Delving into ESG Dilemma’s and Trade-offs

24th August 2022, Sydney, Australia

Private Event Series

Hosted By

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Date: Wed, 24th August 2022

Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm (AEST)


Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney
Hunter Room

66 Hunter St,
Sydney NSW 2000

Rockpool Bar Grill Sydney

Synopsis and overview of the session

Organisations across all sectors are keen to reduce their corporate footprint on greenhouse gas emissions and lesser-publicised issues. They are also keen to outline the action they’re taking and the results they achieve. As businesses advance their environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach from compliance-led reporting to strategic integration, reporting on the impact of your ESG strategy becomes essential.

The breadth of issues under the ESG umbrella can make it challenging to decide what to prioritise; and that is where an ESG materiality assessment can be invaluable in refining your strategy to give it the laser focus it needs. Equally, ESG due diligence is a term we increasingly hear when companies make investment and strategic decisions.

Focus Network in partnership with Diligent invite you to join this upcoming private dinner where we will delve deeper into:

  • The dilemma’s and trade-offs involved in better understanding the E,S and G components
  • How companies can think about and integrate them into their planning processes.
  • How North America and Europe are handling ESG, we will look closer to home on where Australia is heavily focused, including on the national security implications of energy supply chains, which is another aspect of the trade-offs ESG will have to address.
  • What does ESG due diligence really mean — and what should organisations be doing to ensure their due diligence is on point when it comes to ESG?


Patrick Gibbons, Partner at Orizontas representing Diligent

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Patrick is a former diplomat, policy advisor and business consultant with specialist expertise in climate change, energy, resources, environmental, investment and public policy issues. He understands the connections between these real-world commercial issues and politics.

For almost 20 years he has been at the forefront of Australian climate policy development, advising both sides of politics as a senior member of staff in Federal and State ministerial offices, working for major international energy and resource firms, and the financial sector.

He helped establish key parts of Australia’s current climate policy framework including the Emissions Reduction Fund and Safeguards mechanism. Patrick commenced his career in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and represented Australia in the Middle East and at international climate change negotiations. He has an MBA in Energy Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, a MA International Relations and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University.


Peter Deans, Chair & Non-Executive Director, Maia Financial Group

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Peter Deans is a former Chief Risk Officer and retired from executive life in 2019, after a finance career of over 32 years. Peter is today an industry leading risk management and strategy advisor through his firm, Notwithoutrisk Consulting.

Peter is also current Chair and Non-Executive Director of Maia Financial Group (owned by KKR and HPS Investment Partners) and a Non-Executive Director of Trade for Good Pty Ltd and The RegTech Association.

Peter was awarded Australian Banking & Finance magazine’s Chief Risk Officer of the Year award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Peter implemented Bank of Queensland’s industry leading Ethics program in 2015 and was a leading advocate for ethical conduct across the industry for many years.

Peter is also the Creator & Founder of the 52 Risks management framework (

About Diligent

Diligent created the modern governance movement. As the leading governance, risk and compliance (GRC) SaaS company, we serve 1 million users from over 25,000 customers around the globe. Our innovative platform gives leaders a connected view of governance, risk, compliance and ESG across their organization. Our world-changing idea is to empower leaders with the technology, insights and connections they need to drive greater impact and accountability – to lead with purpose. Our employees are passionate, smart, and creative people who not only want to help build the software company of the future, but who want to make the world a more sustainable, equitable and better place.

Headquartered in New York, Diligent also has offices in Washington D.C., London, Galway, Budapest, Vancouver, Bengaluru, Munich, and Sydney.


Agenda at a glance

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Registration & networking

4.00 pm – 4.05pm – Welcome address

4.05 pm – 5.15pm – 3 course lunch served4.05 pm – 4.45pm – Embracing disruption in the financial services industry: A Privacy versus Security conundrum – Amanda Chan, BlackBerry

4.45 pm – 5.15pm – Demo

5.15pm – 5.45pm – Discussion

5.45 pm – 6pm – Closing remarks

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