Event: Building the business case and a roadmap for carbon

Climate Risk: Building the business case and a roadmap for carbon.

“It is likely to be only a matter of time before we see litigation against a director who has failed to perceive, disclose or take steps in relation to a foreseeable climate-related risk that can be demonstrated to have caused harm to a company.”

Legal opinion by Noel Hutley SC


Climate-related risks and opportunities have become an issue for both investors and Boards.

Last year, the G20’s Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) issued a set of recommendations providing structure and consistency for management and disclosure of climate-related risks. Companies are now looking to implement these recommendations in their reporting frameworks.

In navigating assessment and disclosure of climate- related risks and opportunities, companies will face a number of challenges. With these challenges in mind, Norton Rose Fulbright, Point Advisory, and the Future Business Council have developed this practical session for participants which will cover:

current and emerging litigation risks relating to climate change and climate related disclosure
the investment community’s perspective on how climate risks should be addressed
how to build a business case to understand and elevate this issue within your organisation, helping you better communicate with and bring together Board members, senior executives, risk professionals, legal teams, and sustainability experts
how to develop a roadmap with specific actions tailored to your organisation’s journey to effectively manage and disclose your climate-related risks AGL’s experience in navigating the TCFD recommendations and producing their first TCFD report.

Date:

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Time:

3:45 pm – Registration

4:00 pm – Seminar starts

6:00 pm – Seminar ends

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Networking drinks

Where:

Norton Rose Fulbright
Level 21 ONE ONE ONE
111 Eagle Street
Brisbane

Speakers: 

Elisa de Wit, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Christophe Brulliard, Principal Consultant, Point Advisory
Theo Comino, Manager Greenhouse and Sustainability, AGL Energy; and
James Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Future Business Council

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Please join us for a discussion on why climate risk should be part of your business agenda and how you can make it happen.

Event: The role of Ethics in Human Rights and Sustainability (SYD)

We are excited to officially launch Point Advisory’s Sydney office.

Join us for the launch and hear from experts about “The role of Ethics in Human Rights and Sustainability”

‘Chief Sustainability Officers’ and their teams are increasingly being exposed to ethics-based challenges in relation to their material sustainability topics and salient human rights issues. Since 2011, the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights (UNGP) have provided a framework to better ‘protect, respect, remedy’ significant impacts to people, with some companies improving their human rights practices. However, do the increased number of people impacted by business missteps mean that ethical considerations need to play a stronger role in guiding sustainability strategies.

This event will explore and discuss the role of ethics in human rights and sustainability, and how companies may need to evolve their current strategies and approaches to effectively respond in light of emerging trends and compliance requirements.

To discuss a variety of perspectives on the topic our speakers include:

  • Alan Dayeh – Managing Principal NSW, Point Advisory
  • Abigail McGregor – Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
  • Cris Parker – Head of The Ethics Alliance, The Ethics Centre
  • Stuart Palmer – Head of Ethics Research, Australian Ethical

Event timings:

  • 6.00 – 6.30pm – Registration
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm – Event session
  • 7.30 – 8.00pm – Open Q&A discussion
  • 8.00 – 9.00pm – Food, drinks and networking

Please join us any time from 6pm and help us also celebrate the opening of the Point Advisory Sydney!

The event location has lift access and is wheelchair accessible.

To book your ticket visit https://bit.ly/2PMsoEu 

 

Point Advisory welcomes Alan Dayeh

Alan has recently joined Point Advisory as Managing Principal of our new Sydney practice and to lead our new Human Rights team.
 
With over 20 years of industry and professional services experience, and over 10 years as a sustainability practitioner, Alan has worked both as a consultant and leading in-house teams. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Alan was Westpac’s Head of Sustainability Governance, overseeing delivery of the sustainability strategy, sustainability risk management framework, climate change and human rights position statements and sustainability reporting.
 
In addition to this regional responsibility for NSW-based clients, he is also responsible for the firm’s efforts to help clients continually strengthen their sustainability foundations. Alan is a self-professed ‘materiality nerd’ and passionate about a strategic approach to sustainability and corporate responsibility, shared value, impact investment and measurement, ESG risk, and business and human rights. He is also a Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner as recognised by AccountAbility and trained in a range of sustainability reporting and impact measurement frameworks.
 
Proud father of three, Alan is never short of a dull moment and loves spending time with his wife and kids. He’s waiting patiently for the day that he can get to spend more time on his other interests such as gardening, home renovations, photography and travel. 
 
We welcome Alan to the Point Advisory team…and apologise to all clients in advance for his ‘dad jokes’!
 
Alan can be contacted here.
 

Polished Man – Join us and help end violence

1 Child dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence. Thats 1 too many. Join us and help end violence agaisnt children.

We’re fundraising for YGAP’s Polished Man 2018 campaign because we believe we can create a world in which no child suffers from violence. We’re doing this for the 1 child who dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence. We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do. Please make a donation and help support this worthy cause. With your help, we can make Polished Man 2018 the biggest year yet!

DONATE HERE

What is Polished Man?

One child dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence.https://my.polishedman.com/

That’s why this October we challenge all men and women to paint their fingernails.

Fingernails that spark conversations.

Conversations that inspires donations.

Donations that allow for trauma recovery and trauma prevention for children around the world.

Because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child.

Help end violence against children.

 

https://my.polishedman.com/pointadvisory

 

Point Advisory welcomes Elly Pattison

Elly has recently joined Point Advisory as a Consultant. Elly brings a range of experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency, stakeholder and community engagement as well as a background in urban planning and the built environment. 

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Elly worked in the Consulting team at the Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL). In her role at MEFL, Elly worked on a wide variety of energy and sustainability projects including community climate change strategy for Moreland Council, community energy program design, retrofit program for low income households and sustainability reports for planning applications.

Elly has also worked in MEFL’s Positive Charge team, providing energy advice and services to people across Victoria, managing the customer relation system and delivery of projects including a trial of the Victorian Government’s Residential Efficiency Scorecard.

Outside of work, Elly enjoys riding her bike and is a part time cycling skills instructor, teaching adults and children cycling safety and skills. 

Elly can be contacted here.

Point Advisory welcomes Ross Tunmer

Ross has recently joined Point Advisory as a Senior Manager in the Energy and Climate Change team.

Ross has over 10 years’ experience in the energy consulting arena, as well as interest in sustainability and business, having recently completed an MBA at the University of Auckland.

Ross has worked predominantly with large-scale industrial energy users across a wide range of industries. This work included several energy audits and feasibility studies, development of energy management strategies and plans (ISO 50001), energy monitoring projects, and various other energy efficiency services. As a mechanical engineer, he enjoys learning new industrial processes and figuring out how to optimise them. Before joining Point Advisory, Ross was a Senior Energy Consultant at Energy NZ, a specialty energy consultancy.

Outside of work, Ross likes hiking, is a keen squash player, and is a tennis fanatic (and a semi-professional line umpire with aspirations to reach Rod Laver Arena).

We welcome Ross to the Point Advisory team.

Ross can be contacted here.

Future Business Council / Members Drinks

Member Drinks

Hosted By Point Advisory

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Members and partners are invited to join us for an informal evening of drinks and canapes – a great opportunity for networking, collaborating and sharing stories.

Date: Thursday 30th August 2018

Location: Level 17, 31 Queen St, Melbourne VCIC 3000.

Click here to reserve a ticket

 

Best for the World 2018 Honouree – BCorp

We are proud to announce that Point Advisory is being featured in BCorp’s Best For The World list in the Community impact area. Point Advisory is 1 of 10 B Corps in Australia that have been honoured in this section.  The Community portion of the B Impact Assessment evaluates a company’s supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. It also measures the company’s practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. At Point Advisory we are committed to this community impact area, having recently started a volunteering leave program. Find the list of all honorees at this link.

 

Meet our staff: Yvonne Barrett

Yvonne has over eight years’ experience in the sustainability and corporate responsibility sector, both in Australia and the UK. Yvonne has recently completed projects for Point Advisory in the areas of environmental management systems (ISO 14001), annual environment reporting, carbon accounting, net zero buildings and stakeholder engagement. Yvonne has a particular interest in the transparent and balanced disclosure of non-financial information and how this information is used by management, executives and stakeholders.

Prior to a career break with her young family, Yvonne worked in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services team at Ernst & Young (EY) in both London and Melbourne. During this time she provided sustainability assurance services for high profile sustainability reports, using international standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the ICMM Sustainable Development 10 principles, and provided verification services for the former Corporate Responsibility Index (CRI). Yvonne also provided assurance services to assist clients meet their reporting obligations under the National Greenhouse Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme and the Emissions Intensive Trade Exposed (EITE) exempt activities. She also developed an interest in risk management, whether it was assisting clients identify organisational risks or monitoring risks through an internal audit program.

Prior to working for EY, Yvonne had various policy and operational roles in climate change, air quality and invasive marine pests at EPA Victoria.

Yvonne has enjoyed working with clients across a wide range of industries including: oil and gas, mining, energy, manufacturing, telecommunications, transport, government and retail.

Yvonne can be contacted here.

 

Introducing our online Emissions Reduction Pathways tool

We have been working a lot lately on ‘net zero’ emissions strategies and emissions reduction plans for government and corporate clients. Through this work, we have seen the value of giving stakeholders the ability to visualise emissions trajectories and to play around with different abatement opportunities to understand the different pathways to emissions reductions.

Based on this experience, we are pleased to release our new Online Emissions Reduction Pathways tool, which can be viewed here.

The tool allows users to explore different scenarios via an intuitive and attractive interface. It helps distill complex concepts and calculations into a clean and intuitive format. For practitioners, the tool is relatively easy to update via an underlying spreadsheet (provided a carbon inventory and associated emissions reductions opportunities have been calculated).

If you are interested in developing your own version of the tool or talking further about emissions reduction strategies, contact Charlie Knaggs or Christophe Brulliard.