· Niall Fitzgerald of Chartered Accountants Ireland devoted a whole section of his presentation to sustainability standards and what organisations need to do to be sustainable.
· Ciaran O’Carroll of’ ‘Change by Degrees’ laid emphasis on training to manage climate risk at the company level. Specifically, he recommended having in-depth training so that companies can calculate the financial impacts that climate change will have on assets and liabilities.
· Dearca Dennis of EY argued that the significance of sustainability is increasing. I quote Dearca – “People don’t want to be associated with something that isn’t sustainable.”
· Maureen O’Donnell of ‘Business in the Community Ireland’ emphasised the importance of acting on climate action; emphasising how it impacts on so many other dimensions of business,
· Deirdre Ahern, Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin, pointed out that increasingly sustainability is something that affects so many areas.
During the Q&A Session questions were also raised about sustainability and climate change. It is not that these two issues dominated the proceeding; areas such as ESG and reporting standards were also addressed. But sustainability and climate change certainly held centre stage. For that reason, I focused on them for these reflections.