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Key Sustainability Dates in 2024

From regulatory milestones to global conferences, the months ahead promise a variety of events. Below we'll delve into the important upcoming dates this year, expected to affect the corporate world:  

 

Disclaimer: some dates may be subject to change, or some events may not be listed as they are still not announced in the making of this blog post. 

 




January 2024 




January 1: The “first reporting phase” of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) in-scope companies must start reporting for the 2024 fiscal year, with the reports to be published in 2025.  


January 1 : Under the EU Taxonomy, the non-financial entities report eligibility and alignment for the previous calendar year. Financial entities report Taxonomy eligibility and alignment for the previous calendar year.  





January 15-19: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos 




January 24 : The EU Sustainable Investment Summit, Brussels  


January 23 – 25: Bern III Conference on Cooperation among the Biodiversity-related Conventions for the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) 


February 2024 




February 12 – 17: Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP14)  


February 27 – March 1: 6th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6)  




February 12-14: GreenBiz 24 Annual event for sustainable business leaders in the US 


February 20-21: Responsible Investment Forum in New York  



March 2024 







March 4-6: Economist Impact Sustainability Week in London 

 

 


Q1 2024: Corporate Knights Global 100 most sustainable corporations rankings announced  



April 2024 




April: Expected US SEC Climate Disclosure Regulation will issue requirements for companies to report on their greenhouse gas emissions and other climate matters 


April 1: GRESB Real Estate Assessment opens  


April (typically): Dow Jones Sustainability™ Index (S&P Global CSA) survey opens (two-month reporting window varies by company)  


April (typically): CDP portal opens  




April 21 – 30: 4th session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-4)  


May 2024 




May 28 – 30: Nairobi Convention COP 11   





June 2024 

 



Deadline for adoption of sector-specific European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) for reporting under the CSRD. However,  the European Commission included in its 2024 Work Program proposal to postpone the deadline for the sector-specific ESRS to allow stakeholders time to adapt to new requirements.  

 

June 30: Deadline for Financial Markets Players to submit second report under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. From this point onward FMPs must include year-on-year comparisons in reports.  


June: FTSE4Good Index Series semi-annual review




June 3 – 5:2nd Global meeting of the Montevideo National Focal Points  


June 17 – 12: 3rd session of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on a Science-Policy Panel to further the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution  





July 2024 




July 1: GRESB Real Estate Assessment closes  


July 6: Deadline for EU Member states and European Economic Area Countries to transpose the CSRD in their national legislation.  


July (typically): CDP portal closes  




July (typically): United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress (UNGC CoP) submissions close  





September 2024 




September 24: High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 




September (typically): Economist Impact ESG & Climate Risk Week  


Q3 2024: Corporate Knights Global 100  portal opens and closes 


October 2024 




October: GRESB Real Estate Assessment results available  




October: National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), including national targets, are due by COP16.  


October 21 – 23: 26th Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia Intergovernmental Meeting (COBSEA IGM 26)  


October 21 – November 1: The 16th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity  takes place in Colombia 




October 9-10: Produrable in Paris  


October: Net Zero Europe 2024 in London  



October: Sustainable Investment Europe 2024 in London  



October (typically): Ethisphere® World’s Most Ethical Companies applications close  


November 2024 




November – December (typically): UN Climate Change Conference (COP29)  


November 4 – 5: 4th Global High-Level Ministerial Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 


November 25 – December 1: 5th session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment  

 

Plastic Pollution Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-5) convenes in Busan, Republic of Korea, as part of UNEA-5.2's resolution for a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. With a comprehensive approach covering the plastic life cycle, the aim is to complete the work by the end of 2024.  


December 2024 




December: By the end of 2024, the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) is expected to be approved.  


December: Regulation on Deforestation-free Products (EUDR) expected to apply. The EU’s new rules on deforestation-free products guarantee that the products placed on the EU market or exported from it do not originate from deforested land or have not contributed to forest degradation. 


December: By the end of the year U.S. Federal Trade Commission's updated Green Guides 

are expected to update the definition of “greenwashing” for business and marketing in the US.  


December: FTSE4Good Index Series semi-annual review 


December (typically): CDP scores released  


December (typically): Dow Jones Sustainability™ Index (S&P Global CSA) membership update  


Q4 2024: ISS Benchmark Policy Guidance released 




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