Ludivine Wouters – The Role of Governance in the ESG Transformation

ESG leadership is shaping tomorrow’s extractive industries and investment, as societal expectations evolve. Each of the three pillars of this transformation widens the spectrum of stakeholders participating in this conversation and defines new challenges and opportunities. Whilst environmental and social concerns have often headlined discussions, frameworks and metrics to date, governance plays a key role in that it lays the foundation for sound management, growth and resilience: not only has it become apparent that “if you have the appropriate corporate governance […] relevant environmental and social issues will be managed properly”(1), but governance also creates the opportunity for environmental and social performance to dovetail with operational and financial performance. Sound governance provides the means for stakeholders to be heard and their requirements considered and balanced by businesses and their management; it is also the conduit for accountability, without which effective progress could remain elusive; and it serves as the connecting thread and driving force that overcomes silo-thinking and inertia. We propose to explore how these relationships can interlink to create value through performance, growth and resilience.

(1) R. Eccles, May 2019, Harvard Business Review

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As a governance and policy consultant with expertise in strategy, transaction management, regulatory, government relations and permitting, Ludivine Wouters assists natural resources companies and investors in emerging markets. Ludivine has experience in political risk insurance within a Lloyd’s insurance syndicate, and significant legal experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets with leading international firms in Paris; she also worked for an emerging markets investment bank in London, focusing on metals and mining clients, particularly African juniors. Ludivine holds a Master in Business Law from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) and a JD in Business Law from Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I). She is called to the bar in Paris. In 2013, she was nominated by her peers to be one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.

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