cash to share buybacks? And if they do, can companies ignore pushback from their investors? How are activists investors playing role in the debate?

  • 11:15am
    Non-Financial Reporting Disclosures: An Audit Perspective

    All eyes are on the SEC as the debate around climate disclosure heats up and investors call for greater coordination among the more than 230 corporate sustainability standards initiatives across more than 80 sectors. Hear how auditors are working closely with public companies to decide how firms account for and report on climate and other ESG metrics such as pay gap statistics, and board diversity. 

  • 11:55am
    How the Future of Work Impacts Employee Stakeholders

    As technology and other forces drive growth in the gig economy, contract work, and remote work, the relationship between employees and firms is becoming increasingly complex.

    • How can boards ensure decision-making continues to provide value to both workers and the company? One radical suggestion is for boards to add employee representation to boards as in Europe.
    • What are other incremental steps boards can take to ensure employee stakeholder concerns remain at the forefront?  
  • 12:35pm
    Diversity and Inclusion as a Shared Imperative

    How can the board’s approach to diversity and inclusion continue to improve, and what are affinity groups doing to drive more effective change for all underrepresented individuals?      

  • 1:00pm
    Luncheon Roundtables (Topics TBD)

Why attend?

  • Topics and speakers provide timely input on today’s top boardroom challenges  
  • The intimate directors-only setting encourages candid discussion among peers during off the record sessions
  • There are no slide presentations, speeches or lectures 
  • It is a rare chance to network with sitting corporate directors from across Corporate America
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Who attends?

Attendance is limited to sitting directors of publicly traded companies eager to take part in candid exchanges with boardroom peers on the seminal topics of the day. It fulfills board requirements for continuing director education and serves as an important networking forum.

Recent boards in attendance include:

Ally Financial · AXIS Capital Holdings · Barnes Group · Catalent · Citigroup · Citizens Financial Group · CMS Energy Corporation · Crane Co. · CVS Health · Deluxe Corporation · Edge Therapeutics · Exelon Corporation · Express · First Data Corporation · Freddie Mac · General Mills · HSBC Holdings · Hubbell Incorporated · Ingersoll-Rand · Kaman Corporation · Lear Corporation · Marsh & McLennan Companies · Masonite International Corporation · ON Semiconductor · Pearson · Public Service Enterprise Group · PVH Corp. · R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. · RenaissanceRe Holdings · Teva Pharmaceutical · The Hershey Co. · The Progressive Corporation · TrueCar · United States Steel Corporation · WestRock Co· Wintrust Financial Corporation · WPP · Xylem

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Why sponsor?

  • Access to an exclusive invite-only audience of directors of publicly-traded companies
  • Face-to-face networking opportunities throughout conference sessions and at meals and breaks
  • Prestigious speakers - Sitting board chairs, CEOs and independent directors make up the bulk of the speaker roster, supplemented by prominent experts in key governance fields
  • Relevant programming - ODX agendas are packed with the issues that keep directors up at night. The speakers bring real world experiences and insights and speak candidly in our off-the-record setting
  • Highest level of exposure, branding & visibility - Branding on marketing collateral that appear in the Financial Times, Agenda and during the event
  • ROI - The majority of directors attending serve on two or more public boards providing access to 50+ boards

For more information on future opportunities to partner with ODX, please contact:

Laurence James
laurence.james@ft.com

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Supporting Publication (1)

Agenda, a Financial Times service, is the most influential source of intelligence for today's corporate directors. A world-class staff of senior reporters and editors report what's going on in other boardrooms. Agenda delivers that information directly to thousands of U.S. board directors both online and in print every week. 96% of the largest 100 companies have a director or officer with a subscription to Agenda.

Sponsors (2)

The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) is an autonomous public policy organization dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets. Based in Washington, DC, the CAQ fosters high-quality performance by public company auditors; convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues that require action and intervention; and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions. In carrying out these objectives, the CAQ provides numerous resources—such as alerts, reports, and webcasts—for auditors and others in financial reporting. Supported by a membership of US accounting firms registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the CAQ is led by a Governing Board comprised of chief executives from leading public company auditing firms and the American Institute of CPAs, as well as independent representatives from key communities: academics, audit committees, and investors.

The High Meadows Institute is a Boston-based think tank and policy institute. The Institute’s mission is to explore ways to increase the contribution of business leadership in addressing the complex environmental and societal challenges of the 21st century.  We envision a move to a more collaborative governance model where business plays a greater role in working with governments and civil society to build a sustainable global economy and society. 

The Institute was founded in 2013 by a small group of senior business leaders from the private and nonprofit sectors and works in close partnership with thought leaders, academic and business leadership organizations and other partners to drive change.  The Institute conducts research, and currently leads and supports programs in three areas: Building a sustainable financial system, responding to the changing role of business in society and governing a global economy and society. Our team in Boston works with our board of directors and a global team of advisors and experts to deliver on our objectives.

FT Outstanding Directors Class of 2020

Sol Barer

Sol J. Barer, PhD
Managing Partner, SJ Barer Consulting and Co-Founder, Former Chairman and CEO,
Celgene Corporation
Chairman: Teva Pharmaceutical
Industries, Aevi Genomic Medicine (formerly Medgenics)
Lead Director: ContraFect

Robert M. Hernandez

Robert M. Hernandez
Retired Vice Chairman and CFO,
USX Corporation
Retired Lead Director:
Chubb Limited (until 2020), Eastman Chemical (until 2020)

Marge Magner

Marge Magner
Founding Partner, Brysam Global Partners and Former Chairman and CEO,
Citigroup's Global Consumer Group
Retired Chairman: Accenture (until 2020),
TEGNA, formerly Gannett Co (until 2018)
Director: Ally Financial

Lawrence A. Weinbach

Lawrence A. Weinbach
Retired Managing Partner and CEO,
Andersen Worldwide and Retired Chairman and CEO, Unisys
Chairman: Discover Financial Services

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Contacts

Laurence James
Sponsorship Opportunities
Financial Times
Alex Predescu
Delegate Acquisition Representative and Delegate Booking Enquiries
Financial Times
Christina Ho
Speaking Opportunities
Financial Times