The Materiality of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Performance
12 August, 2010 | (01 hr)
In our last Special Webcast on Corporate Sustainability we discussed the latest developments in The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Future of Integrated Reporting. During that discussion, Suzanne Fallender, Director of CSR Strategy and Communications at Intel, noted that the challenge faced by companies moving toward integrated reporting is "the difference in how materiality for ESG is defined versus materiality for financials...Financial materiality means something very specific.”
In this webcast we will have an in-depth discussion on the meaning of materiality, how it has evolved (and continues to evolve) in financial reporting and how this can, or cannot, apply effectively to materiality determination of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risk. Why is the issue of materiality central to creating an integrated report? What will it take to establish materiality of ESG in such a manner to satisfy all stakeholders, and at a minimum the financial services industry? Who has a stake in this discussion and who is currently at the table? What are leading organizations doing and how can companies get involved? How are leading companies addressing this question and what processes and useful frameworks that are being used? What are the main hurdles and how can these be overcome? How would we define success here?
This webcast will focus on:
- The further explanation of integrated reporting and how it is being done by companies today.
- The importance of the materiality determination to an integrated report, given the different definitions of materiality and the institutional history behind each determination of materiality.
- Which (GRI) performance indicators do investors consider "material"?
- What is the evidence for ESG materiality in independent scholarly research?
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