Net Zero & Nature Positive Theatre (Keynote)

The ISSB & How Asia Comes into Play

Day 2 : 16:20 – 16:35

At COP26 the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation announced the creation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), with the aim of providing a comprehensive global baseline of high-quality sustainability disclosure standards focused on enterprise value. 

Two years on, what has been done and what is yet to come? How does Hong Kong and Asia come into play? 


  • What opportunities exist for businesses in Hong Kong and Asia to partake in developing the region into a hub for engagement, cooperation, capacity building and innovation – in line with the ISSB’s creation of a global baseline of sustainability disclosures? 
  • How is the ISSB enhancing global presence and facilitating stakeholder engagement and capacity-building activities for economies in the Asian region and beyond?  
  • How is ISSB addressing the challenges organisations face in adhering to disclosure standards, if at all?  


Post-Event Actions 

  • Seek further understanding of how the ISSB’s standards will drive globally consistent, comparable and reliable sustainability reporting, and pertinent implications for your company. 


Jamie Allen

Secretary General

Jamie Allen is the founding Secretary General of the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), an independent membership association carrying out original research, advocacy and education on corporate governance in Asia since 1999. A published author, he has more than 30 years of experience writing about Asian business, finance, and economics. Prior to founding ACGA, he was a consultant providing customised research to multinational companies. From 1992 to 1995, he was editor of Business Asia for the Economist Intelligence Unit and a contributor to The Economist magazine from 1994 to 1996. He is one of the main authors of Awakening Governance: The evolution of corporate governance in China and CG Watch 2020 – Future promise, two reports published by ACGA in July 2018 and May 2021 respectively.

Jamie is the local convenor for the Sustainability and Climate Action Task Force (SCATF) formed in February 2022 by the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong. His past public service roles include being a member of the Public Shareholders’ Group, formed by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), sitting on the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and serving on the Operations Oversight Committee of the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong.

In 2017, he received an International Corporate Governance Network Lifetime Achievement Award and a Regional CG Recognition Award from the Minority Shareholders Watch Group of Malaysia.

He is a graduate of the Australian National University, Canberra, where he received a BA (Hons) in political science and Chinese language. He studied Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan from 1983 to 1984