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    Find out more here: Environment, Social and Governance - Reporting and Disclosure | Climate Disclosure Standards Board (cdsb.net) Producing a Sustainability Report that Responds to Investor Needs Date: 26-27 May 2021 Time: 10am EDT / 3pm BST / 4pm CET Register: online CDSB speaker: Michael Zimonyi, Policy and External Affairs Director More and more companies around the world are rapidly adopting and implementing a broad range of sustainability practices as a response to emerging challenges and stakeholder expectations across the environment, social and govern
  2. Find out more here: CDSB roundtable on UK mandatory climate-related financial disclosures | Climate Disclosure Standards Board Monday, 19 April 2021 - 10:00am BST Join CDSB to discuss the UK's consultation on Mandatory climate-related financial disclosures by publicly quoted companies, large private companies and LLPs. Date: 19 April 2021 Time: 10:00am BST Register: Online The draft requirements issued by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) cover: All UK companies that are currently required to produce a non-financia
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    Find out more here: Conversation Between Investors and Policymakers: How to Scale up Green Investment as Part of the Economic Recovery | Events | PRI (unpri.org) Date: Tuesday, 20 April 2021 Time: 13:00 - 14:30 BST | 14:00 - 15:30 CEST Platform: Zoom We invite PRI, CDP, IIGCC members to attend an online event on Tuesday 20th April that will provide a conversation between investors and policymakers on how to scale up green investment as part of the economic recovery. This event is organised by PRI, IIGCC and CDP, collaborating as part of The Investor Agenda. The event will fea
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    Find out more here: EU SFDR Regulation: Implications, Implementation and Next Steps | Events | PRI (unpri.org) Date: Thursday, 15 April 2021 Time: 13:00 - 14:00 BST Platform: BrightTALK Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) Level I requirements have now come into effect, but there is still a long way to go for full implementation and disclosure. As investors start embarking on this journey and get more familiar with the interpretation of the regulation as well as product disclosure depending on their categorisation, peer discussions are needed to make implementation and
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    Find out more here: Biodiversity and Infrastructure Investing: Managing Risk and Enhancing Value | Events | PRI (unpri.org) Date: Monday, 19 April 2021 Time: 15:00 - 16:00 BST Platform: BrightTALK Expectations on the finance sector’s role in safeguarding biodiversity and natural capital continue to grow but this complex topic can sometimes be challenging to navigate in a diligence and asset management context. Aimed at infrastructure Private Equity ESG practitioners, join our webinar for some practical biodiversity insights including: an overview of the mitigation
  6. The IFRS Foundation have announced today that they will form a working group to accelerate convergence in global sustainability reporting standards focused on enterprise value. The first meeting of the working group is expected to take place in April 2021. The working group will be chaired by the IFRS Foundation and include participation by: · International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) · Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) · The Value Reporting Foundation (representing a soon to be merged IIRC and SASB) · Climate Disc
  7. Over in the calendar section you can find a selection of upcoming events from around the web. On Monday the TCDF are hosting a seminar on Water-related financial reporting which examines CDSB's application guidance for water-related financial disclosure. In addition to exploring the practicalities of water-related financial disclosure with case studies the TCFD are promising a prize to the winner of their quiz! Also on Monday a particularly relevant session (for those of us following latest development in the US) from the PRI - Responsible Investment Under President Biden: What Inves
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    Find out more here: Tracking GHG emissions across investment portfolios - a new frontier (greenstoneplus.com) Greenstone is holding the webinar ‘Tracking GHG emissions across investment portfolios - a new frontier’ on Thursday 25 March at 4pm GMT. This webinar, presented by Greenstone’s Head of InvestorPortal Toby Robertson, will discuss how collecting and managing GHG emissions data from portfolio companies is becoming increasingly important and provide advice on where to start. Reducing the climate change exposure of an investment portfolio has become critical to managing investmen
  9. In an earlier post Hurdles to overcome on path to an IFRS Sustainability Board we noted that: “Six months ago, no US financial regulator would risk the wrath of Trump by talking about climate change. Today, the Biden administration is determined to provide global leadership in climate policy. What does that mean for sustainability reporting? Will the US get behind an international, multilateral solution... or will it see sustainability reporting as something that the US needs to have direct control over?” And boy, what a busy few weeks it has been for the SEC and Climate Change. Th
  10. Over in the calendar section you can find a selection of upcoming events from around the web. This coming week everything is happening on Wednesday! Responsible investor are hosting a webinar titled "ESG Investor Insights series - A Teach-in with investors: Investor Engagement". The session will address the questions: What does investor engagement shareholder activism and stewardship actually mean? What is the business case for doing so, and what outcomes are investors really seeking? How should companies respond? We also have the PRI who peering into their crystal ball to addre
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    Find out more here: Responsible Investment Under President Biden: What Investors Need to Know | Events | PRI (unpri.org) Join the PRI US Policy team for an update on the first two months of the Biden administration, with an overview of the administration’s priorities and actions, policy developments at financial regulators and Congress, and what to expect on the horizon. Speakers include: Colleen Orr, Senior Policy Analyst, PRI Gregory Hershman, US Policy, Senior Specialist, PRI
  12. On Monday the IFRS Trustees announced the strategic direction of an International Sustainability Standards Board. As we discussed the four key principles they announced were: Investor focus Climate focus Build on existing frameworks Building blocks approach The announcement has been widely reported and today we thought we would briefly look at some key responses. We can start with a tweet from Mark Carney, former Governor of the Bank of England and now United Nations special envoy for climate action and finance: "I welcome @IFRSFoundation's announceme
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    Find out more here: Webinar – Climate change and governance teams: The latest trends | Corporate Secretary Far from dropping down the pecking order of ESG topics amid the pandemic, the climate crisis is taking on ever-greater prominence for investors and regulators. This is fueled in part by a new US administration and a growing sense of urgency in both the corporate and investing communities. Governance teams need to respond with effective engagement, disclosure and compliance efforts. Our panel of experts will examine the latest developments and provide practical insights on best p
  14. The IFRS Trustees have announced the strategic direction of an International Sustainability Standards Board. Investor focus for enterprise value: the new board would focus on information that is material to the decisions of investors, lenders and other creditors. Climate focus initially: due to the urgent need for better information about climate-related matters, the new board would initially focus its efforts on climate-related reporting, while also working towards meeting the information needs of investors on other ESG (environmental, social and governance) matters. Build
  15. Over in the calendar section you can find a selection of upcoming events from around the web. This coming week everything is happening on Thursday! The PRI have two events, "Corporate Governance in China: What Investors Need to Know" and "Setting the Ambition: What Does Net Zero Mean for Investors?". For us the second of these will be particularly interesting as more companies look towards net zero they will need to think about how this impacts on their financial statements. The other event is the second in a series "How to account for climate in financial reporting" which will
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    Find out more here: The Inevitable Policy Response 2021: Forecast Policies | Events | PRI (unpri.org) This webinar will provide an update on The Inevitable Policy Response, a pioneering project commissioned by the PRI. The event will include an overview of The Inevitable Policy Response followed by a deeper examination of the forecast policies and implications for investors. This event is relevant to all PRI signatories, including implementation of TCFD and climate risk assessment, as well as steps towards net zero. Speakers will include specialists on The Inevitable Policy Response inclu
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    Find out more here: COP26: Investor Action on Climate - Webinar 4: Setting the Ambition: What Does Net Zero Mean for Investors? | Events | PRI (unpri.org) With the success of the 2020 series, The PRI and London Stock Exchange Group will be hosting three virtual events throughout 2021 leading up to COP26, which will take place 1-12 November in Glasgow, Scotland. The ‘COP26: Investor Action on Climate’ series aims to build further momentum toward taking action on climate change by the investment industry ahead of the COP26 Climate Summit. The world faces numerous societal and economic ch
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    Find out more here: Corporate Governance in China: What Investors Need to Know | Events | PRI (unpri.org) The PRI and the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) are excited to partner in organising a three-part series of webinars on Corporate Governance in Asia, with each focusing on a specific country or region including China, Southeast Asia and India. This webinar will focus on investor expectations, current practice, and outlook for corporate governance in China in 2021. A panel of experts will share their views on levels of trust and corporate transparency, highlight area
  19. Find out more here: Structured Reporting Using XBRL - SASB SASB plans to fully support XBRL to make digital reporting easy for issuers and data aggregation & analytics easy for investors. SASB has been proactive in developing an XBRL version of our taxonomy. In 2020, SASB announced our engagement with PwC to support in the development of a SASB XBRL taxonomy. As a result of this engagement, the initial draft version of the SASB XBRL taxonomy is now complete. SASB has submitted the draft taxonomy to the XBRL US Domain Steering Committee for formal review and approval. The review i
  20. Find out more here: Water-related financial reporting, a tournament with high stakes | Climate Disclosure Standards Board (cdsb.net) Water-related financial reporting, a tournament with high stakes Monday, 22 March 2021 - 4:00pm CET Join CDSB's tournament to understand what you need to do to report on water-related financial matters. Date: 22 March, 2021 Time: 16:00 CET // 15:00 GMT // 11:00 EDT // 08:00 PDT Register: online CDSB's application guidance for water-related financial disclosure helps companies to dis
  21. Professor Robert Eccles from Oxford University has written an interesting piece for Forbes suggesting that “The U.S. Struggle Over Climate-Change Disclosure Is Coming To A (Hopefully Successful) Head”. In the article he observes that while the previous US administration was not as supportive of Climate Change initiatives, the Biden administration is giving them high priority. He looks at the recent discussions of the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets of the House Financial Services Committee when discussing the “Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2021”.
  22. Over in the calendar section you can find a selection of upcoming events from around the web. Bit of a quieter week ahead of us (unless we missed something significant, and if so please let us know). However that doesn't mean it isn't an important week. The IFRS Trustees are meeting from the 2nd to the 3th, and they will be continuing their analysis of the responses received to their Consultation Paper on Sustainability Reporting. Though the session will not be public it will be interesting to see what they have to say afterwards. If you are aware of any other key events we are
  23. IOSCO, the international organisation of securities regulators, has thrown its considerable weight behind plans for the IFRS Foundation to establish a new board to develop sustainability reporting standards, alongside the IASB (which is responsible for developing IFRS). The IOSCO Board met on 24 Feb, and following that meeting issued a press statement that; Committed to work with the IFRS Foundation Trustees in developing a new board that develops standards that are capable of market acceptance Encouraged the new board to build upon existing sustainability-related developmen
  24. In an article titled "The Top 6 Barriers to Better ESG Data (and What To Do About Them)" Tim Mohin, chief sustainability officer for Persefoni AI and former chief executive of the Global Reporting Initiative, outlines the key problems he sees at present. The six issues he identifies are: Sustainability is not just an investment Immaturity of accounting Inconsistent standards and lack of assurance Lack of regulation – for now Lack of comparability Lack of technology In the article he notes that many of these problems are being solved. Calling out the
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    Find out more here: Master of Accounting webinar – Sustainability Reporting - Events - News & Insight - CJBS (cam.ac.uk) In this webinar, Dr Michael Willis will discuss sustainability reporting and the political, social and strategic issues that shape the quality and interpretation of those disclosures. Dr Willis will also give an overview of the Cambridge Master of Accounting programme, and answer questions from participants. Dr Michael Willis is Director of the Master of Accounting programme at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School and Senior Faculty in Management P
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