The first day of the event will focus on cross-cutting topics relevant for business in different sectors and industries across the region. This year there will be emphasis on managing crisis resulting from environmental, social or corporate governance issues that threaten the financial performances of business. A second thematic area of focus will be on development impact measurement that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. One session will also be centered around the question of how do Environmental, Social and Governance Risks relate to Credit Risk.

During the evening, a Welcome Cocktail will be offered to the attendees.
During the second day, the layout of the event shifts into thematic breakout sessions. Attendance to the different sessions is free, and attendees may attend the ones they want.

The following workshops will be offered: Environmental and Social Management for Financial Institutions, Sustainable Infrastructure, Impact Investing and Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Tourism and Climate-Smart Agriculture.

The Environmental and Social Management for the Financial Sector (full day): This workshop will analyze the theory and practice to sustainable finance, exploring both dimensions of risk and opportunity. IDB Invest professionals along with other leading banking institutions will present international best practices for implementing management systems and overcoming common hurdles. Panels will also explore innovative concepts in sustainable finance from nationally defined voluntary approaching to practical approaches in banking ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ investments. The workshop spans both morning and afternoon, targeting novice practitioners early on their sustainability journey to seasoned experts exploring new market opportunities.

Sustainable Infrastructure (full day): The infrastructure deficit in LATAM is significant and the role of the private sector is paramount in bridging the gaps. Additional challenges have been brought by climate change issues that need to be considered while filling this gap. Strong Environmental, Social and Governance analyses are required in the implementation of critical infrastructure for the region. This workshop will assess the specific topics for the construction of resilient roads, the development of sustainable social infrastructure and the solutions to mitigate water stress. It will review how IDB Invest works with private companies to develop and implement efficient and resilient infrastructure projects that have a sustainable performance while leveraging significant development impact for communities and countries.

SDG Impact Investing Session (morning): This workshop will explore the increasing demand from institutional investors to achieve sustainable development impact alongside financial returns in investment decision-making. Panelists will demonstrate evidence of methodologies applied, premiums attained, and financing secured in illustrating innovation in impact investing as they enhance the agenda to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainable Tourism (afternoon): Tourism plays a pivotal role in the economic foundation of Latin America and the Caribbean. The sector has a formidable capacity to promote economic growth, generate inclusive local development, and engage in sustainable environmental and social practices. Disruptive technologies, innovative concepts, and evolving demographic trends are forcing the tourism sector to rapidly adapt to remain competitive. This workshop will explore key industry trends and discuss their outlook and impact on building sustainable tourism businesses.

Climate Smart Agriculture (morning): Join IDB Invest staff, agribusiness leaders and scientists for a session about bridging the gap between Smart-agriculture Strategy design and delivery. The workshop will discuss how effective adaptive action across the multiple dimensions of the agricultural systems in Latin America and Caribbean offers potential to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the private sector and minimize the costs associated with climate change.

On Wednesday morning the discussions will focus on horizontal themes such as climate, gender and other topics relevant across sectors and industries.

In the afternoon, a field trip to a project is being organized, and there will also be space available for participants to hold private meetings and to network.
The Corporate Governance Conference starts on Thursday and lasts for two days.

Increased public scrutiny has highlighted the importance for corporate governance both globally and especially in emerging markets. Digital disruption, new business models and the speed of innovation further encourage business leaders to be prepared.

Companies that implement good corporate governance practices are in better position to respond to changes and demands because of better decision-making processes and controls. Corporate governance practices translate the culture behind which decisions are taken in a company. It is about decision-making with accountability, transparency, responsibility and equitable treatment.

The plenary sessions will cover subjects such as efficient boards, board composition, structure and practices, oversight of internal controls, risk management and compliance, as well as family business governance. Additional topics include generation transition and succession planning.

During the evening, attendees are invited to a welcome cocktail.
The second day of the Corporate Governance Conference will continue focusing on practical training and hands-on exercises and examples of companies and their history.