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How Are Corporations Responding to Climate Change?

This year, people across the United States and Europe experienced record-setting heat, harsh drought conditions, and wildfires, while Pakistan endured devastating floods, Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico, and a super typhoon flooded Japan.

With these extreme weather events in mind, we approach COP 27, the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Businesses have acknowledged their role in combatting climate change, but how much progress have they made? And what will they prioritize for the near future?

Join us for a fascinating discussion on the corporate response to climate change with Swenja Surminski, Managing Director of Climate and Sustainability at Marsh McLennan Advantage, Amy Barnes, Head of Climate and Sustainability at Marsh, and Cara Williams, Global Head of ESG and Sustainability at Mercer.

The conversation will reflect on the progress made since COP 26, consider the role of investors, and explore the challenges companies are facing as they navigate the changing geopolitical landscape and energy markets.

Swenja Surminski

Managing Director, Climate and Sustainability at Marsh McLennan Advantage

Swenja Surminski is the managing director of Climate and Sustainability at Marsh McLennan Advantage. She was previously the Head of Adaptation Research at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (London School of Economics and Political Science), Chair of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, and a lead author of the United Kingdom Climate Change Committee’s Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk.

Amy Barnes

Head of Climate and Sustainability Strategy at Marsh

Amy Barnes is responsible for leading Marsh’s global strategy on the development of climate and sustainability-related initiatives for clients, particularly in relation to the impact of a changing physical risk landscape, improving access to capital for green initiatives, and a more thorough understanding of climate-related project risk. She also participates in Marsh McLennan’s Sustainability and Climate Change program, which focuses on developing sustainability and climate change services.

Cara Williams

Global Head of ESG and Sustainability at Mercer

Located in London, Cara develops and drives the strategy for Mercer’s work with financial intermediaries, wealth management firms and family offices globally. She ensures clients’ needs are appropriately met with a wide array of solutions from market insights, manager research, and asset allocation, to deal-sourcing and establishment of investment platforms and solutions. Cara presents regularly on global investment trends in wealth management as well as on Mercer’s When Women Thrive platform for Financial Services. She is also Global Wealth Leader for the Multinational Client Group (MCG). Cara works with Mercer’s multinational clients to deliver them with the best of Mercer’s Wealth solutions and thinking to assure positive financial outcomes for the firms and their employees.

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