​Sessions 19 May



Hide/Show07:30-08:30 - Forget the ‘S’-word

Compliance, cost savings, new growth opportunities – some of the many ways to position the need for ‘sustainable’ business, but how effective is this approach to creating the long term change required to meet future challenges? Organizations are taking new approaches to engage leadership moving from a ‘sustainability’ conversation often on the fringe of the business agenda, to a transition where the ‘S’ word is implicit in business strategy. Much of this focuses on taking a futurist perspective which outlines the fundamental operational challenges that businesses face, highlighting the need to adapt. Hear from those leading on these different perspectives and the mega trends that are already having an impact.


Marjolein Baghuis, Catalyst for positive change, Change in Context

Ken Pucker, Advisory Director, Berkshire Partners: Lecturer, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Matthew Swibel, Director of Sustainability, Lockheed Martin CO

Jonathan Wise, Director, The Comms lab

Track Innovation and Collaboration

Hide/Show07:30-08:30 - Gender Equality and Sustainability Reporting

At a time when the global community is defining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, the international consensus on the need to achieve gender equality seems stronger than ever before. Women’s access to decent employment can lift whole households out of poverty. In the long term, societies and economies can only thrive if they make full use of women’s skills and capacities.

Under greater scrutiny than ever before, organizations are increasingly being encouraged by their stakeholders to measure, account for and take responsibility for their economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, including gender. Hear from organizations that measure and publicly report on their progr ess towards gender equality. This session will explore how reporting organizations, can be better equipped to identify and replicate positive impacts that promote gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community.


Ana Teresa Fernandes, Senior Policy Advisor, IKEA Group

Katherine Fritz, Senior Research Advisor, ICRW

Cecile Oger, Associate Director, BSR

Track Facing the Challenge

Hide/Show07:30-08:30 - Private Breakfast Session Stock Exchanges

This working meeting will enable key capital market players – exchanges, regulators and investors – to have a dialogue about the importance of corporate transparency in building trust, market resilience and enabling sustainable decisions. The moderated meeting will provide an opportunity to bring together various perspectives, give strategic updates and explore future projects and collaboration opportunities. The main outcomes and recommendations will be fed into the main program of conference.

Exclusive Session - By invite only

Hide/Show09:00-10:30 - Innovation for Sustainable Development: The role of private sector collaboration

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has ushered in a new era of global development objectives to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change. How can the private sector be an active contributor to this agenda, inspire innovation to address some of the world’s most challenging issues and support the sustainable development of emerging markets? This session will highlight the huge potential of private sector innovation and collaboration, and explore the role of government in supporting these breakthroughs to create a more sustainable economy and world.


Ernesto Ciorra, Head of Innovation and Sustainability, Enel

Elisabeth Dahlin, CEO, Save the Children

Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive, GRI

Linda Kromjong, Secretery General, IOE

Dante Pesce, Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Eric Roston, Sustainability Editor, Bloomberg

Desmond Swayne, Minister of State for International Development, UK

Plenary session 2

Hide/Show11:00-12:30 - Business Contribution to the SDGs ‘making it happen’

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has ushered in a new era of global development objectives. How can business be an active participant and supporter of this new initiative? How can it demonstrate and monitor its contributions? The SDG COMPASS has been developed by GRI, UNGC, and WBCSD as a tool for business to report on their achievements towards the SDGs. This panel will discuss how business is using COMPASS, and how we can collectively scale-up.


Pietro Bertazzi, Deputy Manager Director - Policy and Global Affairs, GRI

Raji Hatter, Chief Sustainability and Compliance Officer, Aramex

Rodney Irwin, Director Financial Capital, WBCSD

Ole Lund Hansen, Chief Leadership Programs, UNGC

Jan-Willem Vosmeer CSR Manager, Heineken

Track Enabling smart policy

Hide/Show11:00-12:30 - Global Sustainability Standards Board – Transition towards the Sustainability Reporting Standards

The Global Sustainability Standards Board has commenced its activities in 2015. The key priority of the new governance body, that has been delegated the authority by the GRI Board of Directors to develop and approve the Sustainability Reporting Standards, is the transition from the G4 Guidelines to the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. This session will explain the new governance structure, the role of the GSSB and give a preview of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.


Bastian Buck, Director of Standards, GRI

Simeon Cheng, Senior Manager, CLP Holdings Limited Hong Kong

Eric J. Hespenheide, Chair of the Global Sustainability Standards Board 

Kirsten Margrethe Hovie, Vice-President and Head of Extra-Financial Reporting, Norsk Hydro ASA

Dwight Justice, Policy Advisor, ITUC

Judy Kuszewski, Independent Corporate Responsibilty Advisor

Sulema M de Budin Pioli, Techincal Director, ERM Brazil

David Russell, Partner UetlibergPartners GmbH

Track Reporting Standards

Hide/Show11:00-12:30 - Corporate Human Rights Reporting: Linking policy and practice

This session seeks to spark a dialogue among key actors who have a role to play in the implementation of the UNGP, in particular on the important role of reporting not only as a principle of the UNGP, but also as a key element to address both positive and negative human rights impacts in the business context. Participants mainly representing businesses, governments and international organizations will be placed in the realistic setting of coexistence with one another, where each have a part to play to ensure that the private sector can be held accountable for the human rights impacts of their activities and operations.


Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Center

Eva Grambye, Deputy Executive Director, The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Ingrid Koch, Senior Consultant, Vinuclar Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

Thomas Mosberg-Stangeby, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway

Dante Pesce, Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Yann Wyss, Human Rights Manager, Nestle

Track Facing the Challenges

Hide/Show11:00-12:30 - The Role of Sustainability Information for Integrated Thinking and Reporting

The session will introduce GRI's work on the future of sustainability reporting, specifically on integrated reporting by debating with key players on the critical role of sustainability information for the purpose of integrated reporting and by showcasing the Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting.


Heloisa Bedicks, Managing Director, IBGC

Jonathon Hanks, Managing Director, Incite 

Michael Nugent, Technical Director - Framework Development, IIRC

Arne Klug, European HeadSenior Associate, ESG Research, MSCI ESG Research team

Michel Washer, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Solvay

Track Innovation & Collaboration

Hide/Show11:00-12:30 - Aligning Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Official Statistics

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will represent a global challenge that will require unprecedented cooperation between governments, companies and other stakeholders in society. For an effective and efficient post-2015 process there is a need for alignment of the accountability frameworks at the company and national level. This session will discuss how relevant is it to strengthen the alignment of measurement systems through the identification and creation of linkages at the corporate, national and global levels, in order to ensure the effective adoption of the SDGs.


Enrico Giovannini, Professor of Economic Statistics, University of Rome

Oliver Greenfield, Convenor, Green Ecomony Coalition

Ivo Havinga, Assistant Director, UNSD

Rutger Hoekstra, Senior Researcher, CBS

Tatiana Krylova, Head, Enterprise Branch, Division on Investment and Entreprise, UNCTAD

Romero S. Recide, Deputy National Statistician, Phillippines Statistical Authority

Allen L. White, Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus

Track Moving Beyond Reports

Hide/Show13:00-14:00 - Crossing Borders: Sustainability data to strengthen the ASEAN economic community

Session Supporter: Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

What role can data play to unite a diverse ASEAN region, and help accelerate economic growth? Panelists will discuss how reporting is helping to form the economic fabric of the region. Hear from a stock exchange, a small enterprise, a thought leader and a multinational on how reporting is helping to accelerate investment, reduce risk and form a common language for sustainability in the region.   


Tony Abaya, Chairman, SEED Institute

Erin Lyon, Executive Director, CSR Asia

Janet Neo, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific

Ai Nguyen, Senior Operations Manager, Jia Hsin

Dian Elvira Rosa, National Program Officer, SECO

Regional Session


Hide/Show13:00-14:00 - Reporting through Corporate Expansion Lenses: Hispanic America

Session Supporter: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Colombia

As Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows to and from Hispanic America increase, companies are faced with the challenges of defining materiality, engaging with local stakeholders, defining impacts and boundaries and interpreting the local context with limited resources. Many companies struggle to maximize the benefits of the sustainability reporting process as a result.

Most Hispanic American multinationals operating in the region issue one corporate sustainability report with one materiality assessment. This session will explore to what extent a single materiality assessment serves the purpose of truly understanding boundaries and impacts of material aspects and whether this can is adequate to inform strategic decision making.


Juan Carlos Corvalan, Legal Affairs and Sustainability Manager, Sodimac Homecenter

Andrea Pradilla, Director, GRI Hispanic America

Maria-Alejandra Perez-Gonzales, Professor of Management, Universidad EFAIT

Regional Session

Hide/Show13:00-14:00 - Shared Value Measurement and Disclosure Communicating Shared Value in the African Context

Session Supporter: Discovery

Africa has emerged as a rewarding destination for investment. Despite the opportunity there remain significant social, economic and environmental challenges that present risks, both to investment and to the longer-term well-being of the continent and its people.

The concept of creating shared value is moving up the business agenda and Africa is giving rise to exciting examples of shared value across many sectors. Hear from leading companies who are experiencing significant returns by scaling up innovation to address developmental challenges and empowering traditionally vulnerable groups. The session will also explore the scope for further improvement in both performance and disclosure, through greater corporate accountability and transparency and what the concept of creating shared value means in practice.


Sven Lunsche, Vice President Corporate Affairs, Goldfields

Charmane Russell, Managing Director, Russell

Kirsten Sims, Good business journey analyst, Woolworths Group Marketing

Penny Tlhabi, Head of People and Sustainability, Discovery

Regional Session

Hide/Show13:00-14:00 - The Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 – Governments take the lead on corporate reporting

The Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 (GoF) is a government-led initiative that was formed by Brazil, Denmark, France and South Africa. Pioneers in the promotion of corporate sustainability reporting through policy and regulation, these countries came together in June 2012 during the UNCSD/Rio +20 in order to advance the recommendations put forward under Paragraph 47 of the Outcome Document. Since then, the Governments of Austria, Chile, Colombia, Norway and Switzerland have joined the Group.

This session will bring the members of the GoF together in a discussion about the purpose and role of the group, as well as a high level overview of the projects that the group has been leading in order to advance the promotion of corporate sustainability reporting. The session will also enable a platform to share best practice models for policy and guidance and key changes happening in each country regarding sustainability reporting policy.


Helena Barton, Partner, Deloitte Denmark

Robin Edme, Senior Advisor Responsible Finance, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy (France)

Karin Ireton, Non Executive Director/Independent Advisor, Aureus Mining Inc/Sustainability Matters

Wolfram Tertschnig, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (Austria)

Elisa Tonda, Head of the Business and Industry Unit, UNEP/DTIE

Hide/Show13:00-14:00 - GRI GOLD Community Exclusive – Reporter Roundtable on Materiality

This session is designed for reporting companies that want to take sustainability reporting to the next level by engaging further with GRI, their peers and experts in the field. The Sustainability Reporting Roundtables are a new platform GRI is piloting to help reporting organizations take their reporting process further. The one hour sessions are exclusive for members of the GRI GOLD Community and will initiate the pilot series with a roundtable on each day of the conference, focusing on the topic of materiality.

Exclusive Session

Hide/Show14:30-16:00 - Capital Market Policies and Practice – Drivers of transparency and growth

Session Supporter: Taiwan Stock Exchange

Market regulators and operators are playing a critically important role in encouraging corporate transparency through sustainability reporting. Establishing market resilience and sustainable growth needs to be a global and coordinated effort, that is why GRI proactively works with key international agencies and exchanges on sustainability reporting and empowering better decisions. This session provides the platform for a high level political dialogue between the key players of the capital markets, representing the interests of individual exchanges, investors and data users.


Natalie Chan, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited

Siobhan Cleary, Head of Research and Public Policy, the World Federation of Exchanges

Michael Lin, President, TWSE

Anthony Miller, Econmic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD

Sonia Favaretto, Press and Sustainability Officer, BM

Track Enabling Smart Policy

Hide/Show14:30-16:00 - Disability in Sustainability Reporting

Session Supporter: Fundación ONCE with the co-funding of the European Social Fund

People with disabilities constitute more than one billion of the world’s population. They represent the world’s largest minority group, often remaining an untapped source of diversity, talent and innovation. To help mainstream key disability issues in business and sustainability reporting, GRI and Fundación ONCE launched, in 2015 - with the co-funding of the European Social Fund - a guide to help organizations communicate their commitment to respecting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities as well as to better understand the business value of disability: Disability in Sustainability Reporting.

At this session you’ll learn from the experts that helped developed this resource. Stakeholders will also share their insights on latest international policy developments and current practice around disability disclosure.


Carla Bonino, Transnational Cooperation Coordinator, European Programmes Unit, Fundación ONCE

Ana Paula Caporal, Head of Sustainability Planning and Stakeholder Management, Enel

Rich Donovan, Founder/CEO, Return to Disability Group

Fernando Riaño, Director for CSR and Institutional Relations, Fundación ONCE

Karan Singh, Human Resources Leadership Team, WIPRO Europe

Stefan Trömel, Senior Disability Specialist, ILO

Track More Reporters, Better Reporting

Hide/Show14:30-16:00 - Respect for Land and Forest Rights: Easier said than done?

Session Supporter: DFID

There is almost no uninhabited land in developing countries. Failing to recognize this can lead a company to misjudge the feasibility of its projects. Land rights arrangements can be context-specific, technically complex and politically sensitive. Companies’ impacts related to land and forest rights cut across many economic and social issues and play an important role for affected local stakeholders and sustainable development as a whole.

The session will provide an overview of current international developments, guidelines and conventions regarding responsible governance of land tenure. It will invite to discuss learnings and experiences from ambitions to implement good business practice and provide an update on GRI’s work regarding reporting on companies’ respect for land and forest rights.


Chloe Christman, Advisor Land Rights and Markets, Oxfam America

Nikki Gwilliam-Beeharee, Head of ESG Research, Vigeo-Eiris Rating

Jeffrey Hatcher, Managing Director, Indufor North America

Iris Krebber, Head of the Agriculture Policy Team and Senior Land Policy Lead, DFID

Kathryn Elizabeth Mathias, Development Consultant, Illovo Sugar

Track Facing the Challenges

Hide/Show14:30-16:00 - The role of Education in Shaping the Sustainability Leaders we need for the Future

The latest insights from experts including one of the leading academic institutions in the world, Oxford University, on how sustainability is becoming embedded into education and what this means for future generations. What qualities do we need in our future leaders and how can education help to embed sustainability into organizational decision-making, to address future challenges across all types of business. How in practice can sustainability be considered by all employees as well as in the boardroom? What are the challenges for academic institutions in seeking to integrate sustainability into all levels of education?


Richard Barker, Professor, Oxford University

Karthik Ramanna, Professor, Harvard Business School

Wayne Visser, Senior Associate, Cambride Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Track Innovation and Collaboration (Academic session)

Hide/Show14:30-16:00 - The Power of Sustainability Data for Decision Making

Session Supporter: Sida

This session will demonstrate how different stakeholders are using sustainability data and how bespoke data solutions are required to meet their differing needs. Civil society organizations, investors, companies, regulators and the media all use data in different ways, and it’s our shared responsibility to make sure they have the information they need, in the format that makes it most useful for them. Expert speakers will showcase ways in which data is being used to drive behavior change, and the impact this is having, through interactive exercises. The session will conclude with a discussion and resulting recommendations for reporting organizations, governments, report users, and GRI on how to maximize the potential of sustainability data to inform and empower change.


Marina Migliorato, Head of Sustainability Innovation and Stakeholder Engagement, Enel

JohnJoseph Ryan, Manager of ArabSustainability.com, Sustainability Excellence

Huong Thien Nguyen, Operations Officer, IFC

Thuy Thi Thu Nguyen, SSC

Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor

Monique van Zijl, Behind the Brands Project Lead, Oxfam

Track Moving Beyond Reports

Hide/Show16:30-18:00 -  Using Sustainability Data to Enable Transformational Change

Since the advent of sustainability reporting two decades ago, a massive volume of sustainability data has been collected by thousands of organizations around the world. While the report has been the cornerstone of nonfinancial disclosure for decades, new and innovative approaches to disclosure are arising, focused on the data in the reporting process rather than the reports themselves. By liberating the data from physical reports and the process of reporting, sustainability information can used for a variety of purposes, in new platforms and by a range of data users - ultimately enabling better business and policy decisions towards a sustainable global economy. Hear from global leaders in innovation and technology about how they are using sustainability data to build better companies, better governments, and a better society


Richard Barker, Professor, Oxford University

Juan Costa Climent, Global Climate  Change and Sustainability Leader, EY

Olivier Cuny, Secretery Genral, Atos

John Elkington, Author and Executive Chairman, Volans

Enrico Giovannini, Professor, economist and statistician, University of Rome 

Evan Harvey, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Nasdaq

Michael Meehan, CEO, GRI

Claire Melamed, Director of poverty and inequality, ODI

Eric Roston, Sustainability Editor, Bloomberg

Ian Short, CEO, ClimateKic

Paul Simpson, CEO, CPD

Plenary Session 3

Hide/Show18:00-19.30 - GRI Community Celebration – GRI GOLD Community Members Only

This GRI Community Celebration is the best moment of the Global Conference to connect with the GRI global network in a relaxed atmosphere. The cocktail party is exclusive to members of the GRI Gold Community, the GRI Board, GRI Secretariat and other GRI strategic partners. Come and enjoy!

Exclusive Session - By invite only