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EMAN virtual event: Building resilience in a time of crisis – the role of sustainability leadership, accounting and reporting

09:15 am – 5:30 pm CEST (3:15 pm – 11:30 pm HKT, 3:15 am – 11:30 am EST) 16 September 2020, online

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Environmental and Sustainability Management Accounting Network (EMAN) are proud to host a free one-day virtual event 16 September for the 24th EMAN Conference on Building resilience in a time of crisis: the role of sustainability leadership, accounting and reporting.

When: 16 Sept. 2020
Location: Online

Slides and recordings

  • The 24th EMAN Conference – building resilience welcome and closing plenary: Slides
  • Breakout session 1: Valuation & reporting in an era of uncertainty: Slides 
  • Breakout session 2: Looking ahead with COVID-19 and preparing for systemic risks through TCFD: Slides 
  • Afternoon workshop 1: Enhancing resilience Slides
  • Afternoon workshop 2: Business training on natural capital workshop Slides
  • Afternoon workshop 3: Strengthening disclosure Slides

Recordings to come soon.

 

Businesses’ and organizations’ ability to be resilient and adaptable is being put at a test across the world with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, it is crucial to draw from current and past lessons, share knowledge and new ideas to ensure sustainable continuity for businesses and research.

As in-person meetings are limited, the EMAN and WBCSD would like to take this opportunity to have a free one-day virtual event to share knowledge and bring practitioners and academics together. With this, we are postponing the in-person conference to the year 2021. We will communicate more information on next year’s plan in due course.

During the morning plenary, we’ll bring academic and business leaders to provide insights about the crisis and what this means in terms of business resilience and leadership, as well as the role of sustainability reporting and accounting within our current context.

In the afternoon, we’ll dive into practical training with specialists on:

  • Enhancing resilience: Integrating ESG into enterprise risk management workshop.
  • Building business capacity to value nature in decision-making workshop
  • Strengthening ESG disclosure workshop 

This free virtual event will be interactive and include group discussions. We look forward to you joining us and share your experiences.

Program

Morning Plenary Wednesday 16 September

Plenary
Time: 9:15 – 12:00 CEST 
We are bringing together business and academic leaders to discuss how to build resilience, foster leadership and the role of sustainability reporting and accounting within our current context.

Preliminary agenda:

Welcome: Building resilience in a time of crisis – the role of sustainability leadership, accounting and reporting (9:15-10:15 am CEST) 

Karen Maas, EMAN Chair, Department of Business Economics Erasmus School of Economics Erasmus University Rotterdam

Rodney IrwinManaging Director, WBCSD

Two simultaneous breakouts to choose from (10:15-12:00 pm CEST):

 

 

Valuation and reporting in the era of uncertainty

Understanding value beyond only financials impacting business performance and creating a better future

Christian Heller, CEO, Value Balancing Alliance

Delphine Gibassier, Associate Professor of Accounting for Sustainable Development, Audencia Business School, France

Rooting materiality to strengthen disclosure 

Jilde Garst, Postdoc Sustainability Reporting, Erasmus School of Economics

Giulia Genuardi, Head of Sustainability Planning and Performance Management, Enel

Looking ahead with COVID-19 and preparing for systemic risks through TCFD 

The current corporate landscape and the outlook towards 2050

Linden Edgell, Partner, ERM 

·Preparing for systemic risks through TCFD

Lois Guthrie, Director, Redefining Value, WBCSD

Richard Barker, Professor of Accounting, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Key findings from plenary (12:00 pm – 12:15 pm CEST)

Lunch break (12:15 – 1:00 pm CEST)

 

Afternoon workshop Wednesday 16 September

Enhancing resilience, We Value Nature and Disclosure training
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Three simultaneous breakouts to choose from (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CEST):

Enhancing resilience: Integrating ESG into enterprise risk management workshop. Join our workshop on how to integrate ESG risks into mainstream risk processes to ensure long-term resilience and competitiveness. Read more here.

 

Building business capacity to value nature in decision-making: All businesses depend and impact on natural capital. Through understanding and considering the risks and opportunities created by nature, businesses can make better decisions that benefit themselves, society and the planet as a whole. Join We Value Nature’s interactive and practical training to explore the relationships between business and nature and learn about practical approaches companies can adopt to integrate nature in decision-making processes.

 

Strengthening ESG disclosure workshop: As crucial stakeholders are demanding to understand companies’ true performance – including ESG aspects – we’ll dive into how to take control of your ESG reporting processes and enhance the quality of information. We’ll touch upon materiality, assurance and key reporting trends. Check out our work on disclosure here.

Key highlights from each breakout training (4:15 – 4:30 pm CEST)

Building personal resilience session (4:30 – 5:30 pm CEST)

Sue Farmer, Holistic guide

Key learnings & Wrap-up (5:30 – 5:40 pm CEST)

Getting ready for virtual drinks

Virtual drinks Wednesday 16 September

EMAN Board meeting
Time: 5:50 pm – 7 pm CEST
Join us to mingle, chat and connect over virtual drinks afterwards.

Additional information

This free virtual event will be interactive and include group discussions. Participants are therefore asked to plan on being in a space that enables them to fully participate. It will be hosted entirely through Zoom.

Closer to the event date, useful resources as well as a more detailed agenda will be sent to all registered participants.

The virtual event will be recorded and all discussions kept confidential. The event’s slides, resources, as well as the recording will be shared with participants only after the event.

About WBCSD

WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. Click here for more.

About EMAN

The steering committee Environmental and Sustainability Management Accounting Network (EMAN) is a group of academics and professional experts in the area of environmental, social and sustainability accounting who are responsible for general policy, procedures, and related matters affecting EMAN as a whole. Find out more.

The Steering Committee includes:

Nathalie Crutzen HEC-Management School of the University of Liege, Belgium
Maria Csutora Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
Igor Alvarez Etxeberria University of Basque Country, Spain
Delphine Gibassier Audencia Business School, France
Edeltraud Günther Technical University Dresden, Germany
Rodney Irwin World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Switzerland
Karen Maas (Chairwoman) Department of Business Economics Erasmus School of Economics Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Stefan Schaltegger Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany