Location: Etc Venues, Marble Arch, London - W2 2EA

Registration: 9:00

Event: 10:00 to 17:00

Join us on 1 December in London for a dynamic discussion on sustainability performance and reporting, and the role of standards.

This free event will bring together thought leaders and practitioners in sustainability performance and reporting. It seeks to determine how BSI Knowledge Solutions can help those looking to improve and report their sustainability performance.  

The event will be hosted by Penny Walker and will provide a unique opportunity to review and debate the key findings of new BSI-commissioned research conducted by Elaine Cohen. Penny Walker is a sustainability specialist and facilitator for change. Elaine Cohen is the founder of Beyond Business and an expert on sustainability strategy and reporting.

Your expertise, knowledge and opinions matter to us, and will enable us to gain a better understanding of how standards and BSI, in its capacity as the UK’s National Standards Body, can:  

  • Identify the key challenges in reporting sustainability performance
  • Build upon existing efforts to standardize sustainability reporting
  • Work with key stakeholders to deliver market-focused solutions 

In a dynamically facilitated session that builds on your experiences as well as new research, we will explore questions such as:

  • What are the key issues in sustainability performance and reporting, and how can they be addressed?
  • Can standards and standardization help?
  • What opportunities exist for collaboration between BSI and interested stakeholders? 

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at sustainability thought-leaders, senior practitioners and managers, and those accountable for strategic decision-making. 





Registration, refreshments


Welcome - David Fatscher, Head of Market Development – Sustainability, BSI


Introduction to the day and each other - Penny Walker, Independent Facilitator

We will confirm the aims and flow of the day, and agree how we would like to work together.  An opportunity to share your own experiences of sustainability performance and reporting and your interest in this field.


Standards as enablers - about the BSI project and its findings so far

David Fatscher, Head of Market Development – Sustainability BSI;

Miles Watkins, BRE Group Business Development Director, BRE;

Elaine Cohen, Founder and CEO Beyond Business.

We will hear short presentations about the government-funded project BSI is undertaking on sustainability performance and reporting, and about the key findings of the research commissioned as part of this project. 


Morning Networking Tea & Coffee break


What are the significant features of the sustainability performance and reporting landscape?

In small groups, we will build on the research and people’s own experiences to identify the significant features of the sustainability performance and reporting landscape.   


Exploring the significant features of the landscape

Conversations will aim to flesh out the insights, and explore what helps organizations do well or gets in the way of them doing more, in relation to those findings.  Discussion topics will include: the lack of a process standard on materiality; gaps highlighted by the Sustainable Development Goals (health and well-being, gender equality); the lack of standards that work for smaller organisations; other topics prioritised by the group




Ways forward and recommendations

Having shared the outputs from earlier discussions, we will look at the recommendations for discussion in the pre-reading material, and discuss which we like and which we don’t like.  Additional recommendations can be proposed.  We will identify those recommendations which have broad agreement, those where there is a divergence of view and the ones that we think are most important to take forward. 


Afternoon Networking Tea & Coffee break


Ways forward and recommendations

We will work in small groups before the break, and share that thinking as a whole group after the break.


Closing session

Confirming decisions, actions and immediate next steps.


Event closes

We look forward to welcoming you, and having a productive and inspiring conversation.  

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