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29 June 20234 minute read

Beyond the buzzword: ESG and what it means for your business

Countdown to COP 28

ESG is an increasingly central part of business and investment decisions globally. Businesses are reviewing their frameworks to prioritise ESG initiatives and future proof them against pending legislation in Europe and beyond that will impact every aspect of the supply chain across all sectors and industries.

With COP28 being hosted in the UAE in November 2023 and the regions Net Zero initiatives, ESG activity is now, more than ever, a focal point for organisations worldwide.

But what is ESG and why should your business care?

On the 29th of June we invite you to join our knowledge & brainstorm session at the DLA Piper Amsterdam Office alongside other senior business leaders where our Partners; Michiel Coenraads (Amsterdam), Andrew Mackenzie (Dubai-GCC region) and Richard Fens (Amsterdam-Global Co-Chair Industrials Sector), will explore:

  • the importance behind ESG from the local, international and Industrials Sector perspective;
  • key legal and regulatory considerations (in the EU and GCC region) all C-suite executives need to be aware of;
  • the impact of the EU's Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) regulations and the impact these will have;
  • green-washing: what are the risks here in Europe;
  • the importance of the COP and the business opportunities surrounding it; and
  • what to expect over the next 6 months on the run up to COP28 in Dubai.


9:15am - Welcome

9:25am - Supply chain issues - global perspective
Moderator: John Ducat, Partner, DLA Piper
Speakers to be confirmed

10:15am - SESG issues in the Americas – with client perspective
Moderator: Paola Aldana, Partner, DLA Piper
Yonni Fushman, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Sustainability Officer and Corporate, Aecon Group Inc.
Further speakers to be confirmed

11am - Break

11:15am - The waves of disruption (Tech risks, COVID, costs) – a global perspective
Moderator: Howard Krupat, Partner, DLA Piper
Speakers to be confirmed

12:05pm - Keynote Q&A – Impact of politics across borders
Congressman Charles Dent, Senior Policy Advisor, Former US House of Representatives
Governor James Blanchard, Senior Counsel, Former United States Ambassador to Canada

12:55pm - Closing remarks

1pm - Light lunch and networking