Sustainability and Business Opportunity: Chartered Accountants Ireland webinar

Sep 11, 2020


Sustainability is critical to future-proofing businesses, but it is not always clear how people in business and practice can meet the challenges it presents. This webinar will help members understand how sustainability can mitigate risks and generate revenue and profit. In the third of our District Society Sustainability Roadshows - now with the North-West District Society - join four experts who will interpret global sustainability principles in practical ways for small and medium businesses.

This free webinar on Thursday September 24 at 12pm is suitable for members in practice and industry who wish to understand more about sustainability and its future following the current crisis. It will describe how operating sustainably is key to cutting costs as well as building a fairer, greener and cleaner economy. Business at all stages of the sustainability journey will get an insight into how sustainability can bring benefits in terms of reduced costs, risk management, competitive advantage and sourcing finance.

The key items that will be covered include:
• What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and their relevance to SMEs
• Government policy on sustainability at a national and local level
• The business benefits of sustainability – people, profit and planet

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how they apply to business in Ireland
• Be familiar with the local and national government initiatives in Ireland
• Understand the potential costs to be saved and profits to be made by introducing sustainable practices.
• Appreciate how businesses can introduce sustainability practices in their own organisation, whatever the size

Speaker Bios

Jessica Lobo is Programme Manager, Global Goals, United Nations Global Compact Network UK.
Jessica leads a programme of activity to engage businesses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the UN Global Compact Network UK, part of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest responsible business initiative. Part of the programme is to promote practical sustainability leadership, share knowledge across sectors, and shape the business environment to create a world we want to live and do business in. Prior to this, Jessica was Sustainability Engagement Coordinator with City, University of London,  and Sustainability Engagement Officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Jessica has a Master's Degree in  Environmental Law.

Ciarán Hayes was appointed Chief Executive of Sligo County Council in January 2014.
Ciarán has 42 years’ service in Local Government having served in five Local Authorities, 20 years of which have been at a senior management level. As Chief Executive of Sligo County Council, he has been instrumental in the emergence of Sligo as capital of the North-West and is presently presiding over €250m capital infrastructural investment. In addition, he has led the Local Government Sector’s response in recent years to the challenges of climate change and was instrumental in the establishment of the Climate Action Regional Offices (CAROs).  Separately, he is a Board Member of Ireland International Airport, Knock (IWAK) and is on the Governing Board of IT Sligo.

Shane O’Reilly is Director, Sustainable Futures, KPMG.
Shane leads the ESG & Sustainability service line of KPMG Sustainable Futures. He has 20+ years’ experience of the global construction materials market having joined KPMG from CRH plc, where he was their Group Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Manager. He is the current chair of CDP Ireland Network, a committee of sustainability professionals from across Irish industry and semi-state organisations. Shane also participated in a World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Construction Forum for the development of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) guidelines for the construction sector across its entire value chain. In addition to his ESG experience, Shane has knowledge of capital markets having been part of the Investor Relations group function, as well as operational experience through numerous management roles at CRH plc subsidiary companies in Ireland.

Registration is here.