Date: June 15th, 9h-13h (9 am-1pm) Lunch will be provided.
Location: Linklaters LLP, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ. See here for a map.
This program is invitation only. Please email Amelia Miazad, Director of Berkeley Law’s Initiative on Corporate Responsibility at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost to participate.
OVERVIEW OF TOPICS
The objective of this roundtable is for Berkeley Law to identify the barriers to sustainability disclosure and areas of legal scholarship that would advance sustainability disclosure. We are holding this in London to compare the practices of European regulators, issuers and investors with those of the United States and Asia.
At this roundtable we will discuss:
1) The myriad of global standard setters, rating organizations and organizations that collect data on sustainability disclosure
2) Voluntary practices and mandatory disclosure requirements (including the EU Directive on the Disclosure on Non-Financial and Diversity Information)
3) Guidelines for determining the types of information that issuers should disclose and the manner in which that information should be disclosed, including:
– considerations of the appropriate definition of materiality as applied to sustainability
– the relationship between sustainability disclosure and capital market (financial) disclosure including the pros and cons of stand-alone versus integrated disclosure
– the value of specific line-item disclosure requirements
– the costs and benefits of sustainability disclosure for issuers, investors and others
4) How to improve the comparability, transparency and reliability of sustainability disclosures
Our goal is to include participants from a range of perspectives, including corporate officials responsible for sustainability disclosure, inside counsel, investor relations representatives at companies, investors who use sustainability disclosures in making investment decisions, sustainability standard setters, organizations that collect and report on corporate sustainability practices, policymakers and academics.