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Supporting SMEs with sustainability information

Hybrid event

Supporting SMEs with sustainability information

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) report that their larger value chain partners and finance providers are increasingly asking them for sustainability data to fulfil regulatory requirements. The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D) leave most SMEs out of their scope, but their indirect impact in small businesses – which often operate with limited know-how and resources – is still significant.

MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP/Finland) and Accountancy Europe jointly organise this event to discuss

  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data requests that SMEs are getting from financial institutions and large value chain partners
  • voluntary initiatives such as the planned non-listed SME standard for sustainability reporting, the OECD’s work and industry-led initiatives
  • SMEs’ support requirements for their sustainable transition

Speakers:

  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, EPP/Finland, European Parliament
  • Olivier Boutellis-Taft, CEO, Accountancy Europe
  • Merete Clausen, Director, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)
  • Miriam Koreen, Senior Counsellor on SMEs, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Hilde Rutten, CEO, BergHOFF Belgium (SME)
  • Ángel García, Member of the Sustainable Finance Committee, the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG)

Programme

  • 17:00 - 17:10

    Welcome & keynote speech

    MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen

  • 17:10 - 17:20

    Presentation: European Commission's work to support SMEs

    Merete Clausen, DG GROW

  • 17:20 - 17:35

    Presentation: OECD’s work on a template for sustainable finance

    Miriam Koreen, OECD

  • 17:35 - 18:40

    Panel discussion: can we develop a common sustainability data format for SMEs?

    Moderator: Olivier Boutellis-Taft, Accountancy Europe
    Merete Clausen, DG GROW
    Miriam Koreen, OECD
    Hilde Rutten, BergHOFF Belgium (SME)
    Ángel García, ESBG

  • 18:40 - 18:55

    Fireside chat: immediate reactions to the panel discussion and lessons learnt

    MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen & Olivier Boutellis-Taft, Accountancy Europe

  • 18:55 - 19:00

    Closing remarks

    MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen