Workshop on the Future Direction of the Corporate Reporting Model
13 October 2014
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

The workshop will discuss current challenges in corporate reporting and ways to address them in order to provide fair and useful information on enterprise economic activities, as well as activities on corporate social responsibility, environment protection, corporate governance, and impact on sustainable development. It will bring together lead international experts on accounting and reporting, key policy makers, regulators, standard-setters, international and regional organizations, professional accountancy organizations, accounting firms, academia, investors, preparers of corporate reports, and civil society.

In particular, the following questions will be debated:

  • What are the main current challenges for corporate reporting and specific implications emanating from post-2015 development agenda?
  • What are the main existing reporting models and how they address these challenges?
  • What are major achievements, good practices and lessons learned in the area of financial reporting, non-financial reporting and integrated reporting in the context of sustainable development?
  • How to ensure that corporate reporting provides its critical input towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals?

Opening remarks: Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Introductory remarks: Tatiana Krylova, Head, Enterprise Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Session 1 This session will focus on the role of business and corporate reporting in addressing major challenges of global development agenda
Moderator: Nelson Carvalho, Professor, University of Sao Paulo

Robin Edme, President, The Group of Friends of Paragraph 47
Yuki Yasui,Deputy Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
Vania Maria da Costa Borgerth, Advisor to the CEO, Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)


Session 2 This session will discuss major trends and initiatives in corporate reporting models to address issues of sustainable development
Moderator: Yoseph Asmelash, Economic Affairs Officer, Enterprise Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Peter Clark, Technical Director, International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
Paul Druckman, CEO, Integrated Reporting (IIRC)
Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Lois Guthrie, CEO, Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB)
Ian Hicks,Chair of Best Practices Board Members, eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL)
Nancy Kamp-Roelands, Deputy Director, International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board(IAASB)

Lunch break

Session 3 This session will discuss issues, good practices and main challenges of preparing reports on sustainable development issues
Moderator: Jim Obazee, Chief Executive, Financial Reporting Council Nigeria (FRC)

Paul Thompson, Director, Global Accountancy Profession Support, International Federation of Accountants(IFAC)
Michel Scholte, External Affairs Director,True Price
Peter Bakker, CEO and President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Vincent Kaufmann, Deputy CEO, Ethos
Richard Martin, Head, Financial Reporting, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Robert Hodgkinson, Technical Director, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Douglas Johnston, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, E&Y
Tomo Suzuki, Professor Accounting and Sustainability Management, University of Oxford


Session 4 The way forward: this session will be a moderated debate on future direction of corporate reporting model.

Moderator: Carol Adams, Professor, Monash University, Australia


Concluding remarks: Tatiana Krylova, Head, Enterprise Branch, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD