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The ISSB Impact: A briefing on the IFRS Foundation and its work to establish the ISSB

Your chance to hear from a senior executive of the IFRS Foundation on the role that the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) disclosure standards will play in reshaping the sustainability reporting landscape, in Australia and globally.

McBrien, an Australian who is based in London, has played an active role in establishing and

overseeing the work of the ISSB.

For more than a decade, she was managing director of the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), an international consortium of business and environmental NGOs that was consolidated into the IFRS in January last year.

She is also a former Global Reporting Initiative Stakeholder Council Member.

McBrien has a deep knowledge of the problems arising from the current fragmented disclosure system, and of the importance of developing a standardised approach that can boost transparency, comparability and value for all stakeholders.

This Sydney event comes at a critical juncture.

The final versions of the first two ISSB standards – on sustainability and climate – are due to be released towards the end of June.

The IFRS is also about to start consultations on its future priorities and on its approach to revising Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards.

This event is hosted by the Council that represents Australia's business sustainability leaders – the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia.

"We are honoured to have Mardi McBrien deliver this year's Fiona Wain Oration," said the Council's chief executive, Andrew Petersen.

"Her extensive experience and insights into sustainability reporting make her the ideal speaker to update sustainability and climate change professionals on the vital work being done by the IFRS Foundation and the ISSB," Petersen said.

The annual Oration honours the late Fiona Wain, the Council's chief executive from 1999 – 2010.

The Oration has previously been delivered by speakers including Maryna Saprykina, chief of Ukraine's Centre for CSR Development, Peter Bakker, chief executive of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Maria Atkinson, then chief executive of the Green Building Council of Australia, and Ken Henry, then chair of the National Australia Bank.

For more details about this year's oration contact the Council's communications manager, Leigh Murray on

About BCSD Australia

BSCD Australia is an Australian coalition of more than 70 private and public organisations

advocating for progress on sustainable development.

Its mission is to be a catalyst for innovation and sustainable growth in a world where resources are increasingly limited.

The Council provides a platform for companies to share experiences and best practices on

sustainable development issues and to advocate for ambitious action, working with

governments, non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations.

Its members include leading Australian businesses from all sectors, and public sector

enterprises and institutions, as well as industry and community organisations.

The Council's members jointly have more than 100,000 employees.

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