Sustainability Reporting Webinar Series

The corporate sustainability reporting landscape is undergoing a rapid shift from largely voluntary reporting systems to mandatory disclosure regulations. Here businesses are preparing for the UK Sustainability Disclosure Standards to be finalised in 2024, with many already being scoped into the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).

UN Global Compact Network UK is hosting a five-part webinar series to unpack the current sustainability reporting landscape for UK companies and provide practical guidance on how businesses should prepare.

Aimed at sustainability and finance professionals leading non-financial disclosures, our Sustainability Reporting Webinar Series will explore case studies and best practice to reflect different sectors and stages of the reporting journey and identify concrete actions companies can take to plan, execute, and communicate their sustainability reports. Guest speakers will include representatives from leading companies implementing these changes in their disclosures, and experts shaping the landscape of sustainability reporting. Register below.

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Towards a ‘global baseline’ for sustainability disclosures: breaking down new regulation and interoperability for companies
Wed June 5th, 10:30-12:00 BST

The first webinar in the series will provide an overview of legislative and regulatory developments across the globe in recent years, then focus on the UK and EU picture. Expert speakers will discuss how relevant regulatory frameworks including ESRS, TNFD CSRD, and upcoming UK SDS will impact businesses, and companies already scoped into CSRD for 2024 will share learnings thus far. We will also discuss interoperability between existing and new standards, and how companies can maximise efficiency if they are scoped into more than one mandatory framework.

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Richard Howitt
Former CEO
International Sustainability Standards Board

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Hilary Eastman
ESG Reporting Partner
KPMG 

Materiality and Double Materiality: risks and opportunities
Wed June 12th, 10:30-12:00 BST

A common challenge for companies when complying with new reporting frameworks is deciding on a materiality approach and quantifying this. This webinar will compare the global ISSB standards single materiality framework with the European ESFS double materiality framework and discuss how the double materiality assessment can help companies define a forward-looking sustainability strategy.  Experts and advanced companies will share practical advice on how companies of various sizes and sectors can approach their materiality assessment, gap analysis and maturity map.

Building an effective internal approach to data and governance 
Wed June 19th, 10:30-12:00 BST

To ensure compliance with emerging reporting regulation and to plan for future needs, companies must have strong internal organisation in place. This webinar will provide practical insights on how organisations can ensure readiness for the rapidly evolving reporting landscape. Drawing on case studies, we will dive into the specifics of how companies of various sizes and sectors are preparing processes and governance routes, from building an implementation roadmap and gathering data from complex supply chains, to upskilling finance and sustainability functions.

Telling a compelling story: how to shape your own narrative and communicate with different stakeholders 
Wed June 26th, 10:30-12:00 BST

With so many legislative changes around sustainability reporting and disclosure to keep pace, companies can easily get lost in data and lose sight of the bigger picture. It is crucial that sustainability reporting is decision-useful internally, and responsive to increasing stakeholder demands for to companies demonstrate tangible sustainability efforts.  Businesses need to understand what metrics matter to key stakeholder groups and communicate their sustainable impacts while avoiding greenwashing claims. In this webinar, we will hear from experts and world-leading companies how to develop engaging reporting that is both compliant and effectively demonstrates business value.

Driving decisions and long-term value through sustainability reporting
Wed 3rd July, 10:30-12:00 BST

Investors and large, multi-national companies are increasingly seeking high quality sustainability information to ensure their partners and investments align with their goals. In the final webinar of the series, we will explore how sustainability reporting can be a tool to inform strategy and investment, and ultimately drive value for internal and external shareholders. Experts, investors, and business leaders will discuss how sustainability data is key to future business decision-making and value creation with sustainability at its core.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Billie Armstrong, Project Manager – Sustainable Finance and Reporting