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The Financial Review’s reputation for news-breaking, agenda-setting and authoritative analysis finds new expression in AFR Live, a series of premium, independent and hard-hitting business events.


An unprecedented suspension of the energy market is expected to be fully lifted as soon as Friday.

Shaping Australia’s energy and climate future

Decarbonising the economy and the energy transition opportunity.

Office subleasing activity in Sydney is expected to increase over the next few months.

Navigating Australia’s dynamic property markets

What rising interest rates mean for the commercial and residential property markets

Sally Patten, Liza MacDonald, Michael Robinson and Vas Kalesnikoff at the AFR ESG Summit on Wednesday.

ASX companies cooking the books on ESG-linked pay

Australian firms may lead the world on linking executive remuneration to environmental, social and governance goals, but many are including irrelevant or unclear metrics.

  • Aleks Vickovich


  • 26 July 2022
  • Canberra
Bill Shorten headshot supplied

Government Services Summit

In association with Deloitte

  • 30 August 2022
  • Sydney
Andreas Schleicher

Higher Education Summit

In association with Deloitte

  • 19 September 2022
  • Sydney
David Harrison

Property Summit

Presented by Cushman & Wakefield

  • 10 & 11 October 2022
  • Sydney
Anna Collyer headshot provided

Energy & Climate Summit

In association with Deloitte



Unilver boss Nicole Sparshott says the “burning platform” created by the energy crisis must be seized.

CEOs want energy crisis to accelerate transition

As AEMO was taking control of a major part of the national energy market, leaders at the ESG Summit were calling for an even faster energy transition.

  • James Thomson
Mike Cannon-Brookes at The Australian Financial Review ESG Summit on Wednesday.

ESG must find its purpose in funding energy transition

By blowing up the AGL demerger, Mike Cannon-Brookes has shown that instead of divestment to avoid exposure to fossil fuels, the ESG strategy should be to invest in supporting the energy transition.

  • The AFR View
IFM Investors says there is enormous demand from fund managers to be part of the energy transition.

ESG funds unfazed by bear market’s return

Green fund managers say their popular products will withstand the sharp slide in markets and claim demand for sustainable investing is an “unstoppable force”.

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  • Aleks Vickovich, Lucy Dean and Ayesha de Kretser
Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines: “We’re going to see greater [energy price] volatility and greater price increases across this decade.”

Energy crisis should spur real emissions cuts: Fortescue

Cut emissions or face the double price crunch of surging fossil fuel costs and the price of offsets, says Elizabeth Gaines.

  • Simon Evans and Elouise Fowler
Mike Cannon-Brookes.

For ESG, with great power comes great responsibility

The ESG movement has entrenched itself in the global capital markets. Now the real work begins for its proponents.

  • Jonathan Shapiro

BHP warns offsets may be the only option for fugitive coal emissions

BHP’s sustainability boss Fiona Wild says there is no easy way to fix the problem of ‘fugitive’ methane emissions from Australian coking coal mines.

  • Peter Ker
The ACCC’s Delia Rickard says the regulator will not only be scrutinising claims about products and services, but also claims about net zero strategies and targets.

ACCC says it’s ready to pursue greenwashers

The regulators all have greenwashing in their sights, but APRA and ASIC will wait for clearer definitions and standards before taking action.

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  • Ayesha de Kretser and James Eyers
Mike Cannon-Brookes at the ESG summit

More like a horror show than a transition plan

The fragility of Australia’s energy market was on dramatic show this week with regulators reversing decades of privatisation.

  • Jennifer Hewett
NSW Treasurer Matt Kean.

Kean wants a ‘race to the top’ for gender equality at work

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean wants to boost the number of women in all the ranks of the state’s biggest companies.

  • Samantha Hutchinson
NAB’s Connie Sokaris, left, and Jardens’ Catherine McCormack at the ESG Summit. “We’re having conversations with hundreds of our largest emitters every day,” said Sokaris.

Bankers want long-term policy to unlock transition funding

Bankers say the new government needs to act fast to secure the capital needed for Australia to shift the dial on energy transition.

  • Ayesha de Kretser and James Eyers
The electric car industry claims the Morrison government has failed to develop a ‘competent plan’ to drive EV uptake,

‘Disgrace’: Tesla’s dumping from ESG benchmark highlights ratings problem

The ability of an ESG-focused benchmark to dump Tesla but hold ExxonMobil raises questions about the tools, said a global sustainable investment leader.

  • Lucy Dean
Green power: Commonwealth Bank executive Sally Reid says Australian businesses have to embrace sustainable investment now to boost the economy in the future.

On demand video: ESG summit

The Australian Financial Review ESG Summit 2022 challenges Australia’s business leaders, financiers and investors.

The challenge of meeting emissions targets has been set, but the hard work is just starting.

Now the hard work begins on ESG: KPMG

The pace of change in ESG has been remarkable in the past five years, but two KPMG experts say the grind of fulfilling big commitments is just starting. 

  • James Thomson
Treasurer Matt Kean (left) argues that increasing scrutiny of companies handling of gender equality is about raising living standards.

Kean to publish corporate heroes and laggards list on gender equality

The NSW treasurer says the annual gender ranking will help highlight the state’s best employers in a “race to the top”.

  • Jacob Greber
Free apples for kids are part of Woolworth’s ESG sell

ESG, the acronym in search of a fashion makeover

It has become part of the corporate mainstream in the past few years. But most Australians do not really understand the term.

  • Jennifer Hewett
Anna Skarbek from ClimateWorks says net zero is now normalised.

Cost of inaction greater than cost of solving climate crisis

Climateworks Centre chief executive Anna Skarbek says net zero is the new normal and Australia will move quickly to catch up.

  • Ayesha de Kretser
Michael Traill, chairman of the social impact investing taskforce, says creating a local version of the UK’s Big Society Capital would “make a transformational difference in mobilising bigger pools of capital.”

Call for social impact investing ‘wholesaler’ to attract capital

Leaders in the social investing scene hope the new government will release and act upon recommendations in a taskforce report ignored by Scott Morrison.

  • James Eyers

The banker advising Grok Ventures on the great AGL power play

Jarden’s Catherine McCormack is slap bang in the middle of guiding Mike Cannon-Brookes’ outfit as it engages in a very public battle. Will she spill the beans?

  • Jemima Whyte
Universities and TAFE have united, saying both sectors need to thrive.

Higher education to cut through endemic challenges

From crisis to reinvention, and better outcomes for the tertiary sector


National Australia Bank chief executive Ross McEwan said he was “a wee bit surprised” by Dutton’s comments.

Skills shortage threatens economic recovery, government warned

The Albanese government must prioritise attracting skilled and unskilled workers to Australia or risk acute labour shortages further curtailing the economic recovery, banking leaders say.

  • James Eyers, Ronald Mizen and John Kehoe