On 11 June 2024, a meeting dedicated to sustainable business development took place in Poznań, focusing on new regulations such as the CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) and CS3D (Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive) as well as the ESRS (European Sustainability Reporting Standards). Beata Kozyra, Director of ESG at Grant Thornton Frąckowiak, discussed key aspects related to these regulations, emphasising the importance of the double materiality principle. She explained that this principle requires the analysis and reporting of both the impact of the company’s activities on the environment and society, and the impact of external factors on the company’s operations. She also highlighted the challenges that companies implementing ESG strategies may face, such as lack of experience or limited resources, as well as the opportunities associated with sustainable development, including improving the company’s reputation and increasing competitiveness.

Following this, Agata Dondziak, ESG Solutions Manager at Santander Bank Polska, discussed the banking sector’s approach and requirements regarding ESG. She pointed out how building a competitive advantage is possible through sustainable development and presented tools that support companies in their green transformation, as well as the benefits derived from sustainable projects. The next speaker was Anna Gorączka, a sustainability expert and leader from Allegro, who presented a case study of the latest ESG report from the Allegro Group, focusing on preparations for CSRD reporting. In an accessible and understandable manner, she outlined specific actions and strategies used by Allegro, which can serve as a model for other companies preparing to meet the new ESG regulations. She demonstrated, through a practical exercise, that the meeting participants are essentially ready to take on this challenge. The meeting concluded with a discussion, during which participants had the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences and insights. We thank the speakers, the City of Poznań, and Przestrzeni+1 for co-organising this successful event.