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FT Moral Money Directors Exchange

Practical Paths to a More Inclusive Capitalism

Palo Alto |

Overview

The world is grappling with a global pandemic, and companies have been forced to adapt quickly to a new normal: economic shutdowns, supply chain shocks, evaporated demand and many other unanticipated market shifts. This is an unprecedented business environment, and some are predicting the struggle to survive will push aside recent calls to prioritize ESG commitments. Others claim the crisis has brought the importance of stakeholder management into sharper focus and feel the move to redefine capitalism will actually accelerate. 
As the ground continues to shift, one thing at least is clear: this is a conversation boards and investors will continue to have throughout this crisis. Both will be looking closely at the market’s current constructs, legislative and regulatory changes on the horizon, as well as how stakeholders such as employees and suppliers are faring. Will more companies begin to fundamentally rethink the way they do business? Will stakeholders demand more from companies? Will lawmakers force companies to cover COVID-19 losses they are not contractually responsible for? Will industries take climate change, diversity and other ESG concerns into account as they restructure? 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 shorter-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 12/09/2020 09:30:0012/09/2020 14:00:00trueFT Moral Money Directors ExchangeThe world is grappling with a global pandemic, and companies have been forced to adapt quickly to a new normal: economic shutdowns, supply chain shocks, evaporated demand and many other unanticipated market shifts. This is an unprecedented business environment, and some are predicting the struggle to survive will push aside recent calls to prioritize ESG commitments. Others claim the crisis has brought the importance of stakeholder management into sharper focus and feel the move to redefine capitalism will actually accelerate. As the ground continues to shift, one thing at least is clear: this is a conversation boards and investors will continue to have throughout this crisis. Both will be looking closely at the market’s current constructs, legislative and regulatory changes on the horizon, as well as how stakeholders such as employees and suppliers are faring. Will more companies begin to fundamentally rethink the way they do business? Will stakeholders demand more from companies? Will lawmakers force companies to cover COVID-19 losses they are not contractually responsible for? Will industries take climate change, diversity and other ESG concerns into account as they restructure? 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 shorter-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 - 9th Dec

  • 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 activist investors playing a role in the debate? How is the COVID-19 crisis changing investor expectations?

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

    All eyes are on the SEC as the debate around management discussion and analysis heats up. For investors, the pandemic has underscored the need for disclosures to touch upon areas such as supply chain, market demand, and staffing needs. Investors are also clamoring for climate disclosure requirements and calling for greater coordination among the more than 230 corporate sustainability standards initiatives that currently exist. Hear how auditors are working closely with public companies to decide how firms account for and report on non-financial disclosures.

  • 11:55am
    Reimagining Human Capital and Creating Shared Value

    As governments around the world announced shelter-in-place orders, companies relied heavily on business continuity teams to pivot quickly to working from home, serving customers digitally, incentivizing and protecting essential workers and making sweeping changes to operations. Now, management teams are considering permanent policy changes as companies determine parameters for safely opening back up. The crisis has in many cases accelerated companies’ shifts to new ways of working and operating, and boards have an opportunity to guide this transformation. What is the board’s role in addressing human capital concerns and incentivizing the company to better meet the needs of its employee stakeholders?

  • 12:35pm
    Keynote: The Path Forward
  • 1:00pm
    Luncheon Roundtables (Topics To Be Determined)

    Reevaluating Executive Compensation In Unprecedented Times
    Many firms across industries have had to make quick adjustments to executive compensation as the full extent of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis became clearer. Compensation committees are considering a variety of measures to adjust CEO pay accordingly, and investors are watching closely. Experienced comp chairs discuss strategies for adapting pay plans, goals and incentives in light of today’s rapidly changing environment.    

    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?  

  • 2:00pm
    Closing Remarks

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