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FLASH REPORT: 86% of S&P 500 Index® Companies Publish Sustainability / Responsibility Reports in 2018

 The Governance & Accountability Institute (G&A) research team determined that eighty-six percent (86%) of the companies in the S&P 500 Index® published sustainability or corporate responsibility reports in the year 2018. This research effort marks G&A Institute’s eighth annual monitoring and analysis of sustainability responsibility reporting of the large-cap companies in the S&P 500 Index® — one of the most widely recognized

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SustainAccounting Launches World’s First Triple Bottom Line Certification

At the heart of the Certified TBL program is its advocacy of multicapital- and context-based Triple Bottom Line accounting, still new to most organizations but rapidly emerging as the gold standard for measurement and reporting. This week, SustainAccounting LLC launched its Certified Triple Bottom Line (TBL) program for organizations — the world’s first certification program for integrated TBL measurement and

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Trying to Implement the TCFD Recommendations? SASB Can Help!

SASB standards are shaped in large part by the invaluable input we receive from companies, investors, and other key market participants. The feedback loops built into our due process ensure the standards are cost-effective for companies to implement and the information they yield is decision-useful for investors. In addition to these benefits, our ongoing engagement with the

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Review of the universal Standards

The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), the independent standard setting body of GRI, is launching a project to review the universal Standards. The review will consider revisions for the three universal Standards that are applicable for every organization preparing a sustainability report: GRI 101: Foundation 2016, GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016 and GRI 103: Management Approach 2016.  An online survey is

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Update to Chinese translations of GRI Standards

Additional Chinese translations of the GRI Standards, the world’s most widely adopted sustainability reporting framework, are now available. ​The recently updated versions of two Standards — ‘GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018’ and ‘GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018’ – have been published in Simplified and Traditional Chinese. The Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese translations can be downloaded free

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The Big eBook of Sustainability Reporting Frameworks

EcoAct published the ‘Big eBook of Sustainability Reporting Frameworks’. The e-book catalogues 26 of the major mandatory and voluntary frameworks, standards, methodologies and permits for businesses. It includes a summary of who reports, what is required and the benefits of each framework. This eBook catalogues some of the major voluntary and mandatory environmental frameworks. For each we include a high-level analysis of the

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B Lab, UNGC Developing Tool to Help Businesses Chart Their SDG Progress

The SDGs touch on issues that require companies to rethink their approaches to value generation. So, B Lab is working with the UN Global Compact to develop a tool to help companies chart their next decade of progress on the SDGs. In the face of global challenges that threaten our planet and societies, the United

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Two Steps Forward Wall Street, ESG and the Wild West

The world of environmental, social and governance, or ESG, reporting in corporate circles and among mainstream investors seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. Each week brings new reports, tools and other developments in the field. Case in point: Last week, Walmart released its first Environmental Social & Governance Report, which seems to be the

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UNEP FI and 20 institutional investors launch new guidance to implement TCFD recommendations

Twenty institutional investors from eleven countries convened by the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) launched comprehensive investor guidance to help assess how climate change and climate action could impact investor portfolios around the world. These assessments enable investors to be more transparent about their climate-related risks and opportunities in line with the recommendations from

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Putting Your Best Foot Forward with Investors: Reporting CRE ESG Data in Four Steps

We’ve entered a new era of sustainability reporting, one characterized by the need for high quality, context-based, decision-useful information. Having clear and concise data helps improve decision making, accelerates the accomplishment of goals and enables transparency across organizations and stakeholders, including investors. The importance of investors’ scrutiny of a company’s ESG profile continues to increase.