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Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) Special Interest Group

Purpose and scope of the group

The importance of Environmental and Social Governance is now recognised by organisations operating in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. The purpose of this SIG is to address ESG matters taking a risk sector-wide and global governance perspective. The proposed IRM ESG SIG is needed to:

1) Provide a forum for the international IRM risk community to share knowledge and experience on ESG matters.

2) Coordinate the ESG activities already being undertaken by IRM members on behalf of the institute, i.e. governance conference, articles, thought leadership, webinars, international standards making, academic and professional body liaisons.

3) Inform other IRM Interest Groups of current ESG matters.

4) Gain recognition of the pivotal role the risk professional has in the ESG space.

5) Support the IRM to stand out as a leader in the field of ESG.


Aims and strategic goals

The priority is to set up this IRM committee to lead the institute's activities in relation to ESG. Activities planned are to:

1) Formally establish the committee and schedule quarterly meetings.

2) Organise a series of events for the international risk community to share knowledge and best practice, in the first instance, drawing on committee members' expertise in aspects.

3) Promote the role of the risk professional in the ESG space.

4) Disseminate key findings on ESG to other IRM groups.

5) Establish links with academic and industry experts.

Group Chair Anita Punwani was recently interviewed by the BBC on reputation risk, view the interview by clicking on the image below.


Committee members

Anita Punwani CFIRM, Passion for promoting the role of risk management in ESG and achievement of the UN SDGs.

- IRM Chair, Environmental & Social Governance SIG. Former IRM Deputy Chair & Non-Executive Board Director. Interviewed by BBC & CNBC in raising public awareness of risk management during pandemic. 

- Independent Risk Professional with experience in public, not-for-profit and private sectors, developing public-private partnerships as well as supplier chain relationships. Represented the UK and IRM in development of international governance standard, ISO 37000.

- Initiated framework for a standard in Modern Slavery. Involved in developing ESG standards. BSI Lead Auditor in Business Continuity Management. M_o_R Foundation.

- MSc in Global Governance & Ethics, UCL’s School of Public Policy, research areas: effectiveness of humanitarian aid and assistance, ethics of climate governance, social values, governance of not-for-profit organisations. 

- IRM qualified. Led IRM education modules in business continuity, crises, resilience, future risks and risk treatment.

- Member of Chatham House and UNA-UK. Artwork selected by World Bank’s ‘Art of Resilience’ competition. 



Dr. Abdul Mohib, Passionate about effective leadership with expertise in risk, assurance, governance and internal controls.

- Group Head of Risk & Assurance, Peabody Trust.

- Experienced in leading and setting direction on risk management for a variety of matrix-based organizations of varying sizes from different sectors including one of UK’s top employers.

- Specialises in embedding the Three Lines of Defence model to ensure effective risk assurance and governance frameworks.

- A career focused on public protection spanning counter-terrorism, food safety, rail transport, public health, social housing.

- Active member of IRM. Member, Government Risk Improvement Group. Member, Deloitte’s Chief Risk Officers forum.

- BAME mentor in the global ‘INvolve’ mentoring programme.

- Post-doctoral scientific research based on sustainable crop protection, corporate business continuity, incidents management.



Alex Hindson CFIRM, Passionate about risk management and sustainability, thrives on leading change.

- IRM qualified and experienced Non-Executive Director with 13 years of not-for-profit sector experience.

- Former IRM Chair & Non-Executive Board Director.

- Chief Risk & Sustainability Officer at Argo Group.

- Solid track record in financial services. Experience in oversight of risk management, sustainability, capital modelling, compliance.

- Operating to highest ethical standards and presenting on difficult issues in a constructive manner to drive a change in culture.

- Special adviser to the ESG Foundation. Co-Chair, Risk Officer Sustainability Forum.

- Chair, ESG Working Group, Lloyd’s Market Association. Advisory Group Committee member, the Risk Coalition. 


Dorothy Maseke CMIRM, Passionate to create a positive impact in people’s lives and promote collective endeavours that bring people together – locally and globally.

- IRM Chair, Investment Committee. IRM Non-Executive Board Director. Co-founder IRM East Africa Regional Group.

- Heads up Risk & Compliance, ICEA LION Group, East Africa; spearheading ICEA LION to become signatory to and implement UNEP Principles of Sustainable Insurance.

- Named one of the ‘Top 40 Under 40 Women’ in Kenya in 2019. Board member of World Vision Kenya.

- IRM qualified risk professional. Diploma in Business Continuity.

- Certified in Anti-Money Laundering, Risk & Information Systems Controls, Engagement & Productivity Coaching. Certification, Sustainable Finance, University of Cambridge.


Lisa Khan CFIRM, passionate about having effective Governance frameworks in place.

Expertise with embedding what management in control really means and how effective risk management, controls and assurance are integral components with managing the business and with sustaining its performance.

Experience with improving the governance assurance frameworks, particularly around financial crime systems and controls.

Specialises with assessing the effectiveness of operational controls and processes in place to manage the risks related to compliance with policies, compliance’s adherence to mandated/regulatory requirements (e.g. Financial Crime,
Regulatory Reporting) and other (non-regulatory) Business or Functional processes and controls.

Active member of the IRM, member of the Energy SIG. IRM qualified risk professional.

My drive for doing things “first time right,” is a key business discipline underpinned by the core values acquired from my IRM studies and reflected in my current role.


Rahat Latif MIRM, is internationally experienced, with a rich reputation in developing and implementing risk, governance, opportunity and resilience frameworks. Keen interest in developing the profession of risk management & resilience and facilitating change for the better.

- IRM Board Member (NED)

- Chair of the IRM Interest Group Committee

- IRM Diploma Holder

- Mark Butterworth Award from the Institute of Risk Management for development of the profession in the Middle East

- CEO Award for Excellence (Qatargas)



Business with conscience Risk professionals have a key role to play in supporting the modern organisation take its share of responsibility for managing risks to society

Enterprise Risk, p30.

By Anita Punwani CFIRM


Taking a lead on ESG

Strategic Risk

By Anita Punwani CFIRM



What is the relevance of the rise of ESG to Chief Risk Officers?

The Risk Coalition

By Alex Hindson CFIRM


CRO – Is it time to transition towards ‘Chief Responsibility Officer’?

The ESG Foundation

By Alex Hindson


Oversight of purpose - how to set-up governance over ESG


The Art of Resilience



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Group Chair: 

Anita Punwani 

Committee members:

Alex Hindson

Dorothy Maseke 

Abdul Mohib

Lisa Khan

Rahat Latif

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Future events

ESG Group perspectives: Perspectives on Social Responsibilities

The IRM definition of ESG is ‘the governance of purpose-driven organisations with the intention of fulfilling their social responsibilities in an ethical and sustainable manner’; this event will provide the risk community with perspectives from an expert panel of speakers to support the modern organisation meet its social responsibilities in the context of ESG.

- Opening Remarks: IRM ESG Group Chair, Anita Punwani CFIRM.

- 'Social Values & Accountability’: Professor Albert Weale, Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, School of Public Policy, University College London (UCL).

- ‘The Risks of Modern Slavery’: Professor Parosha Chandran, Professor of Modern Slavery Law at King's College London, Human Rights Barrister, Parliamentary Advisor.

- 'The gap between continuity management and societal responsibility': Dr. Gianluca Pescaroli, Lecturer in Business Continuity and Organisational Resilience. Director of the MSc in Risk, Disaster and Resilience. Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), UCL.

- ‘Relevant Governance and Risk Standards’: David Adamson, Lead Standards Development Manager, Governance, Risk and Resilience, British Standards Institution.

- Q&A with panel speakers and Emily Hough, Editor in Chief, the Crisis Response Journal, Director at Crisis Management.

Event Insight

The IRM ESG Group seeks to provide the risk community with thought leadership in relation to good governance of the modern organisation. This event with leading thinkers in the epistemic community will provide forward-thinking risk professionals with the opportunity to learn from expertise in law, public policy, governance, risk, crisis, business continuity and resilience. The forum will also provide the opportunity for attendees to pose questions to the panel in developing their understanding and reflecting upon their own values in relation to this key aspect of ESG.


Date: Thursday 26th May 2022
Time: 11.00 - 12.00 BST (Open from 10.50)
Register:  Click here to register





 Professor Albert Weale, is a Emeritus Professor of Political Theory and Public Policy, School of Public Policy, University College London.


Professor Parosha Chandran, is s Professor of Modern Slavery Law at King's College London, Human Rights Barrister, Parliamentary Advisor.



Dr. Gianluca Pescaroli, Lecturer: Business Continuity & Organisational Resilience. Director: MSc in Risk, Disaster & Resilience. Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction, UCL. As featured in 'The risk management experts now in demand', BBC News, 10 March 2022.



David Adamson, Lead Standards Development Manager, Governance, Risk & Resilience, British Standards Institution.



Q&A with panel speakers and Emily Hough, Editor in Chief, the Crisis Response Journal, Director at Crisis Management.



Past events

ESG Group perspectives: sustainable development and investment

Date: Thursday 3rd March 2022
Time: 11.00 - 12.00 GMT (Open from 10.50)


An international perspective on ESG (Environmental Social Governance) risk

Date: Tuesday 15th February 2022
Time: 11.00 - 12.00 GMT (Open from 10.50)