Company Pulse

Company Pulse

Oct 2
CEDA’s forthcoming Company Pulse examines how business is responding to the decline in community trust and what organisations can do to deliver on both commercial and community expectations.


Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA
Kate Towey, Partner, Allens
Vesna Poljak, Reporter, Australian Financial Review

Event overview

The decline of community trust in business has been much discussed. Rebuilding trust will be difficult without understanding the expectations that underpin trust, and how and where those expectations intersect with strategic business priorities.

CEDA’s inaugural Company Pulse is a nationwide survey of the general public and business leaders. This work seeks to better understand community expectations of business; and the challenges facing business leaders as they seek to sustain business performance and respond to changing community expectations.

Join CEDA members and guests for this CEDA research briefing which will profile:

  • Priorities for large companies and the relative importance of company, economic, social and environmental performance;
  • The evolution of social licence to operate and corporate leadership on economic, environmental and social issues; and
  • Expectations around honest and ethical corporate behaviour and business responsibilities and obligations to employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, local communities and governments.

Event presentations

Melinda Cilento, CEDA MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Melinda Cilento
Chief Executive, CEDA

Melinda is a company director, economist and experienced senior executive. She is a non-executive director of Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of expert advisors.

Melinda was previously a Non-Executive Director with Woodside Petroleum, Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund.

Meet the panel

Kate Towey
Partner, Allens

Kate is a partner in our Sydney M&A team and Head of Allens Real Estate Sector. She has been involved in a wide range of public and private M&A transactions with a diverse client base in industries including the REIT sector, infrastructure, financial services, retail, media and technology. She also regularly advises the firm's clients on general corporate advisory and listed corporate governance and is Co-head of Allens Head Office and Governance Practice.

Meet the chair

Vesna Poljak
Reporter, Australian Financial Review

Vesna Poljak is The Australian Financial Review's Markets Editor. She writes about markets, investing and the economy from Sydney.

Additional participants to be confirmed.


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