“Moral and Strategic: Re-establishing Corporate Legitimacy" - 7 August 2018
7 August 2018 - 7 August 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Ethics Centre
Level 1, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Light food and refreshments provided.
Ticket cost includes booking fees & gst
A focus on a ‘social license to operate’ and corporate culture, particularly in banking and finance is on the rise as a decline in trust and reputation threatens the corporate legitimacy of the sector. As the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Finance Sector continues, calls to address corporate culture, and rebuild reputation and public trust centred on customers’ interests are steadily growing.
For instance, the recently released AICD/KPMG Trust Survey:
“It is incumbent on leaders across all sectors to engage with stakeholders, listen to their concerns and have an honest conversation about the challenges and opportunities we face as a society” (Elizabeth Proust, Chairman, AICD)
How is this understood by senior business members / decision-makers, ultimately responsible for the governance of their corporations?
How can seemingly competing interests underpinning corporate culture be realistically managed and how can these be communicated to the community to re-establish trust?
The event will begin with an overview of important themes to emerge from three years of Australian research conducted by UTS Business School academic and Founding Australian Representative to the UN Global Compact, Rosemary Sainty. This significant research was based on a series of ‘director’s conversations’ and interviews, exploring the assumptions, beliefs and practices of corporate boards and business leaders including from the banking and finance sector, as they navigate emerging social and environmental issues and broadening stakeholder responsibilities.
This conversation will be led by a panel of senior thought leaders in business, including Simon McKeon (Chair BFO Policy Council).
The event will be held in an intimate setting under Chatham House Rule to promote a robust deliberation amongst attendees. The outcomes from the discussion will serve to inform a UTS / The BFO joint discussion paper in an unattributed format and be made available to attendees.
From 2008 Rosemary Sainty
and her team, established the National Responsible Business Practice Project funded by the Australian Federal Government (through Treasury), based at St James Ethics Centre, building a world first ‘HUB’ of international initiatives and local resources. These included the Australian focal points for the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate citizenship initiative, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the most widely used sustainability reporting framework. The Project received endorsement from the Federal Treasurer, Business Council of Australia and HRH the Prince of Wales. As the elected Secretariat, Rosemary then grew the UN Global Compact Australian Network to become the strongest corporate citizenship movement in Australia, incorporating leading Australian businesses across banking and finance, extractives, retail and professional services. Rosemary has recently completed a PhD at UTS Business School. Her doctoral research examined corporate sustainability and responsibility leadership at board level. She is co-currently teaching on the UTS Business School MBA program. Rosemary has published research articles and resources and spoken widely on corporate responsibility and business ethics, both locally and internationally.
practised law in Sydney with Blake Dawson Waldron before taking up a post with the Macquarie Bank, where he became the Executive Chairman (Melbourne Office). He was Founding President of the statutory dispute resolution body for Australian public company takeovers, the Australian Takeovers Panel. He was also the Chairman of MYOB LTD 2006–2009. Simon was chairman of CSIRO from 2010 until 2015, Simon was appointed to the AMP Limited Board in 2014. Simon was Australian of the year in 2011 and is Chancellor of Monash University. Simon is also Chair of The Banking and Finance Oath Review Panel.
is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit & Risk committee at AMP Capital. Until recently,
was Group Executive, Fund Manager of the Investa Office Fund from 2014 to 2016 and was responsible for actively driving the long-term strategy and performance of the Fund.
With close to 20 years’ experience in the finance industry, Ming joined Investa in 2005 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in 2009. Prior to this, Ming was at APN News & Media Limited as Group Financial Controller. She was then Joint Managing Director and Finance Director of Investa Property Group.
Ming was previously a Director on the Responsible Entity Boards of Investa Office Fund and Investa Commercial Property Fund, and the Board of Investa Property Group Holdings Pty Limited for many years. She has also been a Director of other Investa funds management boards. She is a member of the Property Council of Australia’s International Capital Markets Division Council. She is also a member of the Finance & Audit Committee of the University of Sydney, one of Australia’s leading universities.
was the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) between 2007 and 2016 and has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
In the three years prior to joining ASFA, Pauline consulted to the financial services industry and was on a number of Boards. Pauline was also a senior executive with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for seven years and in that role, managed the implementation of the Managed Investment Act and the Financial Services Reform Act.
She has also been a corporate counsel, head of compliance, and strategic risk consultant, as well as a director on various financial services boards.
Pauline is a qualified lawyer and has the unique experience of being on all sides of the financial services fence, with deep experience in superannuation, funds management, financial advice and insurance.
Pauline has also recently consulted to the UK Pensions Regulator and implemented a governance project for Professional Trustees.
Pauline is a Director of, The Banking and Finance Oath (BFO) group, Interaction Disability services and most recently Decimal Software Limited.
has had an extensive career in corporate governance and is currently a member of both the AICD Corporate Governance Committee and the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).
As Chairman of the Australian Investment Managers’ Association AIMA), Charles played a significant role in the launch of the so-called Blue Book, the first set of governance guidelines for investors, launched in 1996. In the previous year AIMA were one of the sponsors for the establishment of the ICGN, whose members now manage around $1 trillion. Charles was also non-executive Chair of the Sustainable Investment Research Institute (Siris) from 2002-15.
In his non-executive career, Charles have been involved with both large (Telstra, Wesfarmers, Vicinity) and small companies, including start ups. He has retained an on-going involvement in the investment space through membership of the Investment Committee of Unisuper since 2003.