​Sessions 20 May

 
 
 


 

Hide/Show07:30-08:30 - Anti-corruption

Corruption is one of the greatest obstacle to global economic and social development. Economically, corruption depletes wealth, contributes to further inequality, hinders entrepreneurship and acts as an investment barrier.

Combatting corruption requires a commitment to transparency and accountability. Companies can address corruption in their strategies and set up programs to prevent, detect and tackle corruption. By reporting these activities transparently, companies can communicate to their stakeholders about the measures they are taking to tackle corruption, and the results. Such transparency builds confidence among stakeholders, boosting the company’s reputation and increasing trust.

Thousands of organizations around the world are transparent about their performance through sustainability reports but how can reporting really help to create effective anti-corruption efforts.

Speakers:

Andrew Daniels, Director of Global Integrity Enchancement, GSK

Simon Hall, Manager, Ethics & Compliance Global Programmes, BP

Peter van Veen, Director Business Integrity Programme, Transparency International


Track More Reporters, Better Reporting

Hide/Show07:30-08:30 - Regional Delegations Exclusive Session: Breakfast with GRI – Q&A

Delegations support the promotion of a truly global conference community, encouraging the international sustainability network to join together and bringing the global perspective to leading edge content discussions. GRI’s mission is to empower decision makers everywhere; the GRI strategy must therefore utilize the support of our global network to take action, as a global perspective is needed to change the world.

The breakfast with GRI is a session exclusively for participants of regional delegations, to meet with senior members of GRI for an opportunity to get to know the five year GRI strategy more intimately, take part in an open conversation and address your questions. GRI has a history of working together with our inclusive network and looks to our future strategy for global perspectives on sustainability best practices, innovations and trends that are empowering sustainable decisions from around the world.

*This session is exclusively for participants who are members of a regional delegation, and must be identified by a GRI elected delegation lead; including GRI’s regional hubs and community leaders.

Exclusive Session - By invite only

Hide/Show07.30–08.30 - Who advises GRI? Meet GRI’s Stakeholder Council

All conference participants are invited to come and meet GRI's largest governance body. The session will introduce the members and activities of the GRI Stakeholder Council and engage participants in dialogue on the SC's objectives and how they can potentially contribute to GRI's work through this governance body.

Hide/Show09:00-10:30 - Making Money Work for Sustainability: Trade, transparency and sustainability data

Session Supporter: DFAT

Major financial instruments such as Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and others that are so influential in our economy should be delivering better results for sustainable development. One way to do this is to ensure such investment pass through a sustainability filter, especially as it flows into markets where sustainability risks are high. This session will aim to explore how a standardized approach to sustainability reporting is a win-win for investors, governments and companies looking to reduce sustainability risk and maximize economic growth and trade. Case examples will be given from companies investing in emerging markets, and FTAs that incorporate sustainability metrics.

Speakers:

Rashyid Redza Anwarudin, Head Accountability, Reporting & Engegement, Sime Darby

Jerome Donovan, Swinburne University

Ana Novik, Head of Investment division, OECD

Alyson Slater, Director - Knowledge, GRI

Rafaelito Taruc, Director, Department of Trade and Industry / Board of Investments (DTI / BOI)


Track Enabling Smart Policy

Hide/Show09:00-10:30 - Latest Developments in Occupational Health and Safety Reporting

Work claims more victims around the globe than does war: an estimated 2.3 million workers die every year from occupational accidents and diseases. The continuous challenge is reflected in the Global Sustainability Standards Board’s decision to start the work on this priority topic for revision.

The session offers to learn from key organizations in the field about the latest developments and updates around what is expected from companies regarding Occupational Health and Safety measurements and public disclosure. It offers to discuss ideas on how reporting on Occupational Health and Safety can be improved, and in how far the GRI Disclosures can be updated to reflect this need.

Speakers:

Nancy Leppink, Branch Chief LABADMIN/OSH, ILO

Daniel Malan, Director of the Center for Corporate Governane in Africa, University of Stellenbosch Business School

Joris Oldenziel, Head of Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement, Bangladesh Accord Foundation

David Smith, Chairman of the project committee 283 which develops ISO 4500 I 

Stiaan Wandrag, GSSB member (business representative)


Track Reporting Standards

Hide/Show09:00-10:30 - Tackling Climate Risk: Data & Decision Making for Business and Government

Session Supporter: GIZ

Climate change and other global sustainability challenges present significant financial and non-financial risks for all stakeholders, including companies and investors.  Parallel to this, governments seek to address vulnerabilities to climate change through adaptation and mitigation measures, strengthening resilience to current and future impacts of climate change. A joint and multi-stakeholder approach is necessary to effectively overcome this challenge. This session will highlight the process of corporate disclosures on climate and other linked sustainability issues, including how generation and use of robust data has a central role to play in the business and government response to tackling climate change.

Wim Bartels, Partner & Global Head of Sustainability Reporting and Assurance, KPMG

Kris Douma, Director Reporting and Investor Practice, PRI

Greg Lowe, Executive Director of the Capital, Science and Policy Practice, Willis

Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP

Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

Track Facing the Challenges

Hide/Show09:00-10:30 - Assurance Trends - Improving the quality of sustainability data

Be updated about the latest trends in assurance by leading academics who will present key research findings relevant for practice. Discover how leading firms have engaged different assurance providers, and how these providers use different assurance standards. This will inform your thinking about the role of assurance in improving the quality of sustainability data, what organizations and assurance providers can do in this process, and the potential positive impacts through more effective sustainable decision making. Find out what the related positive impacts of assurance can be on credibility, trust, risk and accountability, and what the dilemmas and challenges are.

Speakers:

Carol Adams, Professor of Accounting, Durham University

Dwight Justice, ITUC

 Ans Kolk, Professor and Research Director, University of Amsterdam Business School

Paolo Perego, Associate Professor in Accounting

Roger Simnett, Professor of Accounting, UNSW Business School Austrailia


Track More Reporters, Better Reporting (Academic session)

Hide/Show09:00-10:30 - Transition to GRI Standards – Have Your Say!

The GSSB is transitioning the GRI G4 Guidelines to GRI Standards this year. Join this interactive session to learn about the changes in structure and format within GRI Standards which will be hosted by the GRI Standards Division. Discuss the changes with peers and the GRI Standards Division and provide important feedback which will help to shape the future of GRI Standards. This is a unique opportunity to have direct contact with the team and get a firsthand understanding of what the changes will mean for you.

Speakers:

Bastian Buck, Director of Standards, GRI

Chelsea Reinhardt, Deputy Director Standards, GRI

Track Reporting Standards

Hide/Show11:00-12:30 - Trust & Transparency: Building better businesses and policy worldwide

This media led debate will highlight different perspectives on whether sustainability information and communication can really build trust in businesses and governments, and the opportunities and risks involved in doing this. Hear from leading CEOs, communications executives and government representatives about the potential for sustainability information and the latest insights on public attitude towards business and governments.

Speakers:

Jermyn Brooks, Chair Business Advisory Board, Transperency International

Magdalena Gerger, CEO, Systembolaget

Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UNGC

Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the Working Party on International Investment, OECD

Dorah Nteo, Strategic Executive Director: city of sustainability, City of Tshwane

Eric Roston, Sustainability Editor, Bloomberg

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, Uprose


Plenary Session 4

Hide/Show13:00-14:00 -  Corporate transparency in the Greater China region: a boost for resilient and sustainable growth

As opposed to the western society, China's sustainability challenges are often associated with its industrialization process that has been supporting China's economic growth. Sustainability inevitably becomes one of the key opportunities of China's development strategy transformation. With the dynamics and complexity of sustainability challenges that China has been beset with, and subsequently multiple tools employed to address such issues, policy and regulatory innovation in this particular market is deemed be the compelling driver empowering fundamental changes. To find out what needs to be done in order to become prepared for the rapidly changing region from perspectives of sustainable policy orientation and regulatory requirements, responsible business conduct and upcoming trends, together with the opportunities for business development, the China Session will provide participants with a holistic view of sustainability opportunities in this region that enables smart decision-making process.

Speakers:

Joe Cheng, Senior Vice President, TWSE

Elizabeth Pennie, Manager - Group Sustainability, CLP

Wang Yalin, Sustianable Business abroad, UNDP China

Zuo Yue, CSR Manager, CNCP


Regional Session

Hide/Show13:00-14:00 - Building Trust in South Asia: Enforced or self regulation

Session Supporter: Aditya Birla

To debate and develop a set of key action points for policy makers, businesses and datat users on how trust can be built for sustainability information which should lead to better decision making and sustainable economies.

Speakers:

Namit Agarwal, Private Sector Advisor, Oxfam India

Seema Arora, Executive Director, CII

Swapan Kumar Bala, Commissioner, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission

Aditi Haldar, Director, GRI South Asia

Tony Henshaw, Chief Sustainability Officer, Aditya Birla

Girish Joshi, Senior General Manager by designation Heads Listing Business, BSE

Arif Masud Mirza, Regional Head of Policy-MENA, ACCA Pakistan


Regional Session

Hide/Show13:00-14:00 - Supply Chain Traceability and Sustainability Reporting: The example of Turkey

This session will feature corporate case studies and will touch upon the challenge of supply chain traceability. Managing the size and complexity of global supply chains is one of the most challenging tasks that businesses face today; the activities of local partners are not directly overseen which can lead to a variety of risks. Promoting transparency in the supply chain can help companies to identify and improve high risk areas as well as discover new efficiencies and business opportunities. The combination of these benefits enable organizations to communicate confidently about their products and services to customers and other stakeholders, helping to build trust.

Speakers:

Selen Gurbuz Karaca, Sustainability Compliance Manager, Ikea Foreign Trade

Erdem KolcuoĞlu, Senior Consultant, Kyimet-I Harbiye

Atilla Yerlikaya, Group Corporate Affairs Director, Coca Cola Icecek

Güven Özyurt, VP of Purchasing, Ford Otosan


Regional Session

Hide/Show13:00-14:00 - GRI GOLD Community Exclusive – Sustainability 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/Show13.00-16.30 - Exclusive session – Corporate leadership Group ‘Reporting 2025’

This session is the third lab of the Corporate Leadership Group on Reporting 2025 focused on the transition to a sustainable economy. It is designed to help participants explore sustainability trends further and to determine which type of reporting and metrics will be needed to support decision makers through this transition period.

Exclusive Session - By invite only