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• How can ESG ratings be effectively defined and standardized to provide a clear understanding of environmental, social, and governance factors?
• What measures can be implemented to improve transparency regarding the operations and methodologies employed by ESG rating providers?
• What steps can be taken to improve the comparability of ESG ratings across different providers?
• How can potential conflicts of interest of ESG rating providers be effectively identified and mitigated?
• What strategies can be implemented to limit the risks of greenwashing and social washing in ESG ratings?
• What types of oversight mechanisms can be introduced to ensure the proper functioning and accountability of ESG rating providers?
• How can transparency be improved regarding the impact of ESG risks on individual credit ratings?
• How can CRAs improve transparency regarding how their methodologies incorporate sustainability risks?
• How can CRAs ensure that their methodologies adequately consider all relevant sustainability risks in credit ratings?
14:00-14:30 Registration and networking
14:30-14:35 Introductory remarks by the moderator
14:35-15:10 Introductory remarks by speakers
15:05-16:10 Panel discussion and Q&A
Vice President, Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy, EMEA S&P Global
David leads S&P Global’s Government Affairs & Public Policy team in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa where he is responsible for engagement with regional and international bodies. He is also a member of S&P Global Sustainable1’s leadership team and coordinates matters relating to sustainable finance policy and regulation for the company globally. Prior to joining S&P Global, David was Head of Financial Services at an international consulting firm focused on financial services regulation, commodity markets, and investor relations. He has also worked in a financial software company, a leading European security and defence think tank, and as a researcher for an international organization. David is the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU’s Sustainable Finance Task Force, a member of the High-Level Group on Financing Sustainability Transition, and a member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Irish government’s financial services strategy. He is also a member of the ESMA Sustainability Standing Committee and the UK ESG Data and Ratings Code of Conduct Working Group. In 2014, he was named by Financial News as one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Trading and Technology. He holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Cambridge.