Materiality

optimizing performance

This is the third in our Tech Talks series which take place on the second Thursday of every month.

Tech Talks provides a window on the work of the Technical Committee – what global experts are debating and the answers that are emerging.

Determining materiality means identifying the issues that matter to a user for making decisions with
a specific purpose.

 

For the SDG Impact Standards:

  • The issues are impacts.
  • The users are those experiencing the impacts to their well-being or those required to act in their interests that result from an organization’s work.
  • The decisions are to provide resources to organizations or, within organizations, to produce products and services.
  • The purpose is to contribute positively to sustainability and the SDGs to maximize the well-being of people and planet.

 

The SDG Impact Standards guide that the approach for determining materiality should be designed to result in a complete list of stakeholders and the impacts that matter to them – this should form the basis for making decisions.

 

SOURCE: Standards Guidance for the SDG Impact Standards for Enterprises

This event was aimed at:

  • Board, Audit, Risk and Sustainability Committee members
  • CEOs, CFOs and executive management
  • Legal counsel and compliance officers
  • Sustainability officers
  • ESG practitioners

What you will learn

forewarned is forearmed

This webinar was intended to equip attendees with the ability to explain the SDG Impact approach to materiality determination and to understand the considerations for such in the context of the international sustainability reporting standards.

Watch this webinar to learn how to:

  • Explain the SDG Impact approach to materiality determination, and
  • Understand the considerations for such in the context of  the international sustainability reporting standards.

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Expert Guests

Peadar Duffy

Global ESG Practice Lead at Archer Integrated Risk Management

Chair of the Technical Committee

Peadar Duffy is Archer’s Global ESG Practice Lead, and is responsible for leveraging his thought leadership in the organizational risk and governance domains to provide strategic direction and collaboration across Archer’s internal and external partners in the design and development of Archer’s ESG solutions. 


He currently represents Ireland on the ISO technical committees for Risk Management (TC 262) and the Governance of Organisations (TC 309) where he is involved in the development and revision of various guidelines, reports and technical specifications.


Most recently Mr. Duffy had been involved with other international experts in the development of the first global governance guideline which emphasizes organizational purpose and other ESG-sustainability principles underpinning performance and long-term viability. Mr. Duffy began his 25-year career in risk management spanning multiple industry sectors in Ireland, the US and Middle East following 15 years in the Irish military.

Fabienne Michaux

Director, SDG Impact UN Development Programme

Member of the Advisory Committee

Fabienne is Director, SDG Impact – a United Nations Development Programme flagship initiative in its Sustainable Finance Hub. SDG Impact was established in 2019 to accelerate the mobilisation of private capital towards sustainable development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 through the development of market intelligence tools and management standards, training and capacity building programs and other market building activities. 

 

She is a member of the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing. In 2019-2020 she co-chaired the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative’s working group on making better decisions (standards, data, frameworks and tools) and was a contributing author of the final report: Australian Sustainable Finance Roadmap: A plan for aligning Australia’s financial system with a sustainable, resilient and prosperous future for all Australians (2020). She was also a working group member of the G7 Impact Taskforce.  

 

Fabienne previously enjoyed a 30-year executive career, including 22 years with S&P Global in the Global Ratings division where in her final role she was the Head of Developed Markets Asia-Pacific. She is also an experienced non-executive director who holds, and has held numerous board positions in the social housing, education, financial and arts sectors.

Jeremy Nicholls

Founder of Social Value International

Co-chair of the Social Value International Board

Jeremy Nicholls is the Assurance Framework lead for the UNDP SDG Impact Standards and is an ambassador for the Capitals Coalition (a global collaboration to integrate sustainability into business decision making) where he co-chairs the Value Commission and is researching the relationship between financial and non-financial reporting.

 

Jeremy represents Social Value International and UNDP on different ISO technical committees and is also a non-executive director of the FRC Group, a social enterprise in Liverpool. He is a member of A4S’s expert panel and a member of GRI’s due process oversight committee. He contributes regularly to Pioneers Post on why financial accounting needs to change.

 

Jeremy originally qualified as a chartered accountant, including time as the Finance Director for Tanzania Railways. After four years as a house parent, he became involved in social enterprise, sustainability and regeneration, and was one of the founders and then CEO of Social Value International.

Lourdes Montenegro

Director of Research and Digitisation

World Benchmarking Alliance

Lourdes leads on the research and digitisation strategy for the organisation, to deliver globally inclusive frameworks, quality data, and impactful insights across all benchmarks from climate to finance.

 

Previously, Lourdes led the strategy for WBA’s digital sector transformation work since inception, including the development of a framework for the Digital Inclusion Benchmark which now assesses 200 of the world’s most influential digital technology companies.

 

Before joining WBA, she worked as an economist at the Statistics Division of the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Lourdes was trained and working as an academic environmental economist before shifting focus towards technology and telecommunications policy.

 

Lourdes has almost two decades of experience delivering data-driven and policy-oriented projects for industry clients, UN agencies and governments. Lourdes hails from the island of Cebu in the Philippines. 

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