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Integrated reporting in India: 2019

Over the past few years, India has seen remarkable progress in corporate reporting and disclosures. Investor requirements, societal expectations and introduction of regulations have all contributed towards transparency and broadening of corporate disclosures beyond traditional financial parameters. One key driver was the circular issued in 2017 by the Securities Exchange Body of India (SEBI) that

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ESG reporting and benchmarking in the Infrastructure sector moves into the mainstream

GRESB, the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark for real assets, has released the results for the 2019 GRESB Infrastructure Assessment.    Participation has increased again in 2019 as the sector responds to the growing investor demand for standardized and validated ESG data to assess the sustainability of their infrastructure funds and assets.   The Infrastructure

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FLASH REPORT: 60% of Russell 1000® Are Publishing Sustainability Reports, G&A Institute’s 2018 Inaugural Benchmark Study Shows

Governance & Accountability Institute (G&A) announces the results of its inaugural study on the 2018 sustainability reporting trends of the companies in the Russell 1000 Index®.  This research expands G&A’s annual studies, conducted for the last eight years, of the S&P 500® companies to include the next 500 largest companies in the US Capital Markets. G&A Institute’s

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ESG disclosure is not one way

Fund managers are also responsible for setting expectations on how companies should disclose ESG information Fund managers integrating ESG factors in their strategies often cite the lack of quality data. A number of them believe that there are various limitations in using third-party data, while some listed companies have been criticised for presenting boilerplate ESG statements. However,

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Integrated reporting must cover the bad as well as the good

The International Integrated Reporting Framework, launched by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) in 2013, was intended to make corporate reporting more rounded, transparently reflecting the challenges organisations face, and be more useful overall to investors. Six years on, has its ambition been achieved? Insights into integrated reporting 3.0: The drive for authenticity is ACCA’s third

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Helping SE Asian companies report on sustainability

GRI expands global reach as ASEAN Regional Hub opens in Singapore ​A new GRI Regional Hub has officially opened today in Singapore, to serve the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The office will support ASEAN companies with relevant services and training, helping them on their journey to identify, manage and

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Singapore launches guide on maritime sustainability report

Singapore launched here Monday its first Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide to support local companies’ sustainability development practices. The guide was jointly launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), and sustainability consultants from Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG

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How companies can report on UN sustainable development goals progress: GRI

Adopted in 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared plan for all countries – developed and developing – to end poverty, spur economic growth and protect our planet’s environment. The SDGs represent the first time that the private sector was included as a partner with a key role in reaching the goals. Yet when

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Investors want more standardized sustainability disclosures

According to this recent study from consulting firm McKinsey, investors want to see a different kind of sustainability reporting. The authors observe that, in light of mounting evidence “that the financial performance of companies corresponds to how well they contend with environmental, social, governance (ESG), and other non-financial matters, more investors are seeking to determine whether executives

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Lost in translation: why global CSR reporting may not be as global as we think

King’s Business School’s Dr Gabriela Gutierrez-Huerter O studied one multinational company to find out how faithfully sustainability policies set by head office are followed in its operations around the world I started my journey as a researcher in 2012 when, according to a 2011 KPMG Survey of Corporate Responsibility, 95% of the largest companies in