Disclosure Fit for Purpose Conference

April 22, 2020 in LUND, SWEDEN

EVRACSI Conference 2020

We are in the midst of an intense era of transformation.

To reach Agenda 2030 and promote a global sustainable development, our companies must become more sustainable. In order to maintain an efficient capital market, it is vital for all actors to be able to assess sustainability performance. Reliable assessment of sustainability performance remains a key challenge to the world’s policy makers, financial market actors, industry and academia.

Our conference is an attempt to tackle the reporting issue head-on. This high-profile conference brings together some of the most prominent players in the quest of developing disclosure that can provide value relevant, credible and comparable information on how our companies perform on the different sustainability arenas. Succeeding with this is crucial for accelerating and reorienting capital flows towards more sustainable investments.

Our conference, organized by Lund University, will include keynote speeches, moderated Q &As and round-table discussions led by significant actors with different perspectives on the sustainability disclosure area. Our conference will try to unpack not only what roles and responsibilities the different actors need to take in this process but also what requirements and aspirations they have when it comes to developing disclosure fit for the future landscape of sustainable finance. 

The conference will produce a policy report that includes a roadmap identifying possible avenues ahead, as well as detailing the enabling and constraining factors that affect the development of disclosure fit for purpose.

Key issues to be discussed at the conference include:

  • What can regulators and policymakers do to empower businesses and financial markets in the transformation to more sustainable development?
  • What are the key components and mechanisms for enabling sustainability to be further integrated into financial market strategies?
  • What roles do corporate disclosure and transparency play in accelerating this change?
  • What themes and perspectives are needed on the research agenda to facilitate the required sustainable transformation?  

Background

The recently published ‘A European Green Deal’ stresses the EU Commission’s increased ambitions to confront climate change. The Commission has developed a detailed action plan on how to finance sustainable growth. This plan extends across the entire international investment chain. The development of a transparent disclosure context supporting this acceleration towards sustainable growth is a key prerequisite.

According to the EU, there is an urgent need to enhance transparency to end-investors and to also find out how financial market actors consider sustainability. Several of the proposed ambitions explicitly highlight the central role played by disclosure in this process. EU has recently agreed on new disclosure regulations for sustainability related disclosure in the financial service sectors (EU 2019/2088) and for improvement of sustainability disclosure benchmarks (EU 2019/2089), as well as the taxonomy regulation. These regulations constitute a central pillar for improving disclosure by both financial and corporate actors. Disclosure, thus, plays a central role in these efforts.

Succeeding in enhancing sustainability disclosure is crucial for accelerating and reorienting capital flows towards investments promoting sustainable growth. The success relies on an active interaction and engagement of policy makers, financial market actors, companies and the academia. It is time to join forces! Our Disclosure Fit for Purpose conference is an attempt to bring these actors together. 

Agenda

Wednesday 22 April, 2020

Venue: The Old Bishop’s House, Biskopsgatan 1, Lund, Sweden 

09.00 – 09.30 Coffee mingle

09.30 – 09.40 Welcome remarks

09.40 – 10.00 Keynote 1 – Policy perspective: What can regulators and policymakers do to empower businesses and financial markets in the transformation to more sustainable development?

10.00 – 10.15 Q&As (Roundtable Chair 1)

10.15 – 10.35 Keynote 2 – Financial-market perspective: What are the key components and mechanisms for enabling sustainability to be further integrated into the financial market strategies?

10.35 – 10.50 Q&As (Roundtable Chair 2)

10.50 – 11.10 Keynote 3 – Industry perspective: What roles do corporate disclosure and transparency play in accelerating this change?

11.10 – 11.25 Q&As (Roundtable Chair 3)

11.25 – 11.45 Keynote 4 – Research perspective: What themes and perspectives are needed on the research agenda to facilitate the required sustainable transformation?

11.45 – 12.00 Q&As (Roundtable Chair 4) 

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Round-table discussions 1-4

15.00 – 15.30 Coffee mingle

15.30 – 16.30 Round-table discussions 1-4 (cont.)

16.30 –  Closing remarks and cocktails  

18.00  Conference dinner

The Disclosure Fit for Purpose Conference is being convened by the EVRACSI Initiative at Lund University. 

Registration

Register no later than March 20th 2020. The conference is for invited guests. If you are interestd in the conference please contact: evracsi@ehl.lu.se 

Hotel bookings

Hotel rooms have been pre-booked at the following hotels. The rooms are reserved until March 20, 2020 but can also be booked thereafter at these prices, subject to availability). Use the codes below when making reservations.

Grand Hotel

Prices:

  • Grand Hotel: 1 495 SEK / room and night including breakfast and VAT
  • Hotel Lundia: 1 395 SEK / room and night including breakfast and VAT
  • Hotel Finn: 995 SEK / room and night including breakfast and VAT

Codes:
Grand Hotel: 702705
Hotel Lundia: 702706
Hotel Finn: 702707

Book by phone or email:
bokning@grandlundiafinn.se 
+46 (0)46 280 62 00

Grand Hotel website
Map to Banktorget 1, Lund

Elite Hotel Ideon

Price: 1 242 SEK including breakfast and VAT
Code: EVRACSI

Book by phone or email: 
reservation.lund-malmo@elite.se
+46(0)46-287 11 00

Elite Hotel Ideon website
Map to Scheelevägen 17, Lund

How to get to Lund

Information on how to get to Lund University.


This Conference is arranged by the EVRACSI Initiative at Lund University.

Questions?

For further details please contact:

Susanne Arvidsson, Associate professor: evracsi@ehl.lu.se  

Last published: 2020-02-13