Date: 21 June 2017
Venue: Espace Banca Monte Paschi Belgio, Avenue d’Auderghem, 22-28 Brussels
Time: 12.30-17.30 followed by a cocktail reception.
Building on work already undertaken at the international level by the G20 Green Finance Study Group and the Financial Stability Board Task Force, the EU is keen to promote an ambitious approach to sustainable finance. At EU level, debate has already been initiated on issues such as non-financial information disclosure, green bonds/green finance, or risk valuations of climate change.
To properly embed sustainability into EU financial services policy and the Capital Markets Union, an overarching approach is required. Promoting financial stability and sustainable development by enhancing the links between investment decisions, corporate behaviour and reporting has become a global need.
This is why the European Commission has created a High-Level expert group to help define a comprehensive European strategy on sustainable finance by the end of 2017. A strong EU strategy will steer public and private capital towards sustainable/ green investments, will explore effective and operational steps to protect financial stability from environment-related risks, and will help to deploy necessary financial market policies on a pan-European scale.
This work is developing significant momentum. The interim report of the High-Level expert group is nearing completion and the European Commission is about to release its long awaited guidelines on Non-Financial Information taking into account the recommendation of the FSB Task Force on climate-related financial disclosures. A growing number of companies are already using integrated reporting created to enhance accountability, stewardship and trust.
ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), AVIVA, Barclays and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) are therefore delighted to invite you to a lively debate to take stock of progress made so far, and to discuss a way forward for a European strategy for sustainable finance.
The panel sessions of our joint conference called ‘Building a more sustainable economy in Europe’ will revolve around the themes ‘Non-Financial Information and sustainable finance –what next?’
RSVP by 12 June to Cécile Bonino, ACCA’s Head of EU Affairs at [email protected]
12.30: Registration and sandwich lunch
13.30: Welcome Speech: Richard Howitt, CEO, IIRC
13.40: Keynote Speech: Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP
13.50: Panel discussion on NFI –IR moderated by Raymond Jack, Executive Director, ACCA
15.20: Coffee break
15.40: Panel on sustainable finance moderated by Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
17.10: Concluding remarks: Paulina Dejmek, Member of Cabinet of European Commission President Juncker
17.20: Conclusions: Mark Lewis – Managing Director European Equity Research – Barclays
17.30: Cocktail reception