Corporate governance and corporate finance

High-Level Roundtable on Climate Change and Corporate Governance


8 June 2022 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, Paris

This high-level roundtable brought together public and private sector experts to discuss how corporate governance policies and practices may need to be adapted to address the challenges of climate change and promote progress on climate objectives. To support the discussion, the roundtable featured the launch of the OECD report “Climate Change and Corporate Governance” developed to inform the review of the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance.

Weaknesses in corporate governance and capital markets, including with respect to climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, have been further exposed by the COVID-19 crisis. Existing corporate governance frameworks may therefore need to be updated to help companies navigate the transition to a sustainable economic model with net zero emissions by 2050.

A crucial question for corporate change and the green transition is how to improve company disclosures of the environmental risks they face, as better disclosure will allow market participants to make more informed decisions and capital markets to close the information gap between today (the decisions boards and investors are making) and the long-term (a future of carbon neutrality). Other important questions are what should be expected from directors and shareholders to support the green transition, and what corporate governance policies would best enable an orderly transition for companies as well as for societies.

These are some of the questions the G20 and OECD are looking at in the ongoing review the G20/OECD Principles of Corporate Governance, with the aim of strengthening and adapting the guidance it provides, including on the management of climate change and other environmental and social risks. 


More about the review of the Principles





 Climate Change and Corporate Governance

Climate Change and Low-Carbon Transition Policies in State-Owned Enterprises


Opening Remarks

Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General, OECD

Enrico Giovannini, Minister for Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility, Italy 

Moderator: Masato Kanda, Chair, OECD Corporate Governance Committee; Vice-Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Japan

Keynote address

Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice

Panel discussion: Climate Change and Corporate Governance 

Marie-Christine Coisne-Roquette, Chair, Sonepar Group and Colam Entreprendre; Lead Director, Board of Directors, TotalEnergies

Dan Konigsburg, Senior Managing Director, Global Boardroom Program, Deloitte; Chair, Business at OECD Corporate Governance Committee

Vassiliki Lazarakou, Chair, Hellenic Capital Market Commission; Member of the Management Board, European Securities and Markets Authority

Astrid Ludin, Deputy Commissioner, Financial Sector Conduct Authority, South Africa

Lee White, Executive Director, IFRS Foundation

Moderator: Carmine Di Noia, Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD 

Closing Remarks

Yoshiki Takeuchi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

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