Financial Services 

Unlocking the Power of the 'S' in ESG: Measuring and Reporting Workforce Impact



McKinsey & Co. study revealed that top-quartile companies for racial and ethnic inclusion outperformed those in the fourth quartile by 36% in profitability.

Join us for an insightful virtual roundtable where we delve into the crucial aspect of the 'S' or Social component in ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), specifically focusing on the workforce in the financial services sector.

In today's socially conscious world, companies are increasingly expected to prioritize their employees' wellbeing, diversity, inclusion, and fair treatment. The growing focus on the 'social' aspect is in part a result of EU regulations such as the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), as well as the impact on investors, employees, and consumers.

The expert panel will discuss the key challenges companies face in the financial services sector concerning reporting on the nuanced components of the elusive 'S' and provide tips and advice to facilitate a positive impact on your workplace culture and your overall ESG performance.

Key Topics for Discussion:

  • Why the 'S' in ESG is crucial for workforce management.
  • How your company can overcome legal concerns and trust issues from staff around gathering protected characteristic data.
  • Tips on how to get staff to buy into your social and cultural initiatives and increase participation levels from employees.
  • Tell the culture and wellbeing story from an intersectional lens.
  • Hear how your business can measure and show evidence of your company's social progress.
  • How good ESG practices mitigate risk and drive value for your key stakeholders.

Register for virtual roundtable

Date: Wednesday 6th September 2023

Time: 11:00am - 11:50 am


Laura Trimble HS-fotor-20230703153516

Laura Trimble

CEO and Head of Wholesale Banking at HSBC

Laura is responsible for all of HSBC’s operations in Ireland, which encompass a corporate banking business that supports Irish corporates with their local and international operations, as well as a subsidiary banking business that provides transactional banking services such as trade finance and cash management solutions to global multinationals with operations in Ireland. Laura has played a leading role in driving HSBC’s activities to provide an inclusive environment for all colleagues. She co-founded HSBC’s “Inclusive Europe” employee resource group in 2021, which leads activities to promote cultural diversity and to ensure colleagues supporting inclusivity are recognised and rewarded.


Sandra Healy

CEO & Founder                                      inclusio

Sandra is an Organisational Psychologist and a leading D&I expert, with over 20 years in global telecoms working across the UK and Ireland, and five years in Higher Education. Sandra has championed and driven Diversity and Inclusion practices in Irish Industry and is considered one of the country's leading experts. Sandra provided critical diversity expertise and sectoral knowledge for the establishment of the EU Diversity Charter Ireland in 2014.Sandra was a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality in Ireland (2020).


Sinead Donovan

Chairperson                                          Grant Thornton

Sinead joined Grant Thornton in 2002 and was admitted to the partnership in 2005, becoming the first female partner. She specialises in providing services to multinational companies and is partner in an international team which services the global needs of these mature and large companies.  Sinead is a strong believer in the importance of Inclusion; Diversity and Equity to ensure a motivated, effective and thriving workplace. She is an advocate for mental wellbeing initiatives and a former chairperson of CA SUPPORT, which is tasked with supporting all Chartered members and students in Ireland. Sinead is the current president of President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.