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12 May 2015

On May 12th a total of four half-day Master Classes will be organized (two in the morning and two in the afternoon).
You can download the Master Classes Program here.

08:30 09:00

Coffee & tea

09:00 10:30
Master class
Supply chain / Value chain reporting:
Implementing GRI Sustainability Reporting in the Supply Chain / Value Chain”

ESS
Master class
Beyond the report: maximizing value from the reporting process

ERM
10:30 11:00   Networking break
11:00 12:30
Master class
Supply chain / Value chain reporting:
Implementing GRI Sustainability Reporting in the Supply Chain / Value Chain”

ESS
Master class
Beyond the report: maximizing value from the reporting process

ERM
12:30 13:30
Lunch break registration
13:30 15:00
Master class
Materiality, integration and the boundaries of accountability: defining the meaning of materiality in the context of reporting integration

BSD Consulting International
Master class
Stakeholder engagement

EY South Africa
15:00 15:30
Networking break
15:30 17:00
Master class
Materiality, integration and the boundaries of accountability: defining the meaning of materiality in the context of reporting integration

BSD Consulting International
Master class
Stakeholder engagement

EY South Africa

 

Master class information

Time: 9.30 – 12.30 hrs. (30 minute networking break 10.30 – 11.00 hrs.)
Title: ”Supply Chain / Value Chain Reporting: Implementing GRI Sustainability Reporting in the Supply Chain/ Value Chain”
Master Class partner: Environmental and Sustainability Solutions CC (ESS),
Master Class trainers: Dr. Maryna Möhr-Swart & Mr. Seakle Godschalk
Master Class description: Sustainability is the basis for long-term value creation and supply chain / value chain sustainability should be an important part of an organization’s sustainability strategy. Sustainable suppliers and sustainable value chains will assist organizations to improve their sustainability performance and eminently enhance economic and financial stability.
This program is designed to assist both umbrella organizations and supply chain organizations to understand the importance of managing and reporting sustainability performance for each individual organization, how this can benefit all in the value chain and how to implement sustainability reporting in the supply chain.
Learning objectives:
• Insight into the importance of a sustainable supply/ value chain
• Understand how sustainability reporting can add value to the value chain of organizations
• Understand the roles and responsibilities of the umbrella organization and the supply chain organizations
• Insight into the sustainability reporting process 

 

Time: 9.30 – 12.30 hrs. (30 minute networking break 10.30 – 11.00 hrs.)
Title: “Beyond the Report: Maximizing Value from the Reporting Process”
Master Class partner: Environmental Resources Management (ERM),
Master Class trainers: Mr. Simon Clarke & Mr. Donald Gibson
Master Class description: In this session, we will explore how to leverage the reporting process to obtain business value beyond that directly associated with the publication of the report itself, with a focus on companies based in and operating out of Africa.  Examples include:
• Using reporting-related stakeholder engagement to strengthen relationships and improve outcomes with customers, employees, and local communities
• Driving a more robust sustainability or business strategy
• Driving more effective program implementation, including reducing adverse impacts on the environment and social conditions, while enhancing positive ones
• Improving operational excellence by:
     o Linking GRI reporting process with DJSI, CDP and other annual submission
     o Improving data management
     o Streamlining report development costs
ERM is currently benchmarking this topic with hundreds of companies on its confidential client contact list. This is a global electronic survey, including a sizable number of companies from Africa. During the master class, we will share relevant results from this survey.
Learning objectives: Understand how other companies have leveraged the reporting process to achieve business value-creating outcomes, beyond the typical targeted outcomes such as improved reputation with stakeholders, responding to customer or shareholder requests, etc.
 
 
Time: 13.30 – 17.00 hrs. (30 minute networking break 15.00 – 15.30 hrs.)
Title: “Materiality, Integration and the Boundaries of Accountability: Defining the Meaning of Materiality in the Context of Reporting Integration”      
Master Class partner: BSD Consulting International
Master Class trainer: Dr. Cornelis T. van der Lugt
Master Class description: The Master Class will explore current understanding of the concept of “materiality” and ways to apply the principle in a manner that finds common ground between sustainability accounting and financial accounting. Participants will be given background to “materiality” and “boundaries” as initially defined by GRI, comparison with how materiality is defined by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and understood by the accounting community, and suggesting ways of aligning current approaches including applicable thresholds. Good practice examples from leading reporters (African corporates) will illustrate how materiality can be approached in a strategic manner, across converging accounting and reporting types.
Learning objectives: Reporting organizations, established ones and newcomers, are challenged today in understanding how sustainability and other reporting types can be more effective. This requires an improved understanding of how different accounting and reporting systems can be linked, facilitating the integration of sustainability into core business. The debate on reporting integration, including alignment between GRI and IIRC, is highly topical in South Africa. In many other African countries, sustainability reporting is still in its infancy. As a result, the financial accounting community in African countries may be one of the most valuable partners in developing an understanding for the relevance and role of sustainability or non-financial reporting.
Against this background, the focus of the Masters Class is on integration and materiality as a guiding principle across different forms of reporting and accounting systems. Participants will gain the following:
• Background to the concepts of “materiality” and “reporting boundaries”, as understood by GRI and the accounting professions;
• Improved understanding of how the related requirements of the GRI and IIRC compare and can best be aligned;
• How leading reporters (e.g. from Africa) are applying materiality today, including the use of the materiality matrix and reference in context to relevant thresholds; and
• How the materiality determination process can support integration and reporting content that is more strategic.
 
 
Time: 13.30 – 17.00 hrs. (30 minute networking break 15.00 – 15.30 hrs.)
Title: “Stakeholder engagement”      
Master Class partner: EY South Africa
Master Class trainer: Benny de Lange & Thomas van Viegen
Master Class description: Engaging effectively with stakeholders is potentially one of the most difficult activities which an organization has to do as part of its “natural” process of doing business in the 21st
Century. Recent unrest in the South African platinum sector has focused the importance of social
issues in business; and social license to operate as a very real risk and inhibiter of
operational progress. There are many local as well as international examples of stakeholder
engagement failure. Understanding what your stakeholders are saying is challenging, and
responding to them appropriately, is even more so.
Although SE is not perceived as complex, it is often neglected in an organization and
included in various obscure portfolios, from marketing to human resources. Stakeholder
engagement is not marketing, or promotion, or human resource management. It is a
focused and dedicated strategy to solicit valid and credible feedback on an organizations
performance, and to open the platform for continuous dialogue, from internal or external
parties, who have an interest or stake in the organization; or the direct or indirect impact and
influence which the organization has on society in general.
Learning objectives: The objective of this master class will be to explore the intricacies of Stakeholder Engagement in more detail. Without labouring the technical approach of how it should be done and the
various methodologies and approaches available, the master class will focus on EFFECTIVE
engagement through a dialogue session using real time industry examples in a panel style
discussion format.
The session will follow the following broad format:
• Broad introduction to the process of SE and the various models ie, AA1000SES, IFC
safeguard policies, etc.
• Followed by an informal ‘gauging / quizzing’ of the audience ito
   o Who thinks there organisation has a robust SE framework and process?
   o Who thinks they have not?
   o Who does not know?
   o How would your stakeholders rate your response?
• Panel discussion feedback:
   o What does effective stakeholder engagement mean, and specifically what does it entail to your specific organisation
   o How much is enough engagement?
   o With respect to engagement, where do I draw the line?
• What do the experts say – real life stories from a spectrum of industry players, illustrating the specifities around what SE is and means to them:
   o The ‘what went wrongs’
   o Things we did right
   o Things we could do better