Standard setting on sustainability reporting: discussion between academics, practitioners and policy makers

Main points:

  • Discussion between professors, Chief Sustainability Officers, Standard setters and CEO of PRI;
  • Evidence informed discussion considering conceptual framing, materiality and standard setting governance;
  • Academic papers associated with the discussion FREE for a short period – links provided.

Here is the recording of the webinar on Standard setting in sustainability reporting held on 23rd May associated with a forthcoming special issue of the Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy Journal:

Speakers & timings: 

0.00       Professor Carol Adams, Professor of Accounting, Durham University Business School, Editor-in-Chief Sustainability Accounting Management and Policy Journal 

4.00       Professor Begoña Giner, Professor of Accounting and Finance, University of Valencia 

13.40     Shameela Soobramoney, Chief Sustainability Officer, JSE 

29.17     Mario Abela, Senior Professor of Practice, IESEG School of Management 

46.20     David Atkin, CEO of the Principles of Responsible Investment 

1.04.00                 Q & A 

1.21.00                 PLENARY 

  • Eelco van der Enden, Chief Executive Officer, Global Reporting Initiative 
  • Judy Kuszewski, Chair, Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) 
  • Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Limited 
  • Professor Jeff Hales, Chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) 
  • Professor Carol Adams 
  • Associate Professor Subhash Abayawansa, Swinburne University 

The papers discussed are available free for a short time:

A commentary on the “new” institutional actors in sustainability reporting standard-setting: a European perspective

“A new direction? The “mainstreaming” of sustainability reporting

Academics and policymakers at odds: the case of the IFRS Foundation Trustees’ consultation paper on sustainability reporting

The event was co-hosted by the Ethical Finance, Accountability and Governance research centre (Durham University), the Adam Smith Observatory of Corporate Reporting Practices (University of Glasgow), the Social and Environmental Sustainability in Organisations Research Group (Swinburne University of Technology). 

Chairs of first two sessions were: Professor Yannis Tsalavoutas, Professor of Accounting and Dr Mark Aleksanyan, Senior Lecturer in Accounting, Adams Smith Business School, University of Glasgow.

Details of future events will be posted on the journal’s LinkedIn page

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