Sustainability Summit: 2024

Iberian Lawyer held its Sustainability Summit event on 29th February at the Hotel Intercontinental in the city of Madrid. The event was attended by experts and with the participation of Five-E, Squire Patton Boggs and the support of ACC Europe and the Ilustre Colegio de la Abogacía.

Sustainability Summit

The event brought together thought leaders and professionals from diverse sectors to explore strategies and initiatives that drive environmental, financial and governance sustainability. The event featured leading voices advocating sustainable practices and highlighted practical ideas for fostering a more resilient future.

The event started with warm welcomes from Aldo Scaringella, CEO of LC Publishing Group, and Eugenio Ribón, Dean of the Ilustre Colegio de la Abogacía de Madrid (ICAM), setting an inspiring tone for the day’s discussions.

The first session, “Environment,” delved into strategic tools and measures for environmental sustainability. Esteemed speakers, including Clara Cerdán Molina, general counsel at Solarig Global Services; Maria de los Reyes Escrig Teigeiro, head of legal affairs, coordinator of regulatory compliance in the subsidiaries, member of boards of directors at Aena Desarrollo Internacional; Julia A. García Navarro, head of legal, risk and insurance and secretary of the board of directors at Transfesa Logistics; John Rigau, vice president, general counsel at PepsiCo West Europe; Nuria Villarin, EAA Executive Legal Manager at Alpargatas Europe (Havaianas) and José María Viñals, socio de International Trade & Sanctions at Squire Patton Boggs. Moderated by Mercedes Galan, journalist at Iberian Lawyer, this session fostered insightful discussions on navigating environmental challenges and fostering sustainable practices within their respective industries.

Following a brief intermission, the focus shifted to “Finance” where speakers explored sustainable finance developments and opportunities. Notable industry leaders such as: Iñigo Asensio, founder & ceo, Five-E; Álvaro Lamo de Espinosa, managing director and director of ESG, Banca de Inversión, Arcano Partners; Ross Robinson, director, sustainable finance corporate and investment banking, Banco Sabadell; José María Capapé Aguilar, Managing Director, Co Head Corporate Coverage Iberia, Natixis; José Ramón Vizmanos, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking Spain, BBVA. Moderated by Julia Gil, journalist at Iberian Lawyer and FinancecommunityES, this session engaged in discussions on the evolving landscape of sustainable finance, emphasizing the crucial role of financial institutions in driving positive change.

The event culminated in a session on “Governance” examining the paradigm shift towards sustainable governance practices. Distinguished panelists, including: Inés De La Barreda, director of corporate governance, compliance and risk control and secretary of the board of directors, Redeia Infraestructuras de Telecomunicación; Rafael Fauquié Bernal, director corporate legal counsel and compliance, Endesa; Antonio Gómez Jarillo, general counsel, EMEAL BofD Secretary, NTT DATA; Carlos Menor, legal director & compliance officer, Grupo Renault Iberia; Gabriel Vila, head of the legal department, Indra. Moderated by Julia Gil, this session shared insights into implementing sustainable governance frameworks and fostering ethical corporate behavior.

During the summit, the speakers shared insights, underscoring the collaborative spirit driving sustainable initiatives across sectors. As the event drew to a close, participants reflected on the key takeaways and actionable strategies discussed throughout the day, reaffirming their commitment to advancing sustainability agendas within their organizations and communities. The Summit Sustainability Spain 2024 concluded with a networking luncheon, providing attendees with further opportunities to exchange ideas and forge meaningful connections in the pursuit of a more sustainable future.

Julia Gil