ESG and Human Rights

Wednesday, May 19
10-11 am GMT

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors are increasingly critical in influencing external perceptions of company performance. The ESG expectations of investors, of governments and of society at large have increased greatly in recent years. But ESG is not just about reputation. ESG performance can drive value creation. It can build internal pride. And ESG performance is subject to ever stiffer regulatory scrutiny. No company – large or small – can afford to ignore ESG.

NBCC and FBCC are delighted to bring together three highly experienced practitioners to discuss latest trends in ESG and to share their views on the opportunities and pitfalls that companies face today:

  • Rocio Paniagua, from Transparency International UK (TI-UK), the UK’s leading transparency and anti-corruption NGO, will give discuss how corruption and human rights are deeply interlinked and will tell us about TI-UK’s two latest publications Open Businessand Make it Count, which describe how companies need to avoid the trap of making ESG a box-ticking exercise.
  • Mariana Abreu, from leading law firm Wallbrook, will talk about case studies on how companies and investors have been integrating ESG and human rights in their due diligence processes: pre-transaction due diligence; third-party risk management; human rights impact assessments. She will also talk about ideas on what to expect in the ESG and human rights space in the near future: increasingly prominence of the S and human rights, integration of ESG into the compliance function, ESG regulation and ESG litigation.
  • Nina Schefte is Head of Social Responsibility at Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminium companies and a company known for its commitment to sustainability. Nina will share some of Hydro’s experiences dealing with ESG issues, including in challenging environments such as Brazil.
  • Dominic Martin from Equinor UK, is the event’s moderator.

There will be an opportunity to ask panellists questions and discuss how ESG is affecting your business.

Rocio Paniagua – Head of Business Integrity Programme, Transparency International UK.

Rocío is the Head of Business Integrity at the Business Integrity Programme of TI-UK. In her role at Transparency International UK, she provides the operational leadership for the programme in support of the Programme Director. We coordinate, oversee and lead the delivery of the Business Integrity Programme products, services, advocacy and communications strategies, in order to achieve real change in the fight against corruption. Before working at Transparency International she worked as a Senior Legal Manager with the International Bar Association Legal Policy & Research Unit, where she led projects in the areas of corporate and judicial integrity, and business and human rights. She has extensive experience and academic credentials in international law and project management, with a focus on anti-corruption and business and human rights. Rocío completed her law degree at the Autónoma University of Madrid and undertook additional law studies at the Roma Tre University in Italy and the Complutense University of Madrid, where she earned a Masters in International Cooperation for Development. A member of the Madrid Bar Association, she has previously worked as a Legal Officer in the International Department of the Spanish National Bar Association and in two major reinsurers in London and Dublin.


Nina Schefte – Head of Social Responsibility – Group Sustainability, Hydro.

Nina Schefte has more
than 20 years of professional experience from environmental and social responsibility in the public and private sector. She holds a master in environmental engineering from NTNU Norway and RWTH Germany and a master of management in strategic collaboration. Her experience includes Sustainability Manager for IKEA Norway and consultant within sustainability for a wide range of companies. Hydro is a leading industrial company committed to a sustainable future. Since 1905, Hydro has turned natural resources into valuable products for people and businesses, creating a safe and secure workplace for our 34,000 employees in more than 140 locations and 40 countries. Hydro is through its businesses present in a broad range of market segments for aluminium, energy, metal recycling, renewables and batteries.






Mariana Abreu – Head of ESG and Human Rights, London, UK.

Mariana is a human rights lawyer and the head of Wallbrook’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) & Human Rights practice. Originally from Brazil, she has over 10 years of experience working on human rights, anti-corruption and environmental issues. Major projects she has worked on include tracking the links between agribusiness and deforestation of the Amazon rainforest at Global Witness and investigating the human rights impact of mining companies in Mozambique at Amnesty International. At Wallbrook, she supports leading investors and businesses on ESG & human rights due diligence and supply chain tracing.





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