RESET24: What does ESG best practice look like?

Your favourite exploration into ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) is back for 2024, with RESET24 scheduled to take the Aotea Centre, Auckland by storm on Tuesday 7 May.

A feast of ESG insights, one of our most hotly anticipated sessions is the ESG Best Practice panel discussion, facilitated by Dr Michelle Dickinson and featuring Marisa Lorigan, General Manager of Business and Strategy at Savory Construction and Laurissa Cooney, Director at Goodman Property.

Meet our panellists

Marisa is a familiar face to many in the property sector, having been part of the commercial interiors industry for over 17 years, spending the last eight years in the construction sector. She holds an Interior Design and Construction Management diploma as well as numerous titles such as WELL accredited professional, NAWIC member, NZGBC GreenStar practitioner, and founder of Commercial Real Estate Women Crew NZ. Her zest for promoting ESG and sustainability awareness is only trumped by her passion for championing women within the construction industry.

Marisa initially joined Savory as the Partnerships and Sustainability Director, before being appointed as GM of Business and Strategy, and in April 2024 she was made a Director. Working within internationally renowned organisations such as Facebook and PWC has helped Marisa gain valuable foresight into global markets and upcoming trends. This robust experience serves her well as she now oversees multiple departments at Savory including partnerships, sustainability, innovation, marketing and branding, culture, ESG, and strategy.

Of Te Āti Hau Nui a Pāpā Rangi (Whanganui) descent, Laurissa Cooney is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand. She has previously held senior manager, auditing and consulting roles with Deloitte in New Zealand and Deloitte Touche in London and was the Chief Financial Officer for Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Laurissa currently serves as a Chair of Aotearoa Circle and is an Independent Non-Executive Director for Air New Zealand Ltd, Goodman Property Ltd, Accordant Group Ltd and is the Chair of the Audit & Risk for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki. She also holds a role as Co-Chair for the Tourism Industry Transformation Plan for the Environment with MBIE. Laurissa is also a Committee Member of the Chapter Zero NZ Steering Group and was a 2017 recipient of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award.

About the session

In this exclusive session, the dynamic duo of Marisa and Laurissa will discuss exemplary Environmental, Social, and Governance strategies, exploring innovative approaches to sustainability, diversity, and corporate responsibility, offering actionable insights for your business. With diverse perspectives and real-world examples, the panel will navigate the evolving landscape of responsible business practices.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions on the day, but we’ll also cover:

  • Examples of implemented ESG strategies that have had a significant positive impact on both sustainability and corporate responsibility.
  • How our panellists approach integrating diversity and inclusion initiatives into their organisation’s ESG framework.
  • Which strategies have most effectively fostered a diverse and inclusive work culture.
  • What they view as the biggest challenges and opportunities for businesses striving to enhance ESG performance and make meaningful sustainability contributions.
  • How to measure and track the impact of ESG initiatives, be it environmental, social or governance.
  • Where to start on the ESG journey and what the key considerations should be for those just starting out.
With only 18 days to go, now is the time to book your ticket!

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