Sustainability Reporting, Climate Change, and Human Rights

Join us for an afternoon exploring updates in the future of sustainability reporting and climate change litigation in Australia. Discover practical strategies to enhance data accuracy, transparency, and stakeholder engagement, moving beyond mere compliance to achieve excellence and mitigate litigation risk. Gain valuable insights into the intersection of climate change and human rights, looking into the landmark Klimaseniorinnen V Switzerland case.

Wednesday, 21 August 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $213.50

Kate Green, Partner, Norton Rose

3.00pm to 4.00pm Climate Change and Human Rights: A Consideration of The Klimaseniorinnen V Switzerland Case and Potential Implications for Businesses in Australia


  • An overview of the key issues in the Klimaseniorinnen case
  • The increasing relevance of human rights-based arguments in climate change litigation
  • Other international developments in relation to human rights and climate change, including the impact of the EU CSDDD
  • Lessons learned from the global landscape and implications for businesses in Australia (including in the context of the modern slavery review)

Presented by Sarah Martin, Consultant, Gilbert + Tobin


Attend and earn 2 CPD units in Substantive Law
This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

2.00pm to 3.00pm Sustainability Reporting in Australia: A Tipping Point


  • Sustainability reporting and impact on legal/professional services industry
  • Mandatory Climate Related Reporting - impact of climate change
  • Practical implementation pitfalls of sustainability reporting 
  • Discuss successful approaches from other jurisdictions
  • Discuss practical advice for data accuracy, transparency, and stakeholder engagement to mitigate litigation risk
  • Sustainability as a strategic priority

Presented by Andrew Rigele, National Managing Partner (ESG), Grant Thornton and Samantha Sing Key, Director Sustainability Reporting, Grant Thornton


Andrew Rigele, National Managing Partner (ESG), Grant Thornton
Andrew is a highly experience auditor with experience in external audit, business risk services, due diligence and technical financial reporting. This experience has been gained in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. Andrew works predominately in the health an aged care sector, providing external audit services and solutions on compliance and governance. Andrew is also responsible for coordinating the partner led audit and other associated assurance services to meet the requirements of his diverse portfolio of clients. This includes audits of privately held businesses, not-for-profit organisations and publicly listed companies. Andrew has experience in ESG, sustainability and integrated reporting with a knowledge of the international frameworks, standards and accepted methodologies. He uses this expertise to assist clients with their sustainability strategy, and in particular their reporting, which meets the needs of their stakeholders as well as the standards.

Kate Green, Partner, Norton Rose
Kate Green is a regulatory and corporate disputes lawyer based in Sydney. Kate focuses her practice on complex domestic and international disputes, regulatory investigations and prosecutions and internal corporate investigations. Kate advises clients on contract and shareholder disputes, Corporations Act and securities issues, statutory claims including misleading and deceptive conduct and anti- bribery, corruption and fraud risks. Kate regularly advises clients in respect of ASIC investigations and financial services regulatory compliance. Kate's practice spans the financial services, pharmaceutical, mining and commodities and aviation industry. In addition to practicing in Australia, Kate is admitted to practice in New York and spent time working for a global law firm in New York City advising on global anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions and export control investigations and prosecutions as well as cross-border disputes.

Sarah Martin, Consultant, Gilbert + Tobin
Sarah is a special counsel in the Disputes & Investigations group and advises corporates and financial institutions on their business-critical disputes, including litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations. Sarah has significant experience of advising clients facing or anticipating cross-border regulatory and corporate investigations in relation to a wide range of issues including financial and non-financial misconduct, financial crime and anti-money laundering as well as ESG litigation risk. Sarah provides comprehensive advice on managing business risk and immediate crisis response as well as developing practical longer-term responses. She also has experience advising clients on navigating compliance obligations and corporate governance issues, including in relation to emerging ESG regulation. Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, Sarah worked in the disputes team of a large global law firm across their London, Moscow, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices. During her time in Tokyo, she spent 14 months on secondment to the in-house legal team of a leading Japanese trading company. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Law (England and Wales), a Master of Arts in English from Jesus College, Cambridge and is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Hong Kong SAR.

Samantha Sing Key, Director Sustainability Reporting, Grant Thornton
Samantha is Director of sustainability reporting at Grant Thornton Australia. She is a core member of multiple Grant Thornton International sustainability reporting subject matter experts groups and leads the technical interpretation and implementation of Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards (ASRS) for Grant Thornton Australia. Samantha is at the forefront of the technical complexities and practical implementation of sustainability reporting standards locally and internationally.


Sustainability Reporting, Climate Change, and Human Rights


Single Session
Wednesday, 21 August 2024
2.00pm to 4.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 2
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $213.50
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