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 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 organizations, giving further momentum towards harmonization.
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.
Confirmed speakers include: