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Entering a Decade of Action: Making the SDGs a matter of priority

As we enter 2020 the clock is ticking louder than ever before when it comes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While progress has been made since the SDGs were launched in 2015, we are not advancing at the speed or scale required. In recognition of this, the United Nations has called for 2020 to

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New integrated thinking model underpins leaders’ vision for a more sustainable world

As the World Economic Forum convenes around ‘stakeholders for a cohesive and sustainable world’, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) today [Tuesday 21 January 2020] presents a new model for integrated thinking that encourages long term, sustainable decision-making, enabling businesses to play their roles as stakeholders of a sustainable world. The report, ‘Integrated Thinking & Strategy: State of

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UN Sustainable Development Goals Disclosure Recommendations

A report published today offers a new approach for businesses on how to improve their corporate reporting on some of the biggest global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change. The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) sit at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provide the blueprint for a more sustainable

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How the GRI’s new standard for transparency in reporting tax can help raise money for SDGs

With the IMF estimating that companies avoid paying $600bn in tax each year, a global standard on tax transparency is long overdue, argues Tim Mohin of the Global Reporting Initiative The media attention in recent years on tax-related scandals, highlighted by the Panama Papers, has heightened concerns around the tax practices of companies, in particular

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Only 10 years to achieve Sustainable Development Goals but businesses remain on starting blocks for integration and progress

Analysis by PwC of over 1000 published reports from listed, private and public sector organisations, highlights that with only ten years to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is a great deal of work to be done if business is to contribute meaningfully to national efforts.  PwC’s annual assessment of public reporting on the

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More than 100 companies using SASB standards

ESG reporting group looking to enhance its standards by focusing on human capital management and other emerging material issues It’s been one year since the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) launched its 77 industry-specific reporting standards, and the non-profit says 120 companies are now using the standards in their ESG reporting. SASB launched its standards in

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Improving reporting on modern slavery

GRI and Responsible Labor Initiative launch new toolkit​ A toolkit to advance reporting on modern slavery has been published by GRI and the Responsible Labor Initiative, an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance. The resource provides guidance on increasing the effectiveness of corporate reporting, underpinning the transparency and accountability needed to support global efforts towards

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A buyer’s guide to assurance on non-financial information

By providing external validation of disclosures, and of the processes undertaken in producing those disclosures, assurance can increase the confidence of capital providers and other stakeholders using non-financial information to guide their decision-making. But what is assurance? How does it work? And how is it beneficial to users of nonfinancial information? This ‘Buyer’s guide to

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The Art of AlignmentSustainability & Financial Transparency

Corporate transparency has evolved and progressed considerably in the last three decades. Public expectations of the private sector have shifted also, with greater emphasis being placed on corporate purpose beyond profit. Investors in particular are increasingly requesting sustainability performance data. Companies are responding to stakeholder demands by communicating how the company is generating long-term value.

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Framework consultation launches to drive uptake of nature-related financial disclosure globally

CSDB launches consultation to advance the disclosure of nature-related financial information in the mainstream report and explore the role of the CDSB Framework in this process. With momentum building for climate-related financial disclosure, there is a growing imperative for environmental issues to be reported in an integrated way. The Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) announces