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The S in ESG: Best practices and way forward?

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, Frank Bold, and Shift invite you to join a discussion on how to advance the adoption and use of relevant indicators to assess companies’ social impacts and risks.

Frank Bold, Shift and the Thomson Reuters Foundation are organising an online discussion on why the S is important and how to identify and develop more meaningful indicators of companies’ ‘social’ risks and performance, that can both help business to better measure and report their impact and give investors greater insight into which companies best meet their expectations.

While assessing and managing environmental impacts and risks is widely recognised as critical for the resilience and long-term sustainability of both companies and investment portfolios, it has taken the realities of a global pandemic to build recognition of the similar relevance of companies’ social risks and impacts. This online event will focus the discussion on the importance of prioritising social risks and what is needed for companies and investors to  most effectively measure and communicate how well they anticipate, manage and reduce business impacts on people and society. It will provide insights on relevant policy and regulatory developments and related implications for companies and investors looking to better understand these social issues. 

This debate will take place in the context of unprecedented acceleration of efforts to advance and harmonise sustainability reporting and governance frameworks, by the EU, IFRS Foundation and U.S. SEC.



Introduction: Giulia Corinaldi, Director of Inclusive Economies, Thomson Reuters Foundation


Keynote: John G. Ruggie, Former Special Representative for Business & Human Rights to the UN Secretary General, Berthold Beitz Professor at Harvard's Kennedy School and Chair of Shift


Panel Discussion - Lessons from best practice and Q&A: Why is the S important to measure, how is it possible and what makes a good and meaningful indicator? 

  • Irit Tamir, Director Private Sector Department, Oxfam America 

  • Lauren Compere, Managing Director & Director of Shareowner Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management 
  • Julie Vallat, Vice President Human Rights, L'Oréal

Moderated by: Caroline Rees, President and Co-Founder, Shift


End note: Tom Dodd, Team Leader, Sustainability Reporting, DG FISMA, European Commission 


Closing remarks: Filip Gregor, Head of Responsible Companies Section, Frank Bold

Date: July 1, 2021
Time:14:00-15:30 BST / 15:00-16:30 CET

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