ESG Amplified: Powering Corporate Impact with Small Charities


Event Details

When: Wednesday 1st May 2024
Where: Old Board Room, Freemasons’ Hall, London WC2B 5AZ
Time: 6-9.30pm


The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) landscape has seen significant development in recent years, with businesses increasingly being assessed on their commitment to the planet and its people.This event will take a deep dive into the social element of ESG, exploring the myriad of benefits engaging with the community can bring to a business. For the leaders of today and tomorrow, there is now a great opportunity to go beyond meeting financial targets and leave a positive mark on the world.

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Guest Speaker and Panelists

Andrew Ryde


Andrew has recently left the bank CIBC where for many years he chaired the CIBC Children’s Miracle Foundation for Europe. He is also a long-servicing trustee of the children’s charity Go Beyond which provides respite breaks for disadvantaged young people.

With a passion for social welfare and equality Andrew is always striving to promote stronger links between the business world and local communities, particularly in the London area.

Tom Broad, Treasurer, The CIBC World Markets Children’s Foundation


Tom has been one of the trustees and the Treasurer of CIBC’s charity foundation for 5 years. The Foundation partners with, and supports, three children’s charities every two years. CSR and charity is a key part of the ethos at CIBC and is embraced across the bank throughout their events, including their annual fundraiser ‘Miracle Day’. The Foundation currently have the privilege of supporting the three great charities supporting this event: Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund, Skyway and School Home Support. The work that each charity carries out is nothing short of inspirational, and the way they have supported our events and each other will leave a lasting legacy. We hope we can do the same.

Graham Best, Co Founder, ReBound


Graham built a global brand called ReBound that revolutionised online returns within the fashion industry. Sustainability and ESG were fundamental drivers for the business and for all employees. ReBound helps its customers to accurately measure the positive or negative impact that they are having on the planet and their community. This enables companies to develop their own ESG strategy. Graham works closely with the Lennox management team, advising them on long term strategies.

Laura Brown, UK Communications Director, Ferrovial


Laura Brown is a communications and CSR specialist with a career spanning different industries in the UK and Mexico. She has over 16 years’ experience in the UK infrastructure industry and currently leads the communications and social impact delivery for Ferrovial in the UK & Ireland. As a global organisation, Ferrovial has been developing large, sustainable projects for society since 1952 through our four business lines: Highways, Airports, Construction, and Energy. Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund is the UK Construction business’ charity partner of the year. Since the partnership began in September 2023, our organisations and teams have worked very closely together and the positive impact for all involved has been extremely satisfying.

Robert Powell, Director, Pro Bono, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP


Rob is the architect of the London office’s award-winning Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion (CR&I) program. Primarily responsible for running the London pro bono practice, and designing community initiatives such as WEIL (Widening Entry Into Law) and Improving Lives & Raises Aspirations 2023, he also works with colleagues on inclusion, wellbeing and sustainability initiatives. He is a frequent speaker on the social responsibility circuit, and regularly contributes to industry reports and thought leadership articles, he is also on the board of Special Olympics GB and Heart of the City, and on the advisory board of several U.K. charities.