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BCCJ Responsible Business Forum | Planet

Thursday 17 Sep 12.00 - 14.00

Join us for an informative digital event with expert speakers to deepen your understanding and discuss best practices for moving us all towards a carbon neutral future.

Location

Webinar

Price

Non Members: ¥2,000

Members: ¥0

Written by Noriko Mita

Note: A ZOOM access link will be sent to participants 1-hour before this webinar is scheduled to start

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The impact of the Covid-19 has been savage. It has scarred global economies and affected people’s livelihoods in unprecedented ways. Perhaps one of the few silver linings we have seen is a significant decline in harmful emissions; NASA photos captivating the public with just how fast and visible change could be.

Covid-19 may have taught us that companies need to to take a longer-term view of risk, especially one as serious as the future of our climate. But right now, businesses will focus on making up lost ground, while governments will roll out aggressive ‘kick-start’ policies to reinvigorate economies. With this, we risk derailing global efforts to limit warming, but also see a great opportunity to embrace a low carbon future, refocusing on a green economy rather than sticking to previously hard-rooted 20th century business models and infrastructure. With structural change comes a chance to modernise the economy with a sustainable production system at the core.

2020 was always billed as a critical year for climate action and carbon neutrality, with over 100 countries now committed to net-zero carbon footprints. We have also seen a reaction from big business – Microsoft and Amazon stating bold new carbon-reduction goals aiming for zero and beyond, for example. But what does “carbon neutral” really mean for different types of businesses, and how do we go about getting there? Can Covid be used as a catalyst to spur on a green renaissance, or is there a much larger danger in blindsiding the environment to irreversible effect as countries compete in firing up their economies.

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The BCCJ is running an interactive two-part event series to dive into the issue of decarbonization: its effects on our planet, our people, and our businesses, and to deepen your understanding and discuss best practices for moving us all towards a carbon-neutral future.

Join us for our first session, Decarbonization: Business & Planet; an online interactive panel discussion and brainstorming session led by experts at FTSE Russell, Renewable Japan, and Rio Tinto, where we will talk about the effects of decarbonization on our planet, what different companies are doing to reduce their carbon footprint, what challenges they are seeing, and how they are tackling them.

 

Panellists

Tadashi Tago | Japan Country Head, FTSE Russell / Head of Information Services Japan, LSEG

 

Tadashi Tago is Head of Information Services for Japan, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). He is also Japan Country Head of FTSE Russell. Tadashi leads the growth and development of LSEG’s information services businesses in Japan, including global index provider, FTSE Russell, as well as analytics and data solutions.

Tadashi joined LSEG from Bloomberg, where he successfully led the firm’s index and analytics business in Japan. Prior to Bloomberg, he spent 14 years at senior positions covering indexing and analytics at Barclays and Lehman Brothers in Japan. He also held various roles in derivatives trading, international business planning, IT planning and product development at several financial institutions in Japan.

 

Tadashi Tago is Head of Information Services for Japan, London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). He is also Japan Country Head of FTSE Russell. Tadashi leads the growth and development of LSEG’s information services businesses in Japan, including global index provider, FTSE Russell, as well as analytics and data solutions.

Tadashi joined LSEG from Bloomberg, where he successfully led the firm’s index and analytics business in Japan. Prior to Bloomberg, he spent 14 years at senior positions covering indexing and analytics at Barclays and Lehman Brothers in Japan. He also held various roles in derivatives trading, international business planning, IT planning and product development at several financial institutions in Japan.

 

Jennifer Sakaguchi | General Manager – Corporate Relations, Rio Tinto Japan

Jennifer hails from the United States but has made Japan her home for over 30
years. She joined Anglo-Australian global mining company Rio Tinto in 2011 after
a long career as a marketing and communications professional in both Tokyo and
New York, to establish the company’s corporate relations function in Japan, which
is an important customer for the company’s minerals and metals; supplier of
mining machinery and equipment; and partner in business and innovation. In her
role, Jennifer is responsible for managing the company’s external affairs activities,
media relations, and internal and external communications in Japan.

 

Jennifer hails from the United States but has made Japan her home for over 30
years. She joined Anglo-Australian global mining company Rio Tinto in 2011 after
a long career as a marketing and communications professional in both Tokyo and
New York, to establish the company’s corporate relations function in Japan, which
is an important customer for the company’s minerals and metals; supplier of
mining machinery and equipment; and partner in business and innovation. In her
role, Jennifer is responsible for managing the company’s external affairs activities,
media relations, and internal and external communications in Japan.

 

Katsuhiko Manabe | President, Renewable Japan

Katsuhito Manabe is the President of Renewable Japan Co., Ltd. He established and became CEO of Renewable Japan in 2012 in order to work on Japan’s renewable energy business in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In 2017, Renewable Japan Energy Infrastructure  Fund, which Renewable Japan’s wholly owned subsidiary manages its assets, was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Prior to establishing Renewable Japan, he served as the representative director of ZAIS Japan from 2008 and engaged in oversea Mega Solar projects. He became the head of Sales Division of Barclays Japan as Managing Director and set up the Japanese franchise in 2005. Prior to Barclays, he was Managing Director and served as the head of securitization department of Lehman Brothers Japan since 1999.

 

Katsuhito Manabe is the President of Renewable Japan Co., Ltd. He established and became CEO of Renewable Japan in 2012 in order to work on Japan’s renewable energy business in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. In 2017, Renewable Japan Energy Infrastructure  Fund, which Renewable Japan’s wholly owned subsidiary manages its assets, was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Prior to establishing Renewable Japan, he served as the representative director of ZAIS Japan from 2008 and engaged in oversea Mega Solar projects. He became the head of Sales Division of Barclays Japan as Managing Director and set up the Japanese franchise in 2005. Prior to Barclays, he was Managing Director and served as the head of securitization department of Lehman Brothers Japan since 1999.

 

Sue Kinoshita | Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy, The British Embassy Tokyo

Sue Kinoshita became Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy at the British Embassy Tokyo in September 2018. Previously, Sue was Consul-General and Corporate Services Director at the British Government offices in Geneva from 2007, Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy Tokyo from 2010, and then Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Seoul from August 2015. Since joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983, Sue has worked on Trade Policy, Press and Public Affairs, EU accession issues, and taken on HR and Finance roles.
Sue graduated from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

 

Sue Kinoshita became Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy at the British Embassy Tokyo in September 2018. Previously, Sue was Consul-General and Corporate Services Director at the British Government offices in Geneva from 2007, Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy Tokyo from 2010, and then Deputy Head of Mission and Director of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Seoul from August 2015. Since joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983, Sue has worked on Trade Policy, Press and Public Affairs, EU accession issues, and taken on HR and Finance roles.
Sue graduated from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.