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20 Juin 2023 – Conférence conjointe FRIENDSHIP ACADEMY – ESSCA – FOUNDRY : How much will sustainability reporting contribute to sustainability transformation?

How much will the CSRD* contribute to the urgently needed Sustainability Revolution?

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 – 10.45 am to 2 .30pm
ESSCA Luxembourg

The conference will discuss the challenges and the opportunities of the CSRD* – Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive – and will provide a comprehensive approach including business, politics and academia. In an overall context in which always increasing regulation and reporting requirements are often perceived as just another, additional, burden for businesses, it aims at shedding light on the substantive challenges and risks incurred and induced by unsustainable business practices as well as on the positive changes the directive can bring along.
The conference is the first in a series of events bringing leaders in the fields of cutting-edge business theory, innovation and climate action to develop a platform to engage our business community and convene expertise from around the world as we enter into a new paradigm of sustainability.

  • ESSCA School of Management has a long and unique tradition in creating knowledge and developing future managers and entrepreneurs who are fully aware of organisations’ human, ethical and economic dimensions. Founded in 1909 in Angers, France, ESSCA is a grande école specializing in business offering a wide portfolio of programmes and degrees in management, marketing and finance. ESSCA has 6 campuses in France (Aix-en-Provence, Angers, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris,
  • Strasbourg) and 4 international sites (Budapest, Luxembourg, Malaga, Shanghai). The campus of Luxembourg will welcome its first students at the start of the 2023 academic year.
  • Friendship International For now more than 20 years, the NGO Friendship has been working with vulnerable people in the most remote and climate affected communities in Bangladesh to help them transform their lives. Via its Friendship Academy project, the organization now aims to develop its academic activities, using 20 years of experience and practices, and to offer opportunities of learning to social entrepreneurs, CSR executives, corporates and of course the next generation of leaders, the students.

Foundry is the host of ESSCA in Luxembourg, and its official partner. Foundry convenes ecosystems globally to source and deploy innovation for addressing broader climate challenges in regions around the world.


10:45 Registration

11:00 Welcoming Remarks & Introduction – Dr Jean CHARROIN, Dean & CEO ESSCA School of Management

11:10 Roundtable Discussion
Mr. Antoine RECH, ESSCA School of Management, Luxembourg
Dr. Sonia CHIKH M’HAMED, ESSCA School of Management, Angers
Ms. Runa KHAN, Founder & Executive Director, Friendship International
Mr. James MONNAT, CEO of Foundry Europe, Luxembourg
Ms. Adriana BALDUCCI– Innpact
Mr. Marc ELVINGER, Chair Friendship Luxembourg

12:20 Discussion

13:00 Networking lunch


Address: ESSCA School of Management @Foundry – 38 Route d’Esch, 1470, Luxembourg
Contact: Antoine RECH, antoine.rech@essca.fr

How can the CSRD be a positive driver for your company’s growth?
Which opportunities does the CSRD present for transforming operations and accelerating change?
How much Transformation can Sustainability Reporting achieve through increased transparency, accountability and integrationof sustainability in decision making?
Which are the opportunities of CSRD for businesses due to enhanced stakeholder engagement, improved risk management,market differentiation … ?

Looking beyond the EU’s natural capital and EU citizen’s welfare: what’s Europe’s accountability towards the rest of the world?

What are the risks of inaction? Can there be interaction between the CSRD and the debate on Loss and Damages and itsactual implementation?

What’s next: moving from enhanced reporting requirements toward a duty of care?