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The Need for a Multi-Stakeholder Global Dialogue

The future of corporate reporting, and ultimately the future of global markets, will rely on successfully aligning and mainstreaming sustainability reporting, writes Ian Mackintosh, chair of the Corporate Reporting Dialogue (CRD). In October last year, the CRD – an initiative bringing together the major corporate reporting standard setters and framework providers globally – welcomed the

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AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, speaks to the key trends driving sustainability performance

AccountAbility CEO, Mr. Sunny Misser, spoke with Mr. Matthew Bechard, Senior Vice President of Communications at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit), about the key trends shaping business in 2019. Mr. Misser reflected on the changing role of sustainability in business in recent years. Highlighting AccountAbility’s 7 Sustainability Trends for 2019, he identified the following

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SASB, CDSB Partner on How-To Guide for Climate-Related Disclosures

Sustainability standards setters release implementation guide for complying with TCFD recommendations for communicating about climate-related financial risk. In June 2017, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) published recommendations for climate-related financial risk disclosures in mainstream corporate filings. More than 600 organizations have publicly expressed support for the recommendations but many have cited a need for

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Time for trash talk

In the face of a growing global waste crisis, new corporate reporting disclosures are being developed by GRI to help organizations better understand and communicate their waste impacts. International recognition of the need for action on waste is increasing. The scale of the issue – from the effect of plastics in marine ecosystems to the

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What investors actually want from sustainability data

To account for the effects of a world in flux, more investors are pursuing strategies that consider relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, an approach known broadly as sustainable investing. In 2017 alone, assets managed through such an approach increased by 37 percent, according to Bloomberg. Despite the swell in interest, sustainable investing is by

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Update to French translation of GRI Standards

Updates to two documents — ‘GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018’ and ‘GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018’ – have been translated. They are now available to any French-speaking organization using the GRI Standards. All of the French translations can be downloaded free of charge on the GRI website. This translation was carried out by

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Non-financial reporting is the future of audit

Tidal waves of global growth, our heavy dependence on fossil fuels, and our constant need for innovation have led us to a world of inconsistencies and widening gaps between underdeveloped and developed countries. Our world is fracturing, and the fractures are growing bigger and bigger. In a report released in 2018 by Oxfam, 82% of the wealth

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SEC issues rules for listed firms’ reports on sustainability

THE SECURITIES and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formally launched the sustainability reporting guidelines for publicly listed companies (PLCs), which will be required to submit their sustainability reports starting next year. “With the issuance of the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines… SEC has high hopes that PLCs would not only be made aware of sustainability but would make

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AccountAbility Releases Arabic Translation of the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018)

AccountAbility has released the Arabic translation of its latest sustainability management framework and guidance document – the AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018).  The AA1000AP (2018) serves as the foundation of the AA1000 Series of Standards, and offers an informed update to the firm’s internationally accepted, principles-based approach to sustainability management for the 21st century. The AA1000AP (2018) is the