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Be part of the consultation to develop standard ESG reporting for the social housing sector

Following the launch of our recent White Paper UK Social Housing – Building a sector standard approach to ESG reporting, the working group of housing associations, investors and professional services firms invites you to participate in a series of free webinars. These are being run as part of our public consultation on the proposed ESG reporting criteria.

 

The series has been designed to give you the opportunity to discuss and develop these ESG reporting standards. The detailed criteria can be found here. The opening webinar will explain the drivers behind creating a standardised set of ESG criteria and how it could benefit both housing associations and investors. The following three webinars will provide the opportunity to provide feedback on the specific themes and criteria.

The programme, outlined below, will be hosted by law firm Trowers & Hamlins, with Social Housing magazine as our media partner.

Webinar 1

What ESG reporting means for UK social housing (28th May 2020, 11am-12pm)
This first webinar will be chaired by our media partner Social Housing magazine and will explain the drivers behind developing a standardised set of ESG criteria, and explore how it could benefit both housing associations and investors.

  • Chair: Luke Cross, Social Housing, Editor, Social Housing
  • Speakers: Phil Jenkins (Manager Director, Centrus), Gareth Francis (Director of Treasury and Corporate Finance, Clarion Housing Group), Anthony Marriott (Head of Treasury/Finance, Peabody), Mark Davie (Director – Fixed income, M&G), Marcos Navarro (Director, Housing Finance, Commercial & Private Banking, NatWest)
    Sarah Forster (CEO, The Good Economy)
  • Watch here

Webinar 2

Social Criteria: technical review (4th June 2020, 2-3pm) 
The second webinar will  be chaired by The Good Economy to provide space for a discussion and review of the Social Themes and Criteria proposed in the white paper.

  • Chair: Sarah Forster, CEO, The Good Economy
  • Speakers: Andy Smith (Head of Housing Impact, The Good Economy), Anthony Marriott (Head of Treasury, Peabody), Matt Buckam (Communities Director, Sovereign), Drew Ritchie (Investment Manager, Big Society Capital)
  • Watch here

Webinar 3

Environmental Criteria: technical review (11th June 2020, 2-3pm)
The third webinar will be chaired by The Good Economy, providing a space for a discussion and review of the Environmental Themes and Criteria.

  • Chair: Sarah Forster, CEO, The Good Economy
  • Speakers: Andy Smith (Head of Housing Impact, The Good Economy), Will Ray (Head of Sustainability, Clarion), Diana Lock (Head of Energy & Environment, Optivo), Mark Davie (Head of Social Housing, M&G)
  • Watch here

Webinar 4

Governance Criteria: technical review (18th June 2020, 2-3pm)
The fourth webinar will be chaired by The Good Economy, providing space for a discussion and review of the Governance Themes and Criteria.

  • Chair: Sarah Forster, CEO, The Good Economy
  • Speakers: Tariq Kazi (Head of Treasury, Optivo), Rob Elliot (Director Corporate Finance and Treasury, Guiness Partnership), Andy Smith (Head of Housing Impact, The Good Economy), David Averre (Head of Credit Analysis, Insight Investment), Piers Williamson (Chief Executive, THFC) Ian Davis (Partner, Trowers & Hamlins)
  • Watch here

You may register for as many of these webinars you can make, but numbers are limited so please let us know if you are unable to attend. Written submissions to the consultation can be made at the ESG Social Housing Work Group’s dedicated website here. The consultation is open until 19 June 2020.

We look forward to talking to you at the webinars.

Click here for more information on how and why this initiative started.