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Corporate Reporting Conference 2023

Tuesday 13 June 2023

Sustainability reporting – here and on the horizon

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Hear from the ISSB

With the first IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards expected soon, listen to a keynote speech from a Board member of the new standard setter.


Learn from existing reporters

As many embark on their sustainability reporting journey, benefit from the experience of those that are further down the line.


Fit for the future

Listen to an expert panel provide a range of perspectives on delivering a sustainability reporting framework fit for the future.


Network with like-minded professionals

An opportunity to reconnect and expand your professional network.


Contribute to the policymaking debate

Discover what's in the pipeline for sustainability reporting and contribute your thoughts.


Breakfast and registration
Opening comments
Veronica Poole, Vice Chair, Deloitte UK
Keynote: ISSB – the standard setter's perspective
As the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) prepares to publish its first two IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards and plans its future agenda, we hear directly from the standard setter with a keynote speech from Richard Barker, member of the ISSB.
Breakout Session 1
Option A: Climate reporting – top tips and lessons learned so far
The Climate-related Financial Disclosure Regulations 2022, effective for periods beginning on or after 6 April 2022, represent the first major requirement for some to provide detailed climate-related information in the annual report. The regulations have been drawn from the existing Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework meaning there is a wealth of experience from which companies can draw. In this session, we will hear from those with first-hand experience of the FCA listing rules, TCFD framework and the UK's climate-related regulations. Aimed at helping those in the earlier stages of reporting and those looking to build on existing reporting, top tips and lessons learned to date will be shared. | Helen Green, Group Financial Controller, Burberry | Aadam Nabi, Manager Sustainability Finance, Burberry
Option B: The future of sustainability reporting – what's in the pipeline
While there has been significant streamlining of the various bodies and frameworks within the sustainability reporting landscape in recent years, new initiatives continue to emerge and are likely to do so for years to come. This session will shed light on some of the key initiatives and how they might influence future sustainability reporting requirements. Amongst other areas, the expected plans of the UK Government and the ISSB's agenda beyond climate reporting will be considered. | Ollie Law, Senior Manager, Corporate Reporting, PwC
Breakout Session 2
Option A (repeated): Climate reporting – top tips and lessons learned so far
Option C: Integrating sustainability information across the annual report and beyond
With sustainability being a lens through which companies are increasingly viewed and assessed by investors and wider stakeholders, how can companies turn compliance with sustainability reporting requirements into impactful and meaningful corporate communication? Our speakers, experts in corporate communications and reporting, will provide practical insights on how companies can go beyond simply 'ticking the box' to fully embedding sustainability information into the narrative and storytelling of the annual report and beyond. | Mei Ashelford, Director, Investor Communications & Reporting, Brunswick | Ian Roe, Partner, Brunswick
Panel: Delivering a sustainability reporting framework fit for the future
Sustainability reporting has undergone a rapid transformation in recent years. Shifting away from the fringes and into the mainstream, it has become an integral part of the annual reporting process. Furthermore, major developments in the international standard setting arena alongside significant domestic regulatory changes have brought greater alignment within what was once a hugely fragmented landscape. Against this backdrop our panel will reflect on the sustainability reporting journey so far, but with a particular focus on the challenges to be overcome in order to ensure high quality sustainability reporting by companies, both now and in the future. | Veronica Poole, Vice Chair, Deloitte UK | Lysanne Gray, Executive Vice President Sustainable Business Performance and Reporting, Unilever | Jock Lennox, Chair, Audit Committee Chair Independent Forum (ACCIF) | Nick Ogilvie, Customer Success Analyst, Net Purpose | Sacha Sadan, Director of ESG, FCA
Closing comments
Veronica Poole, Vice Chair, Deloitte UK
Lunch and networking

Our speakers

Veronica Poole
Veronica Poole Vice Chair, Deloitte UK

Veronica chairs Deloitte's Global IFRS Leadership team, which is the voice of the Deloitte global network on IFRS and corporate reporting. She leads Deloitte's contributions to the WEF IBC Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics, helped launch the UK Directors' Climate Forum – Chapter Zero, and was instrumental in establishing Deloitte's global response to climate change: WorldClimate. She is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council, the G7 Impact Taskforce, the FRC Advisory Panel, Chair of the Advisory Group to the ICAEW Financial Reporting Faculty, and advisory member to the Hundred Group Financial Reporting Committee.

Richard Barker
Richard Barker International Sustainability Standards Board

Richard Barker was appointed as a full-time member of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in 2022. Before joining the ISSB, he served as deputy dean and professor of accounting at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. There, he led Oxford Saïd's sustainable business initiatives. He has published a wide range of academic research papers on accounting and sustainability disclosures, chaired the expert panel of Accounting for Sustainability (A4S), and served as a member of several committees and bodies focused on corporate reporting in the UK and Europe.

Mei Ashford
Mei Ashelford Director, Investor Communications & Reporting, Brunswick Group Advisory

Mei is a chartered accountant with 20+ years’ experience. Originally a forensic accountant, Mei moved into reporting regulation in 2012, joining the Financial Reporting Council as a Project Director where she oversaw the delivery of several high-profile regulatory projects. Mei now leads Brunswick Group's annual reporting offer and acts as a senior advisor to clients on corporate governance, corporate reporting and ESG regulation and best practice, supporting them in crafting annual reports and investor communications. In 2021, Mei was appointed to the FRC's Advisory Panel as a subject matter expert and to the ICAEW Corporate Reporting Faculty Board.

Lysanne Gray
Lysanne Gray Executive Vice President Sustainable Business Performance and Reporting, Unilever

Lysanne has held a number of positions at Unilever, ranging from Group Chief Accountant, CFO of various Unilever businesses, Controller and she is now EVP Sustainable Business Performance and Reporting. Prior to joining Unilever, she primarily worked for PwC in both an audit and advisory capacity. She is also a Non-Executive Director at Genus plc.

Helen Green
Helen Green Group Financial Controller, Burberry

Helen is a highly accomplished finance professional. With extensive expertise across several areas of finance, she leads the Group Financial Reporting, Group Financial Controls, and Sustainability Finance teams. Helen began at Deloitte where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then moved through increasingly senior finance roles at Cadbury Schweppes, BT and Smith & Nephew. She is a keen contributor to the developments in sustainable financial reporting and is part of the A4S Controller Forum.

Ollie Law
Ollie Law Senior Manager, Corporate Reporting, PwC

Ollie has been involved in the review of annual reports for a number of years. Ollie’s area of expertise is climate change reporting, with a specific focus on supporting our audit clients and audit practice on TCFD. Ollie’s focus is providing support and updates on corporate reporting developments to management teams and boards. This specifically looks at the current and best practices in reporting, the effectiveness of their corporate reporting and the implementation of new reporting strategies in order to respond to increasing legislation and the needs of key stakeholders.

Jock Lennox
Jock Lennox Chair, Audit Committee Chair Independent Forum (ACCIF)

Jock is currently audit committee chair of Barratt Developments plc and chairs the Audit Committee Chairs' Independent Forum (ACCIF). He is also non-executive chairman of Johnson Service Group plc. He was a partner for 20 years at Ernst & Young working as an auditor and advisor to a range of UK listed companies and he held several UK and global leadership positions.

Aadam Nabi
Aadam Nabi Sustainability Finance, Burberry

Aadam is a sustainability finance specialist having developed a passion for sustainability through working on climate risk during the early stages of TCFD reporting. He started his career at KPMG. At Burberry, he has specialised in climate risk and has worked to implement Burberry’s digital twin and use this for modelling the impacts of climate change on the business. He now works in the specialised sustainability finance team, supporting the responsibility strategy.

Nick Ogilvie
Nick Ogilvie Customer Success Analyst, Net Purpose

Nick leads on Customer Success at Net Purpose working with a global client base of investors leveraging Net Purpose’s data platform for end-to-end integration of environmental and social outcomes data into the investment process. This includes enabling best-in-class impact reporting through Net Purpose's proprietary, quantitative products and services impact research. Prior to joining Net Purpose, Nick qualified as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant at PwC where he developed guidance for assessing climate risk in the audit process and was involved in delivering one of the firm's first reasonable assurance ESG audits.

Ian Roe
Ian Roe Partner, Brunswick

Ian leads the global ESG and reporting offer for Brunswick's creative business and develops corporate communications, campaigns and M&A communications for some of the world's leading businesses. He advises companies across financial, technology, consumer and energy sectors. He has over 15 years' experience delivering award-winning communications across the US, UK, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Brunswick, Ian was Director of Corporate Responsibility at KPMG. He has an MA (Oxon) from Oxford University, reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Sacha Sadan
Sacha Sadan Director of ESG, FCA (Financial Conduct Authority)

Sacha's role involves facilitating the UK financial regulator to embed ESG across the wide spectrum of regulatory activities. He has been named a City Influencer by Financial News, being instrumental in shaping the UK's financial services industry. Sacha was recognised in the Financial Times as one of 'the 30 most influential people in the City of London' and was voted the top-rated Pan European fund manager in the Thomson Reuters Extel awards. He is a Fellow of ICSA and a founding member of the UK Investor Forum and was a member of their board for 6 years.

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