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May 24 2024

Sustainability Conference discusses global basis for sustainability reporting

How can sustainability reporting become internationally comparable?

FRANKFURT. How can sustainability reporting become internationally comparable? How do sustainability and reporting obligations feature in research? These and other questions will be the focus of the Sustainability Standards Conference 2024, which will take place on Monday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Casino Building, Room 1.811, Goethe University.

The conference organizers – the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE , Goethe University Frankfurt, the IFRS Foundation and the Accounting Standards Committee of Germany [Deutsches Rechnungslegungs Standards Committee], with the support of the House of Finance and Deutsche Börse Group – invite you to the event, which will address topics related to the current standard-setting activities of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) both from a practical and an academic perspective. 

The conference will be held in English.

The panel discussions and presentations will address the following questions: How can global comparability of sustainability reporting be achieved? What is the current state of research? What are first experiences from practice? How do sustainability disclosures affect policy makers' agendas? How can sustainable business models, investment decisions and reporting requirements be shaped in the future? 

The conference will be opened by Goethe University President Prof. Enrico Schleiff and Hesse's Finance Minister Prof. Alexander Lorz. In addition to ISSB chairman Emmanuel Faber and his deputy Sue Lloyd, other ISSB board members and employees will also offer insights into their work. Speakers include Dr. Stephan Leithner (Deutsche Börse AG), Prof. Axel Weber (Center for Financial Studies), Prof. Kerstin Lopatta (University of Hamburg, Vice Chair of the EFRAG SR Board), Prof. Tobias Berg (Goethe University Frankfurt), Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese (Senkenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center), Adam Pradela (DHL Group), Mark Vessen (KPMG) Gülşah Günay (KGK) and Prof. Loriana Pelizzon (SAFE). Current research findings on an improved corporate carbon accounting and the relevance of biodiversity data for investors will be discussed by Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (University of Mannheim) and Prof. F. Alexander Wagner (University of Zurich).

It will be possible to join the conference online. Please register at

Further information:
Ursula Albrecht
Administrative Koordinatorin des SAFE Policy Centers
Leibniz-Institut für Finanzmarktforschung SAFE an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

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