Co-hosted by WBCSD and ICAEW 15:00 - 16:00 20 November, this webinar will be an opportunity to learn more about the topic of assurance, incorporating the perspectives of those who hire assurance providers, as well as the assurance providers themselves.

This webinar will:

  • Explain assurance in simple terms
  • Address some of the common misconceptions about assurance
  • Set out key considerations to help companies procure assurance services that are ‘fit for purpose’


John Ward is an experienced assurance practitioner including 39 years delivering internal and external audit and advisory services including ten years specializing in non-financial statement assurance. He currently holds non-exec roles in several bodies and chairs the Audit and Assurance Innovation Panel at ICAEW.

Mario Abela, Director, Redefining Value, at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development leads a number of initiatives aimed at helping companies to focus on longer term and sustainable value creation. He is a CPA and Chartered Management Accountant. His expertise is in corporate reporting and he has held senior management positions in both the private and public sectors in Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Abela has extensive regulatory and standard setting experience. He is a visiting professor at IESEG School of Management in Paris. He is also an expert advisor to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on corporate reporting and has been involved in developing indicators for reporting against the SDGs.

Date: 20 Nov 2019

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