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Creating value and managing impact through integrated sustainability disclosure

Date

02 Jun 2021 16:00

Address

  ONLINE
Belgium

Section

Sustainable Dev.

Event Description

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To combat climate change and work towards the objectives of the UN SDGs and of the Paris Agreement, it is vital to establish a global approach for integrated decision-making, resource-allocation, measurement and tracking that can steer the change that is needed. Against the backdrop of Covid-19 and the changing shape of markets and global value chains, the redefinition of risks and the resilience imperative, how can we – policy makers, standards setters, framework providers, business, accountancy profession, civil society-  all work together to create the required zero pollution transformation, while rebuilding our economies to support societies to thrive?

A way to do this is to foster sustainable finance, empower the investment community, consumers, and other stakeholders to evaluate the impact of companies, and to encourage businesses to develop a more responsible approach and conduct.

Driven by the renewed political focus on combatting climate change around the world, sustainability disclosure has gained relevance as a means to be accountable for the environmental and social impacts of organizations’ activities.  

There is now an urgent push for a new harmonization globally of reporting, as well as a call for a new regulatory approach, and we are witnessing a real tectonic shift, namely with the publication of the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, the IFRS Foundation’s proposals to set up an International Sustainability Standards Board, and the two joint papers issued by the IIRC, GRI, SASB, CDSB and CDP. The IIRC and SASB also announced a welcomed merger between their two organisations, giving further momentum towards harmonisation. 

But how can we make sure that disclosure requirements are not simply responding to short-term political imperatives, but are really capable of driving the changes in business behaviour that will benefit people and planet over the long-term?

As part of the EU Green Week 2021 focusing on Zero Pollution for healthier People and Planet, ACCA, IIRC and SASB are  delighted to invite you to a lively online event to raise awareness on new developments and share best practice examples of how integrated reporting with the <IR> Framework can complement meaningful disclosures in line SASB Standards.

 Draft agenda

4.00-4.15pm Welcome by Helen Brand, OBE, Chief Executive, ACCA & Charles Tilley, OBE, CEO, IIRC

4.15pm Keynote address Heidi Hautala, MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament

4.25pm Panel discussion moderated by Peter BakkerPresident and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

  • Alain Deckers, Head of unit corporate reporting and Audit unit, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Lee White, Executive Director, IFRS Foundation
  • Rients Abma, Executive Director, Eumedion

5.20pm Q&As

5.35pm Concluding remarks, Janine Guillot, CEO, SASB

5.45pm End