The IFRS Foundation Trustees have completed the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) membership with the appointment of former World Bank vice president Jingdong Hua as a second vice chair, effective October 2022.
Hua joins the ISSB leadership team which also includes Vice-Chair Sue Lloyd and Chair Emmanuel Faber. He will be based at the IFRS Foundation’s ISSB office in Montreal.
As former World Bank vice president and treasurer, Hua was responsible for green bond initiatives and sustainable finance capacity-building programmes. He also served as the Administrator of the World Bank Group Pension Fund.
Before joining the World Bank, he served as Vice President and Treasurer of the International Finance Corporation, where he led innovative bond issuances in several emerging markets. He has also previously served as Deputy Treasurer of the Asian Development Bank and has held positions at the United Nations Development Programme and the African Development Bank.
International collaboration in the ISSB’s development of IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards is essential in creating a system that can be implemented globally, resulting in a consistent approach across markets.
The ISSB plans to pay special attention to the needs of stakeholders in emerging and developing economies, as well as to smaller and medium-sized companies, including within global supply chains.
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The ISSB will tailor its requirements so they are proportionate and can be phased in to ensure global inclusion. To further support these stakeholders, the ISSB aims to design a comprehensive strategy for capacity building in the use of its Standards.
Hua will oversee the development and implementation of the ISSB’s strategies to support and include stakeholders in emerging and developing economies as well as small and medium-sized companies.
His role will complement the continued leadership role of the ISSB’s other Vice-Chair Ms Lloyd, who oversees the overall organisation of the ISSB’s work and its technical staff as well as the connection between the ISSB and the International Accounting Standards Board to ensure the two boards’ requirements are complementary.
Commenting on his appointment, Hua said: “Sustainability is a defining issue for our generation. I am thrilled to join the ISSB and look forward to working with partner organisations and institutions to deliver capacity-building initiatives on sustainability disclosures both internationally and with particular focus on emerging and developing economies.”
ISSB chair Emmanuel Faber said: “I’m delighted to have a complete team of ISSB members in place and look forward to working with this diverse and talented group of people. Our dual Vice-Chair model will enable us to equally focus and deliver on our two priorities: developing our Standards with a high sense of momentum through quality processes, and truly embedding global inclusiveness and adoption considerations in our work from inception.”