KPMG ROMANIA SRL

  |  2013-05-16

Yvo de Boer, KPMG global special advisor, presented at KPMG Romania’s conference on Sustainability in business

The conference “Sustainability: A Business Performance Improvement Opportunity”, organized by KPMG in Bucharest, on 16 May, focused on the need to integrate sustainability considerations within economic development strategies, both by the private and public sectors and highlighted the need to increase transparency related to non financial disclosures.

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The event benefited from the participation of Mr. Yvo de Boer, KPMG’s Special Global Advisor on Climate Change and Sustainability, and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

 

Mr. De Boer led the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat between 2006 and 2010. He has been involved in climate change policies since 1994, helping to prepare the position of the European Union in the lead-up to the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol, and assisting in the design of the internal burden sharing of the European Union.

 

With much attention currently focused on short-term economic and financial uncertainty, addressing longer-term non-financial risks requires political focus, public support and international cooperation, which are currently in short supply.

 

KPMG in Romania’s conference brought together representatives of the Romanian Government, local public administration, leaders of companies, business associations, public institutions, business advisory companies and the media. Speakers included Mr. Serban Toader, Senior Partner of KPMG in Romania and Moldova, Mr. Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG International, Mr. Wim Bartels, Partner, Global Head of Sustainability Assurance, KPMG Netherlands, as well as Mr. Mugurel Rădulescu, Public Affairs & Communication Manager, Coca-Cola Hellenic.

 

 

Mr. De Boer states: “Global challenges, from population growth and resource scarcity to water shortages and a changing climate, are creating an ever more complex operating environment for businesses worldwide. Companies need to manage the risks and grasp the opportunities of these challenges to build long-term business value and growth. Although it is the role of governments to provide the necessary policy frameworks and enabling conditions, businesses must deliver the necessary innovation and solutions.”

 

Additionally, Mr. de Boer comments: “It is a real pleasure to visit Romania and participate in this conference. Sustainable development is a critical issue for emerging markets, where businesses naturally want to grow, but at the same time need to take account of their impact on the environment and the communities in which they operate. It is encouraging to see that an increasing number of Romanian companies understand the importance of non-financial reporting whether they do this as a separate exercise or as part of an integrated reporting process.“

 

 

Serban Toader adds: “We are delighted to welcome our special guests to the Sustainability Conference organized by KPMG in Romania. They bring significant knowledge and experience on climate change, sustainability and environmental policies. These topics are becoming increasingly important for all organizations and many business leaders acknowledge that sustainability influences the future development of their companies. At KPMG, our member firms are building teams that have in-depth insight and skills, which can open up new opportunities for their clients and help them with an increasingly complex web of corporate governance and reporting requirements, emerging regulation and taxes.”

 

“Within KPMG in Romania, sustainability is a core element of our policies and planning, and we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. For instance, we have stringent targets on cutting our carbon emissions and have been successful in reducing them significantly in recent years as a result of a number of initiatives such as more paperless working and decreasing energy consumption,“ adds Toader.

 

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