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We are pleased to announce that the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has appointed Lourdes Martín, Technical Director of Sustainability and Climate Change for SGS in Spain, to its Expert Working Group (EWG) on Environment.

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Lourdes was selected from a number of high quality candidates, whose applications were carefully considered and analyzed under the supervision of EFRAG Board President Jean Paul Gauzes.

The European Commission's proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) provides for EFRAG to develop draft European sustainability reporting standards, using proper due process, public oversight and transparency, and with the expertise of relevant stakeholders. As an EWG member, Lourdes will provide input on the drafting of these standards.

Lourdes brings with her extensive expertise in issues regarding sustainability and the environment. She has a master's degree in environmental engineering from EOI in Madrid. Since 2003, she has worked for SGS, where she previously took on project manager and project director roles in wastewater studies, environmental impact assessment, environmental authorizations and environmental risk assessment.

In her current position as technical director, Lourdes has been coordinating verification activities for the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint and Zero Waste. She is also working on the development of new projects related to environmental assessment and sustainability, such as Zero Waste verification and the design of sustainability strategies. Additionally, Lourdes has performed certification audits under the European Water Stewardship standard.

This appointment will provide Lourdes with an opportunity to use her knowledge and experience to ensure the effectiveness of sustainability reporting within Europe. She states, "Improving sustainability reporting standards is essential, not only for companies' success but for building a better world and society."

For further information, please contact:

Ana Viñado Huguet
Sustainability and Climate Change Manager in SGS Spain
t: +34 690613797

About EFRAG

EFRAG's mission is to serve the European public interest by developing and promoting European views in the field of financial reporting and ensuring these views are properly considered in the IASB standard-setting process and in related international debates. EFRAG ultimately provides advice to the European Commission on whether newly issued or revised IFRS Standards meet the criteria in the IAS Regulation for endorsement for use in the EU, including whether endorsement would be conducive to the European public good.

EFRAG seeks input from all relevant stakeholders, and obtains evidence about specific European circumstances, throughout the standard-setting process and in providing our endorsement advice. Its legitimacy is built on transparency, governance, due process (which may include field tests, impact analyses and outreaches), public accountability and thought leadership. This enables EFRAG to speak convincingly, clearly and consistently, and be recognized as the European Voice in financial reporting.

EFRAG is operating in a fast evolving environment and cares about adapting its activities and its governance to meet the opportunities and challenges of corporate reporting.

About SGS

We are SGS – the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. Our 93,000 employees operate a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories, working together to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world.