2:30 - 3:15 pm | The hybrid office: productivity, social dynamics and way forward
The pandemic forced many organisations to adopt a decentralised working model setting up remote teams. How has this affected productivity and what are the organizational and mental challenges faced by employees who are suddenly isolated from their peers? Is remote working a sustainable model in the long term?
3:30 - 4:15 pm | Embracing the digital revolution
While Covid-19 has projected the world toward an accelerated digitalization, new generations might have seen this coming. How do university students think this emphasis on technology may affect their careers and does this mean the end of "traditional" jobs?
4:30 - 5:15 pm | Digital governance strategies to drive business sustainability
Government incentives to increase digitisation for companies can pave the way towards corporate sustainability, however, organisations must be ready to adopt digital governance strategies. What are the key implications from a managerial perspective?
2:30 - 3:15 pm | The evolution of corporate finance and blockchain
We will discuss how blockchain transforming corporate finance and the financial services industry as well as its impact on capital markets by gradually replacing stock agents and changing the way stocks are traded.
3:30 - 4:15 pm | Malta and the great reset: sectors and skills that will drive growth
The “Great Reset” will see the alignment of the economy with the most pressing social issues. How can Malta capitalize on this monumental change and make sure that its workforce will be equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in this brave new world?
4:30 5:15 pm | Financing during and post Covid-19
A look inside the traditional forms of finance used during the pandemic. What mitigations are credit institutions using to safeguard against another financial crisis and what measures are being implemented to ensure that FDI is fully reignited? We will also delve into the impact that the pandemic had on capital markets.
2:30 - 3:15 pm | Risk management and internal control
Internal risk management and control functions help to strengthen governance frameworks, but how can organizations ensure their compliance with the latest regulations and legislation requirements? We will discuss the role of the risk management specialist in identifying and mitigating internal risks.
3:30 - 4:15 pm | Malta's sustainable development and sustainable financing vision
What measures are private organisations putting in place in order to safeguard the environment? How is the public sector ensuring that its policies are up to date with the latest environmental regulations? How is Malta aligning its Sustainable Development Vision for 2050 with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals?
4:30 - 5:15 pm | Grey-listing Malta: will corporate finance help us get off the list?
The road ahead and Malta's plan to get off the Financial Action Task Force Grey List.
Panellists will be announced shortly
Why do companies need to be sustainable?
Apart from the need to abide by regulatory obligations, corporate sustainability brings with it the added benefit of dramatically raising an organization’s corporate profile, as sustainability concerns are increasingly top of mind for consumers and investors across all industries.
The number of companies worldwide including sustainability in their reporting is also increasing. According to a survey carried out by the Governance and Accountability Institute, 90% of S&P 500 Index companies published sustainability reports in 2019. However, the sustainability reporting principle and the need to demonstrate how a business performs not only from a commercial point of view but also from a wider social perspective is applicable to businesses of all sizes.
It is for this reason that an integrated approach to reporting is to be preferred, as it offers a wider and more comprehensive assessment of a company to its stakeholders and investors.
The first pillar encompasses protecting the environment and the research and development of technologies aimed at preserving the ecosystem while ultimately ending harmful practices and processes. Preventing the dissipation of already limited natural resources is key to the success of a global strategy for sustainability.
This pillar touches on three main aspects. The first one is the awareness and the enforcement of legislation intended to protect people from any harmful effects of industrial processes. Fair access to basic resources by all levels of society is also vital for the population's physical and mental health. The last aspect deals with activation and allows individuals to embrace environmentally sustainable practices while also educating them and raising awareness among society at large.
Both private and public entities find themselves compelled to reassess their practices to fall in line with good governance principles. Performance and accountability are becoming increasingly important. Good governance's achievement ultimately fosters sustainability, allowing companies to reduce risks, mitigate crisis, attract new investors, and strengthen the company's equity.