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I was at the City of London Green Summit which took place on 31 May – 1 June and was asked by Sir Roger Gifford (SEB) to give a few opening words on the second day. The audience was comprised of the ‘already converted’ or ‘evangelists’ as one person called them, so I was asked to challenge them (a little 😊). In summary, I had the following to say: My teenage daughter’s view is ‘tell them people are dying, we need to do more!’ (I get that). Awareness is still low, and green finance is not a ‘hot topic’ in the
On 30 June 2017 the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) was awarded Best Association Conference at this year’s Conference Awards (organised by The Global Conference Network) for the ACT Annual Conference 2016, which took place at the ACC Liverpool on 18-20 May 2016. It’s a great achievement and recognition for all the hard work and planning that goes into making this leading treasury event come together – our thanks to all the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, venue and of course, our delegates for helping to make this such a success. OUR ENTRY: Association of Corporate Treasurers – ACT Annual Conference The ACT
Now into its fifth year, the ACT’s annual survey of contemporary treasurers has been published and provides some enlightening information. Entitled, ‘The Business of Treasury’, the report provides data and findings from a survey on a wide range of issues such as board reporting, the strategic impact of treasurers, sources of funding and the importance of treasury qualifications. The survey randomly selected 196 qualified treasurers from the ACT’s membership base who gave anonymised answers, which give us all the opportunity to look at what’s at the forefront of treasurers’ minds, what the profession needs and how it’s developing. The full
Treasury is a constantly evolving profession, as the ACT’s current Business of Treasury research shows, with treasurers’ strategic engagement with their organisations increasing. One area where I have seen this happening is with treasurers’ involvement with their organisation’s Shared Service Centre (SSC). Shared Service Centres – why the interest? Evidence came from two key sources. Firstly, an increased number of requests to provide learning support for treasury teams within SSCs and secondly, discussions with treasurers who were being asked to take responsibility for the treasury aspects of the SSC teams. As this increased, the ACT felt that it would be
On 23 May in Dubai, we partnered with the DIFC and Kyriba in welcoming a multitude of corporates, suppliers and financiers to join our ACT Middle East breakfast briefing to explore the latest technologies and strategies to reduce risk and deliver real value to the business using supply chain finance programmes. The strong attendance and level of audience interactivity demonstrated that supply chain finance remains a hot topic for treasurers in 2017. If you missed it, check out the breakfast’s key takeaways from Kyriba: Establish your success factors When establishing a supply chain finance programme, companies need to define their
A year on from Brexit, the Trump Presidency coming out of its first 100 days and a general election in the UK… the pace of global events and market uncertainty were discussed and debated throughout this year’s ACT Annual Conference, 16-17 May in Manchester. The theme of this year’s event, opportunity from uncertainty, was designed to deliver expert knowledge and practical tools for treasury teams to take back to the office and add further value to their organisations. With over 1,000 attendees, 100 speakers and a new two-day format, feedback has been excellent. Highlights included: charismatic keynotes from Lord Michael
As if you needed reminding, there have been some momentous socio-political events from all corners of the globe in the last 12 months; Brexit and the subsequent reaction from the EU, the election of President Trump and the rise of the populist-Right on the continent continue to mould the zeitgeist. Gauging the impact of these events on the world of business and finance is, to say the least, tricky. Some corporates might be able to cite hard facts of the impact from these geopolitical events. Others perhaps remain tight-lipped and refrain from drawing conclusions until more time has passed and
Day two of the ACT Annual Conference 2017 saw us off to a flyer in a busy talkingtreasury session but the 8am start might have defeated a few people! It was just a taster of what was to come. Anyone who thought that they were in for a couple of quiet days out of the office will have found themselves sorely tested. But then that’s the point: you can’t ever have too many interesting topics, too many knowledgeable speakers and too many bacon rolls. Well, perhaps one too many bacon rolls! Our opening keynote, Alex Tatham from Westcoast, challenged treasurers