Jersey Finance, KPMG and EMK Capital hosted a joint webinar, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm, on Wednesday 1 December.
Drawing on developments from the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, this webinar explored the topic of sustainability reporting and discussed some of the key trends, concepts, and frameworks.
How is the work of organisations and standard setters driving the convergence and standardisation of reporting? What opportunities and challenges does this create for our financial services industry – particularly in the funds sector?
During this event, we heard insights from Harry Briggs, Director, KPMG, currently on secondment to Accounting for Sustainability (A4S); Eva Vogt, Head of ESG & Impact, EMK Capital (recently recognised as part of the BVCA’s Excellence in ESG initiative); and David Postlethwaite, Sustainable Finance Lead, Jersey Finance, as they discussed a number of themes including the major drivers of the growth of non-financial reporting, the UK’s push to embed the TCFD recommendations into new sustainable disclosure requirements, how to put such disclosures in practice, as well as what this all means for Jersey as a forward-thinking jurisdiction.
David joined Jersey Finance in December 2017. Prior to this David worked as a transactional lawyer in London, Paris and Jersey. He has also worked for a Jersey trust company, assisting with the management, support and development of the Corporate team. He now helps Jersey to achieve its ambitions as a leading centre for sustainable finance. As Jersey Finance’s lead on sustainable finance, David is now helping to build and deploy a new strategy for Jersey, developed in collaboration with industry, key external stakeholders and leading ESG experts. Focused on reinforcing Jersey’s capacity and credentials for sustainable finance, this strategy puts the Island on an ambitious course to a position of leadership as a sustainable international finance centre. In 2021, David completed the University of Cambridge’s Sustainable Finance course, delivered by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Harry Briggs Director, KPMG
Harry Briggs is a Director of ESG Reporting and Assurance at KPMG, currently on secondment with Prince Charles’s Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) organisation to lead their ESG reporting project. Harry’s role is to develop a guide to ESG reporting by liaising with, and utilising the knowledge of, A4S’s extensive networks of CFOs, asset owners and accounting bodies. Harry was the only sustainability focused accountant named in “Accountancy Age’s” top 35 under 35 list in 2021 and is regular podcaster and writer on ESG topics. His client base is focused in the asset management sector and includes several London listed funds.
Eva Vogt Head of Impact and ESG at EMK Capital
Eva is Head of Impact and ESG at EMK Capital. She has 12+ years experience working in sustainable development across government, business and NGO sectors. She has been part of the analysis team for corporate sustainability index FTSE4Good and part of the management team for the AccountAbility Rating. She has delivered bespoke projects for the Sustainable Development Commission, The Prince’s Office, ARUP and Channel 4. She has coauthored sustainability and assessment reports for clients such as BP, Camelot, AXA, Mittal Steel and provided sustainability report assurance for John Lewis Partnership and Danisco. She spent four years working for an international reforestation NGO on strategy, corporate partnerships and impact reporting. Eva holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Durham University and an MProf. In Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future.