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Course Description

Keynote

MK Breakfast and Keynote // Improve Financial Performance with Well-Being Analytics

August 8, 2022

8:00 am - 8:40 am

Prerequisite: None

Erik Thomsen

CTO

Blender Logic, Inc.

For over a century, the health of a company has been synonymous with its financial health, as represented in its income statement and balance sheet. In this keynote talk, Erik Thomsen will show you why environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are growing in importance to investors as a means to assess corporate health, and he will outline how a program of well-being analytics can improve corporate health and resilience.

ESG reports and third-party ratings have become ubiquitous for assessing a company’s impact on the environment and society (what economists call externalities) and the way it governs itself. Underpinning investor interest in ESG ratings is the general perception that a company with poor ESG ratings today is at greater risk of financial problems tomorrow when compared to a company with similar financials but markedly better ESG ratings.

Although the specific correlations between ESG and financial performance are unclear, the high costs of producing ESG reports are clear. Plus, these reports, once produced, are not used to drive decisions. One reason for this is that most corporate ESG activities lie outside of the corporation’s existing analytics programs.

Thomsen will show that, by elevating the processes around ESG to the level of corporate IT and data stewardship, well-being analytics can provide a systematic framework for companies to improve the quality and decision value of their ESG data, reduce corporate risk, and improve the profitability of their business model while rationalizing the data/analytics processes they are already performing.

During this keynote presentation, you will learn:

  • Why ESG factors impact risk, profitability, valuation, and other measures of corporate performance
  • How a program of well-being analytics provides a systematic framework for organizing and coordinating ESG-related activities
  • The kinds of data need to be collected and analyzed for well-being analytics
  • Kinds of analysis that are required for well-being analytics, and how well-being analytics fits as a natural extension to existing corporate analytics
  • How well-being analytics can rationalize corporate processes and improve corporate performance

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