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Next steps for corporate governance: event discusses sustainability, boards and investment


30 Jun 2020



ACCA was a proud partner of the 25th European Corporate Governance Conference, organised virtually by EY the Independent Directors Association, and the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA) , under the auspices of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


The virtual event Sustainability, Boards and Investment: What's next for Corporate Governance? can now be accessed here 


Discussions reflected the impact of COVID-19 on corporate governance, with over 600 participants joining online from more than 60 countries around the world.


Jimmy Greer, ACCA’s head of sustainability was speaking alongside eminent decision-makers and standard setters including Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice; Dražen Bošnjaković, Minister of Justice of Croatia; Paul Tang, Member of the European Parliament; and Mathilde Mesnard, deputy director for Financial and Enterprise affairs, just to name a few.


Jimmy spoke on the panel about Corporate Governance trends in the EU: recognising financial, social and environmental performance for sustainable future’, moderated by  Maija Laurila, Head of Company Law Unit, DG JUST, European Commission, and joined by MEP Paul Tang, Richard Gardiner from Global Witness and Damir Vandelic, President of the Supervisory board of INA d.d.


Jimmy Greer says: ‘The conference was a superb call to action for all to ‘up their game’ in light of the challenges ahead. The need to take on the impacts of Covid-19, alongside other sustainability emergencies, requires systemic thinking combined with greater precision and rigour around social and environmental impact management to create action that transforms economies - with intention. And does it fast.’


To respond to challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Commission has proposed an unprecedented Recovery plan for Europe. For ACCA, the new European Commission proposal for a post-pandemic recovery plan Europe's moment: Repair and Prepare for the Next Generationwhich  includes a new initiative in 2021 on sustainable corporate governance, to ensure environmental and social interests are fully embedded into business strategies,  is an essential and long overdue starting point to help us all build back better.


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For media enquiries, contact:


Cecile Bonino-Liti, ACCA Brussels
Tel:+32 (0) 2 286 11 37
Mob: +32 (0) 493 29 17 66


Notes to Editors


About ACCA: ACCA is the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. We’re a thriving global community of 227,000 members and 544,000 future members based in 176 countries that upholds the highest professional and ethical values.

We believe that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society that supports both public and private sectors. That’s why we’re committed to the development of a strong global accountancy profession and the many benefits that this brings to society and individuals.

Since 1904 being a force for public good has been embedded in our purpose. And because we’re a not-for-profit organisation, we build a sustainable global profession by re-investing our surplus to deliver member value and develop the profession for the next generation.

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