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90% of S&P 500 Index® Companies Publish Sustainability / Responsibility Reports in 2019

G&A Institute announces the results of its annual S&P 500 sustainability reporting analysis. 90% of the S&P 500 published corporate sustainability reports, an all-time high!  For almost a decade, Governance & Accountability Institute (G&A) has been closely tracking the trends in sustainability reporting and disclosure activities of the publicly-traded companies included in the S&P 500® index. 

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New publication: Comparing international sustainability reporting frameworks

The landscape for environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting, also referred to as “sustainability reporting” or “non-financial reporting”, has rapidly evolved in recent years. This evolution is occurring in response to demands from a wide range of stakeholders. The rapid development of an EU regulatory framework for sustainable finance is further driving the need for

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Sustainability reporting during Covid-19 times

The Covid-19 pandemic has made timely disclosures more important than ever but longer-term strategic matters must continue to be given due regard. SGX RegCo, Singapore’s stock exchange, shares the most important social aspects that should be included in sustainability reporting. Urgent action to deal with various business disruptions has characterised the first phase of corporate response

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THE A4S Essential guide to management information

This guide has been created to support finance professionals to integrate social and environmental information into their core management information processes. Business performance is no longer solely judged in terms of financials. So, the way decisions are made, and the information upon which they are made, needs to change. Decision makers therefore need to look

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How to move from CSR to ESG reporting

Most companies still stop short of reporting the impact of ESG issues on their financial performance The notion of CSR has been around for years, its history going back to environmental reporting. These reports were purely voluntary and boards paid little attention to them beyond the ‘good for you’ attitude. Most certainly, none of this

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ESG disclosures by companies fall short, according to GAO

Disclosures by public companies of nonfinancial information, such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, aren’t always “clear or useful,” according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO report noted that ESG information could be an indicator of its long-term financial performance, and investors have been asking companies to disclose more about

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New EPRA guidance aligns EPRA sBPR and TCFD reporting requirements

The European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) has published new guidance for listed property companies already reporting EPRA Sustainability Best Practice Recommendations (sBPR) to meet the reporting requirements of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The report, Enhancing transparency with the TCFD, provides practical case studies of businesses that have adopted TCFD recommendations.  It

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Tax Standard now available in nine languages

Translations of GRI 207: Tax 2019 increase global reach ​New translations of the GRI Tax Standard have been made available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Launched in December 2019, GRI 207: Tax provides the first global, public reporting standard for tax transparency. The Tax Standard is freely available for use by

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What Is the Connection Between SASB and the SDGs?

It has never been more clear that success in business depends on a thriving society and vice versa. The work of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) is designed to illuminate and account for the important interconnections between the two. That’s why, in response to growing investor interest, SASB recently mapped SASB standards to the

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How do companies foster a culture of health?

Resources in support of the Culture of Health for Business Framework​ GRI has launched a range of new resources to help companies integrate the Culture of Health for Business (COH4B) Framework within their sustainability reporting. COH4B is a holistic framework, endorsed by GRI, on the role of companies in impacting the health and wellbeing of their