The World Benchmarking Alliance at COP27

WBA at COP27

Egypt is hosting the annual UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, from 6 November – 18 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, where world governments and civil society will come together to coordinate global action on climate and assess where urgent actions are needed to drive progress.  

Driving corporate accountability is crucial to accomplishing the agenda of COP. The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) will join forces with Allies and other stakeholders to oversee business and financial sector transition pathways and progress. At COP27, WBA will publish the results of the Financial System Benchmark and host several crosscutting multistakeholder conversations on just and low-carbon transition, climate finance and sustainable food systems.  

Our WBA COP27 events

WBA along with our Allies and partners will host a variety of side events at COP27. We will also have WBA experts as featured speakers at various events in the Blue and Green Zones. We invite you to engage with us on our COP27 agenda to drive corporate accountability on achieving global climate and financial system transformation goals.  Please continue to check this page for updates as more event details are added to the agenda.

List of events

Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Delivering Shipping’s Just Transition: Maritime Just Transition Task Force Launch

10:00 – 11:00 AM EET, Blue Zone, ILO Just Transition Pavilion 

This event features the launch of the Maritime Just Transition Task Force position paper with a high-level opening followed by a multistakeholder panel convening industry, workers, and governments.

Event link here

IFRS Consolidation and Corporate Reporting Ecosystem

14:00 – 15:00 PM EET, Blue Zone, Turkish Pavilion 

Benchmark launch assessing US$125 trillion of financial institution assets’ progress on the SDGs, WBA Financial System Benchmark

15:30 – 17:00 PM EET, Blue Zone, European Investment Bank/ Benelux Pavilion 

The high-level launch event will feature the results of WBA’s Financial System Benchmark that assesses 400 leading financial institutions on their progress towards a just and sustainable net zero economy.

Livestream available here

Thursday, 10 November 2022

What credibility for corporate climate commitments? The necessary assessment of corporates’ transition plans and adaptation plans

10:30 – 11:30 AM EET, Blue Zone, IFDD Pavilion 

Climate Leadership Summit: ESG and climate financial risks

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EET, Blue Zone, Park Regency

The summit will convene a leading network of public and private sector stakeholders to enhance ambition and catalyse action for the net-zero transition. 

Role of ISO standards in voluntary and mandatory programs of carbon accounting

17:00 – 20:00 PM EET, Blue Zone, Italian Pavilion 

Friday, 11 November 2022

Actioning a just low-carbon transition: respecting human rights in business to achieve the Paris goals

12:15 – 13:15 PM EET, Blue Zone, Danish Pavilion 

A panel session that will convene companies and human and labour rights experts to explore best practices by companies in addressing the human rights and social impacts of the low-carbon transition.

Saturday, 12 November 2022

Driving accountability for the Food Industry: Conducting national benchmarking assessments for the food industry in Low- and Medium-Income countries

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM EET, Blue Zone, Food4Climate Pavilion 

This session showcases how projects in India, Bangladesh, South Africa and beyond are using the ‘Food Industry Benchmarking Toolkit’ to conduct assessments of companies on their environmental, nutritional and social impact, and will explore how stakeholders can leverage the data on both a national and global scale to accelerate food systems’ transformation. 

Event link here

A Scorecard for Decarbonisation: Where do the World’s Most Influential Transport Companies Stand? 

14:30 – 15:30 PM EET, Blue Zone, SDG Pavilion 

This proposed multistakeholder side event will launch WBA’s new Transport Benchmark, which assesses 90 of the most influential companies in the sector across maritime, air, rail and heavy transport on Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement.

Livestream link here

Monday, 14 November 2022

How can companies step up their ambition to contribute to an inclusive transition?

13:00 – 14:00 PM EET, Blue Zone, We Mean Business Pavilion – Auditorium A 

This session aims to explore perspectives on the role of companies in contributing to a just transition, presenting WBA’s just transition insights and bringing together voices from the private sector from across various regions; from specialists in human rights and company performance; and from the investor perspective on just transition. It will explore through speaker presentations and discussion with attendees how companies can strengthen their contributions to a just transition that promotes gender equality and inclusion of vulnerable groups.  

Event link here: COP27 Business Pavilion – We Mean Business Coalition 

Delivering climate resilient food systems during multiple crises and fragility

13:15 – 14:45 PM EET, Blue Zone, Osiris Room

Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Financing A Just Transition

12:00PM EET, Innovation Zone

Delivering Transparency and Transformational Change in Food Systems: How the G7 Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative is working to meet young people’s demands for sustainable and resilient

This fireside chat will discuss how companies of the G7SSCI are progressing on their pledge to improve the holistic impact of their operations and supply chains, bringing in youth and government voices to explore how we can work together to create transparent systems where those that don’t move are held to account. 

17:15 – 18:00 PM EET, Blue Zone, Food Systems Pavilion 

Event link:  Champion – Food Systems Pavilion 

Facilitating private and public coordinated actions towards deep decarbonisation – Lessons from ACT-DDP project – FFEM

17:30 – 18:00 PM EET, Blue Zone, IDFC

Description: This event will showcase ACT-DDP project results and key learnings to stimulate replicability of the project in Latin America. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2022

How can financial institutions transform to meet the needs for climate financing?

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EET, Blue Zone, We Mean Business Pavilion – Auditorium B 

Description: This panel session aims to explore perspectives on the role, responsibility and accountability of financial institutions in financing the climate transition, following the public commitments made at COP26. 

Event link here

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