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Many companies continue to struggle with the challenge of embedding environmental and social factors into their organisation's processes and culture. Finance leadership and innovation are essential to making this change, and creating businesses of tomorrow and in that regard finance teams have a unique opportunity to create both sustainable and commercially viable business models.

The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) was established in 2004 by HRH The Prince of Wales with the aim of incorporating sustainable decision-making in businesses. There are now A4S networks and circles of practice, focused on supporting the finance community, in Europe, US, Canada, Singapore and several other markets. A4S aims to:

-   Inspire finance leaders to adopt sustainable and resilient business models
-   Transform financial decision making to enable an integrated approach, reflective of the opportunities and risks posed by environment and social issues
-   Scale up action across the global finance and accounting community

The panel of speakers will explore how other markets are making the change, and provide practical examples and case studies on how to drive the necessary cultural change to embed sustainability as one of the core pillars of finance.

Speaker(s) Speakers:

Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman, A4S

Jessica is the Executive Chairman for The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S).

She sits on the board of the Natural Capital Coalition and was also responsible in establishing and running the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC).

Previously, Jessica has held a number of roles at PwC, most recently leading global activities around integrated reporting. She has worked with a wide range of companies, governments, investors and not-for-profit organizations to help them integrate sustainability into core business processes and activities. She has extensive experience developing capability frameworks and designing training courses on a range of topics.

Jessica is a chartered accountant, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Steve Roder, Founding Co-Chair, Canadian A4S network

Steve is a Corporate Advisor to Temasek and an Independent Non-Executive Director. He is based in Hong Kong.

Until 2018 , Steve was the Group Chief Financial Officer of Manulife, based in Toronto. Whilst in Canada, Steve helped to found the Canadian CFO Network for A4S, of which he was Co-Chair.

Prior to 2012 , Steve was Group CFO of AIA, KPMG China Partner and Chairman of Financial Services – Asia Pacific and was co-founder of Peak Reinsurance.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 1996, Steve was a Partner in KPMG Japan. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG London.


Gayle Donohue, Partner, PwC

(More speaker details will be updated soon)
Language English
Date and Time 2019/10/22 18:00 to 20:00
Venue PwC Conference Centre, 21/F Edinburgh Tower, Landmark, Central
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