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Professor Brendan O’Dwyer (ABS Accounting section) recently delivered a keynote talk at the high-level Misum (Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets) Annual Forum 2021.

This year’s theme was 'Responding to climate change - challenges and possible solutions' hosted by Misum at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Brendan’s presentation at this meeting focused on global efforts to standardise climate change risk reporting. He points out that this is currently a ‘phenomenally complex area that needs to be made manageable for preparers and users.’  His presentation drew on the initial outcomes of a major sole-authored research project based on engagements with multinational CFOs, and senior board members of companies such as Blackrock, Bloomberg, and JP Morgan Chase. The research project also involved consultations with senior leaders in The Financial Stability Board (FSB), the EU Commission, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Priority

O’Dwyer’s presentation comes at a time when solutions for climate change are a high priority in the corporate sector. He was one of five academic speakers invited to present, sharing the (online) podium with Samuel Fankhauser, University of Oxford, Elke Weber, Princeton University, Laura Starks, University of Texas at Austin, and Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University. The 8 October presentation can be viewed online.