CEBC Sustainability Reporting Workshop

Tuesday, March 18, 8:00 AM
Steve Starbuck

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Reporting for Stakeholders while Building a Competitive Advantage

Join us for a workshop on sustainability reporting led by Steve Starbuck, EY’s (Ernst & Young) national practice leader for sustainability services, based in North Carolina. Co-sponsored by Financial Executives International (FEI), this program is designed for sustainability executives, reporting practitioners and financial executives.

The practice of sustainability reporting, although not quite the "new kid on the block," is still in its early years as more pressure is brought to bear on companies to disclose environmental, social and ethical performance and risks. Leading edge companies see sustainability and reporting as an opportunity to gain strategic advantage; others feel compelled to catch up because of new regulations, demands from their customers, or pressure from competitors.

As the discipline has emerged, different approaches or frameworks to guide and structure reporting continue to be developed: the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), to name a few. At the same time, companies are struggling to find an approach that fits their particular situations, wrestling with how to integrate this discipline into major business decisions and communicating effectively with diverse stakeholders.

Starbuck will help you and your company explore and make decisions on a number of key questions related to sustainability and reporting, whether you are just starting to consider reporting or already have a reporting track record. By the end of the program, you will know:

  • What is a sustainability report?
  • Why report? What are the drivers? Who is asking for reports? Does reporting matter? How is creating a sustainability report useful in managing my business and enhancing our strategic position?
  • What are the different reporting frameworks and key distinctions among them? How do their definitions of materiality differ?
  • What strategic factors should my company consider in developing a report? How do we get started if we’ve never done this?
  • What makes a strong and useful sustainability report? How can we evaluate the value of reports our company develops?
  • Looking ahead, what’s on the horizon in the next 2-3 years?

The workshop will be moderated by David Rodbourne, CEBC’s vice president. A light continental breakfast will be served.

Expert Presenter:

Steve Starbuck, Partner, EY LLP

Steve Starbuck is partner and EY LLP’s Americas Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) Leader. Starbuck oversees the development and implementation of climate change and sustainability competencies throughout the US, Canada, and Latin America, extending to clients through EY’s core services: assurance, advisory, tax and transaction advisory services. Starbuck is also a member of EY’s Global Conflict Mineral Steering Committee and oversees a team of professionals with competencies in sustainability, forensic technology, assurance and supply chain that assists clients in complying with the complex disclosure rules associated with conflict minerals in their supply chains. In addition, Starbuck helps manage the firm’s relationships with sustainability related organizations, such as the Focal Point USA of the Global Reporting Initiative, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Corporate EcoForum and the US Green Building Council. Starbuck, who is based in Charlotte, NC, serves on the board of Envision Charlotte, a public-private collaboration focusing on positioning Charlotte as a global model for environmental sustainability.

About Our Co-sponsor:

This program is being co-sponsored by the Twin Cities Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI). CPE Ethics credits for this program have been applied for and are pending approval. Learn more about FEI.


Registration Fee
CEBC Member Companies: No Charge (see if your company is a CEBC member)
FEI-Twin Cities Members: $30
Others: $50

Event Details:
Tuesday, March 18, 8:00 AM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall
Room 252
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Presented/Sponsored by CEBC.

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