2022 CARE Conference - 21 & 23 September

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The world has changed a great deal since the 2021 conference on Accounting for Sustainability and Responsible Investing. The goals of the Paris Agreement, ESG, CSR, and responsible investing remain as important today, and global warming is still a threat; but energy and food crises, as well as war in Ukraine, have shifted political priorities and the attention of the world. For many countries, the Agreement is simply no longer a critical topic. It is more important than ever we continue to work towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Due to the inherent uncertainty in arranging meetings at COP27, the 2022 CARE Conference, Accountability in a Sustainable World, was again held during New York Climate Week in conjunction with Sustainable Investment Forum North America 2022. The Forum is the largest finance forum during Climate Week NYC, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI). The Sustainable Investment Forum North America is run in official partnership with UNEP-FI, with the mission to mobilize sustainable investment towards a 1.5°C world. The Sustainable Investment Forum North America convenes a global online audience representing asset owners and investment managers, institutional investors, pension funds, banks, development banks, policymakers, think tanks, and NGOs to continue to build the momentum for sustainable finance and responsible investment. For more details on the Sustainable Investment Forum North America conference, please visit https://events.climateaction.org/sustainable-investment-forum-north-america/

The 2022 virtual Accountability in a Sustainable World Conference aired September 21 & 23, and included 12 plenary speeches, 4 panel discussions, and 12 contributed talks.  Climate Week NYC 2022 marks its 14th year as the largest global climate event of its kind, bringing together the most influential leaders in climate action from business, government, and the climate community in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly. The conference convenes at a critical juncture, six weeks ahead of COP27, where the commitment to deliver on the promise of $100bn annual funding for developing nations will be center stage, with private finance becoming a crucial part of that promise. 

Building upon the incredible success of the 2021 conference, Accountability in a Sustainable World is the leading conference in the accounting for sustainability and responsible investing academic research space. To catch up, visit the 2021 Conference page. https://care-mendoza.nd.edu/research-resources/accounting-for-sustainability-and-responsible-investing/. The 2022 conference formed a firm foundation for the exchange of ideas about pressing questions surrounding investment, assurance, measurement, regulation, and target setting which have the potential to be answered/informed by academic research. The organizers of Accountability in a Sustainable World recognize the immediate need for dialogue among academics and practitioners about sustainability, accountability, measurement, assurance of the measures, data to inform (responsible) investment decisions and accountability in setting of personal, corporate and public sector goals. The aim of Accountability in a Sustainable World is to meet this need. The accompanying journal, Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly, will advance the creation and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of issues of topical practical relevance through the publication of rigorous, peer-reviewed, research and thought-pieces written by cutting edge academics and practitioners.  

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The goals of the conference, as well as the journal, are to (1) build and strengthen the links between academia (both teaching and research) and practice, (2) encourage younger academics by providing an opportunity to present their work to both other academics and practitioners, and (3) provide opportunities for practitioners to communicate with academics and influence their work. The journal will be cross-disciplinary, with a focus on measurement, assurance of the measurements, and use of the measures.  

Why virtual? you may ask. As with other CARE conferences, this conference brings together accountants, finance-professionals, law-professionals, law-makers, standard-setters, economists, investors and scientists as well as academics from the sciences, accounting, finance, law and economics.  The main goal sets a research agenda for many emerging scholars which addresses key issues related to accounting for sustainability and responsible investing.  The conference must have a large global reach, and virtual is the best way to share these insights; we look forward to your participation in the discussion of the critical issues facing accounting for sustainability and responsible investing. 

The 2022 Conference Organizers and Founding Editors of Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly are

  • Jan Bouwens: Amsterdam Business School 
  • Peter Easton: Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame 
  • W. Robert Knechel: Warrington College of Business, University of Florida 
  • Shiva Rajgopal: Columbia Business School 

The Conference Manager, and Managing Editor of the journal is Lorie Marsh, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame. Please direct all questions to lmarsh1@nd.edu.

 

Wednesday,  September 21

Welcome and Introduction Peter Easton, Notre Dame Alumni Professor of Accounting, University of Notre Dame; Editor-in-Chief, Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly; Academic Director, Center for Accounting Research and Education

Bridging the Gap:

A Key Message from Academia 

  • Andrew Karolyi, Harold Bierman, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management; Charles Field Knight Dean, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

A Key Message from Practice

  • Wilhelm Mohn, Global Head of Corporate Governance, Norges Bank Investment Management (NGIM)
 

Plenary Speaker –  Svetlana Klimenko, Advisor, World Bank Governance Global Practice 

Plenary Speaker –  Richard Robb, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Plenary Speaker – Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance; Academic Director, Centre for Corporate Governance (CCG), London Business School

 

Panel - Investment in a Sustainable World

Moderator: Shiva Rajgopal, Kester and Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing, Columbia Business School

  • Eivind Lorgen, Independent Board Chair and Investor
  • Robert Eccles, Founding Chairman, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and Visiting Professor of Management Practice; Saïd Business School, University of Oxford 
  • Gerald Garvey, Managing Director, Blackrock


Spotlight – Ethan Rouen, Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Faculty Co-Chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project, Harvard Business School

Spotlight – Joseph Johnson, Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Central Florida

 

Plenary Speaker –  Thomas Kamei, Executive Director, Counterpoint Global | Investor, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Plenary Speaker –  Rakhi Kumar, Senior Vice-President of Sustainability Solutions, Liberty Mutual and Shiva Rajgopal, Kester and Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing, Columbia Business School

Plenary Speaker –  Aniket Shah, Managing Director and Global Head of ESG and Sustainability Research, Jeffries Group LLC

 

Panel -  Assurance and Measurement in a Sustainable World

Moderator: W Robert Knechel, Distinguished Professor and Frederick E. Fisher Eminent Scholar; Director, International Accounting and Auditing Center, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida

  • Marc Siegel, Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services, EY, Former Member Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, Former Member International Accounting Standards Board
  • Roger Simnett, Professorial Research Fellow, BL Deakin Business School
  • Finn Kinsendal, Head of Department IRRR, NHH Norwegian School of Economics
  • Sebastian Dingel, Audit & Assurance | Internal Controls Assurance | Sustainability Assurance Partner, Deloitte Germany

 

Spotlight – Frederic Barge, Managing Director, Reward Value

Spotlight – Paul Griffin, Distinguished Professor of Management, Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis

Spotlight – Anup Srivastava, Canada Research Chair and Full Professor, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

 

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Friday, September 23

Plenary Speaker – Robert Kaplan, Senior Fellow, Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus, Harvard Business School and Karthik Ramanna,  Professor of Business and Public Policy, Director of the Master of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Plenary Speaker – Geoffrey Heal, Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia Business School

Plenary Speaker – Lars Pedersen, Professor and Co-Head of the Centre for Sustainable Business, NHH Norwegian School of Economics 

 

Panel -  Regulation in a Sustainable World

Moderator: Colleen Honigsberg, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

  • Joe Grundfest, Senior Faculty, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School, Former SEC Commissioner
  • Robert Jackson, Pierrepont Family Professor of Law, Co-Director of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance, and Director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy, New York University School of Law, Former SEC Commissioner
  • Satyam Khanna, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and ESG, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Allison Lee, Former Acting Chair and Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Robert Stebbins, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
 

Spotlight – Khrystyna Bochkay, Associate Professor, University of Miami

Spotlight – Steven Orpurt, Clinical Professor of Accounting, Arizona State University and Nicole Holden, PhD Student, Arizona State University

Spotlight – Jurian Hendrikse, PhD Candidate, Tilburg School of Economics and Management

 

 Plenary Speaker – Jennifer Motles, Chief Sustainability Officer, Philip Morris International  

Plenary Speaker – Jacob Soll, University Professor and Professor of Philosophy, History and Accounting, University of Southern California, Author of The Reckoning: Financial Accounting and the Rise and Fall of Nations  

 

Panel -  Target Setting in a Sustainable World

Moderator: Jan Bouwens, Professor of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam  

  • Tom Gosling, Executive Fellow of Finance, London Business School
  • Frank Verhoeven, CEO, Vos Logistics 
  • Juliette Gaussem, Head of ESG Reporting, Signify  
 

Spotlight – Florian Berg, Research Associate, MIT Sloan School of Management                        

Spotlight – Marcel Metzner, Research Affiliate, University of Oxford 

Spotlight – Christian Hofmann, Professor of Accounting and Control, LMU Munich School of Management

 

Closing Remarks - Peter Easton, Notre Dame Alumni Professor of Accounting, University of Notre Dame; Editor-in-Chief, Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly; Academic Director, Center for Accounting Research and Education

 

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