Securities Investors Association (Singapore) will be launching Corporate Governance Week (CG Week 2022) through a hybrid of physical and digital programmes. In light of the reopening of the economy, this year’s event will be held through a hybrid model for the first time in two years between October 7 to 14. The live webinars will be helmed by a diverse group of global thought leaders and leading practitioners from Asia-Pacific, the United Kingdom, and Europe.
David Gerald, Founder, President, and CEO of SIAS shared that businesses are experiencing almost unprecedented disruptions everywhere, ranging from the Russia-Ukraine war and ongoing COVID pandemic, and its many implications. Corporations are forced to adjust in a very short span of time amidst these macro uncertainties. It is during these disruptive times that corporate governance really matters, as decisions made by businesses under these conditions are the ones that would really benefit from the guardrail that good corporate governance provides, amongst others, to ensure that all stakeholders’ long-term interests are protected.
“We also believe disruptions can also lead to opportunities. It gives us the window to re-evaluate how we do things and re-examine if there are better ways of doing it, whether it is in making our supply chain more resilient or aligning our businesses more closely with our ESG targets.
“Looking ahead, there will be many more disruptions ahead of us, unfortunately. That is why the topic for the symposium this year is a timely one. It allows us to reflect on our recent experiences and use them to help shape a more resilient future, guided by the principles of good corporate governance,” said Mr. David.
The talks and discussions for CG Week 2022, to be delivered over three conferences and four forums, will kick-start on 10 October 2022 on the topic: ESG and Stakeholder Capitalism – How are the investors driving the ESG agenda & what boards should do? The conference will see in-person and virtual participation from more than 100 companies and 300 individuals. A series of engaging presentations and panel discussions on Supply Chain Governance, Review of the OECD/G20 Corporate Governance Principles, Business Integrity Report 2022, Diversity and Performance, the Role of Internal Auditors in Enhancing Corporate Governance, and the Role of ESG in Improving Shareholder Value – will be expounded on by experts. Registrations are still open and will close on 3 October 2022.
The highly topical and relevant discussion on Supply Chain Governance: Rethinking Supply Chains to Drive Growth will take an in-depth look at the potential pitfalls and ways to build future strategies, capabilities, and evolving supply chain models to overcome supply chain disruptions and attain long-term resilience.
Other interesting trends underscoring the key themes of ESG and sustainability range from the heightened focus on its impact on performance, to the important role of the revisions in the G20/OECD Principles in achieving broader economic objectives with respect to financial stability, investor confidence, and capital formation in times of disruption and crisis. Experts will also debate on an accelerating sense of urgency around the management of climate change, supply chain disruptions, and other ESG risks, which are prompting new perspectives on the ways that stakeholders must operate to achieve greater resilience, amongst compelling topics in Strengthening Corporate Governance – Review of the OECD/G20 Corporate Governance Principles.
Additional in-depth panel discussions on topics such as Business Integrity Report 2022, Diversity and Performance, and the role of Internal Auditors in Enhancing Corporate Governance will also be held from 11 – 14 October 2022 by leading practitioners. These sessions will be led by moderators including Mr. Robson Lee, Assistant Honorary Secretary, SIAS and Senior Corporate Finance Lawyer; Mr. Loh Uantchern, Vice President, SIAS and CEO (Asia Pacific), Black Sun; and Mr. David Toh, Board of Governor, IIA Singapore and Chairman, Corporate Governance Sub Committee, SIAS.
For more information on other programmes that are happening during the Corporate Governance Week 2022 – including the Investors’ Choice Awards 2022, Investor Forum, and Charity Governance Conference and Governance Workshops – refer to Appendix A.
CG Week 2022 is also supported and endorsed by many professional and trade bodies, as well as leading institutions and corporations, including:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA);
- CFA Society Singapore;
- CPA Australia;
- Financial Markets Association of Singapore (FMAS);
- The Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore (IIA);
- The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA);
- Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS);
- The Securities Association of Singapore (SAS);
- The Institute of Internal Auditors Singapore (IIA).
For registration to attend Corporate Governance Week programmes, log on to https://sias.org.sg/cgweek2022/buytickets.php#ticket-corporategovernance.