BSD Germany Hosts Event on the Future of Sustainability Reporting

BSD Germany Hosts Event on the Future of Sustainability Reporting

On Friday September 6th, the German team of BSD Consulting will host a one-day event on the future of sustainability reporting.

Prior to the event, Sebastian Straube, Director of BSD Germany gives some insight into why he took the initiative to organize this event and what is going to happen that day.
For more details on the event and to register, please visit this website.

Q: Sebastian, what gave you the idea to organize an event on the Future of Sustainability Reporting?
A: In November 2012, I joined the BSD Consulting network by launching BSD Germany in Berlin, and for me this is already a reason to celebrate. With my team I have the ambition to be very active in the sustainability reporting field, especially in the area of disclosure according to the GRI Guidelines, the common global framework for sustainability reporting. Now that BSD Germany is established, we are ready to work with organizations on solutions for sustainable development in Germany as well as abroad. I then had some inspiring conversations with thought leader Ralph Thurm of A¦HEAD¦ahead and we realized that this is an exciting year for the development of sustainability reporting. We want to share this excitement with others and to offer a platform in Germany for sharing the latest insights and having inspiring discussions. This naturally led to the decision to organize this event. 

Q: You say that this is an exciting year for sustainability reporting. Why is that?
A: First of all, in April, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) has released the Draft Framework for Integrated Reporting with the objective to launch Version 1 of the Framework by end of this year. Next, at the end of May, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) released G4. Furthermore, the developments around the sector-specific indicator family of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the development process of the principles and indicators of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) are relevant to the development of sustainability reporting. You see, a lot is happening and we’re at a decisive moment in time for the future of sustainability reporting.

Q: What can we expect at the event? Who are the speakers and what are the topics?
A: We are organizing a one-day event with plenary sessions as well as workshops, and present theoretical topics as well as practical examples. I believe we have an interesting and diverse group of people who agreed to share their ideas and experience with us on 6 September. Among these are for example Barbara Unmüßig (Heinrich Böll Foundation), Dr. Günther Bachmann (German Council for Sustainable Development), Jana Gebauer (IÖW), and Marcello Palazzi (B Lab Europe). We are also in the process of confirming senior representatives from GRI, IIRC, SASB and GISR, Truecost, True Price Foundation and Ex’tax, as well as corporate representatives of Puma, EnBW, SAP, Thyssen Krupp, Flughafen München, WeSustain, Deloitte. All in all, we want the event to be inclusive and interesting on many levels.

As for the topics, we have formulated 9 questions that we think many people walk around with. It is our intention that the event will provide answers to these questions.

  1. How should a company position itself in this variety of different developments?
  2. Which activities are meaningful now, which ones maybe next year?
  3. Which initiatives and standards will be accepted by the market players?
  4. What will the EU and its member states ask from companies in the future?
  5. How will stock exchanges move forward in requiring sustainability reporting information and how will the financial markets react to this new wave of players?
  6. Has sustainability reporting evolved substantially over the years?
  7. Do companies report what is really important, or should we rethink sustainability reporting, looking at the increasingly obvious problems deriving from climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity, labor and human rights as well as corruption issues? What do we really learn from sustainability and integrated reports so far?
  8. Is integrated reporting paving the way to integrated thinking?
  9. What effects will new initiatives around true costing, true pricing and true taxation have on sustainability and integrated reporting?

Q: Thank you for this interview, Sebastian. To conclude, is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers?
R: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about the event, for me it will be the highlight of 2013. Of course I hope to greet many of the readers at the event on September 6th in the Konferenzzentrum der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Berlin. I honestly believe it will be an inspiring event as well as a great learning and networking opportunity.

For more details on the event and to register, please visit this website.