Management School hosts Business Breakfast on Demystifying Environmental, Social and Governance

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The Management School was delighted to host its latest Business Breakfast on Wednesday 30 November in collaboration with Wirral Chamber of Commerce, at their premises in Birkenhead.

The theme was “Demystifying Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)” and the session featured guest speakers Chris Florackis, Professor of Finance at the Management School and specialist researcher for the Centre for Sustainable Business, Matt Breakwell, Business Development Manager at Kimpton Energy Solutions and Mike Cockburn, Assistant Director of Parks and Environment at Wirral Council.

Chris Florakis referred to his research on the foundations of ESG investing to explain how ESG is among the key intangible assets that drive long-term value and create positive outcomes for wider society. He also gave an overview of the key components of ESG and a list of practical tips for SMEs to consider when implementing an ESG policy in line with sustainable development goals.

Matt Breakwell gave some fantastic examples of some of the projects that Kimpton Energy Solutions have undertaken in areas such as skills/training, carbon and waste reduction and people. Their approach and commitment to social value was truly inspiring.

Mike Cockburn gave an update on Wirral Council’s response to the environment and climate emergency and an overview of actions and progress to date. Wirral are working towards a net zero target of 2041, in line with the Cool2 strategy which was adopted by the Cool Wirral Partnership in 2019.

The Q&A session at the end was very successful, allowing room for some interesting discussion.

Hazel Kennedy, External Engagement Manager at the Management School said,

“The event was really engaging and relevant as businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of implementing an ESG policy, but aren’t sure where to start or lack understanding of what is required. The speakers gave some practical takeaways for businesses to consider and this will be of utmost value.”

"We were delighted to see discussions continuing after the session and provide the opportunity for people to share ideas.”

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