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How Can the Finance Function Respond Better?

22 January, 2020 | (01 hr)

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As sustainability has become an increasingly essential component of corporate performance, having comprehensive metrics surrounding your organization's sustainability practices are more critical than ever. Even central banks are considering how environmental considerations should drive financial supervision and even monetary policy.

Yet despite its increasing importance, The Economist recently showed that the current state of sustainability metrics reporting is strongly lacking.

Join this interactive discussion as we focus on:

  • The current state of sustainability analytics;
  • How useful are these metrics for financial reporting;
  • What are some best practices organizations are using to improve their sustainability reporting; and
  • Is there a role for public policy to set standards?

Who Should Attend: Those with an interest in the economic, business, and policy direction of the US and global economy


Claus Aagaard

Claus Aagaard
Chief Financial Officer
Mars, Incorporated

Claus Aagaard was appointed as CFO in 2016, after having worked 15 years in multiple positions in the company. Claus has an extensive background in finance, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

Beyond the numbers, Claus is widely admired for his strategic thinking and leaders...Full Bio

Brad Sparks

Brad Sparks
Director, US Chapter
A4S CFO Leadership Network

Brad Sparks is the Director of the US Chapter of the A4S CFO Leadership Network. Previously, Brad served as Executive Director, Clients & Markets at KPMG, working with clients to integrate sustainability, respond to sustainability-related risks, and assess corporate sustainability performance...Full Bio

Paul Washington

Paul Washington
Executive Director, ESG Center
The Conference Board

Paul Washington is a recognized leader with a distinguished career in the ESG space. Before joining The Conference Board ESG Center, he served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc. He also served as Chief of Staff for the company’...Full Bio

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (Moderator)
Executive Vice President & Chief Economist
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is executive vice president and global chief economist of The Conference Board, a global business research think tank headquartered in New York...Full Bio

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