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Businesses need greater clarity on sustainability reporting

Sustainability is now a mainstream concern for organisations and their stakeholders, but they require clarity and guidance on sustainability reporting standards and practices. An Intertek survey of UK firms found that investors, regulators, government, employees and the wider public now expect more from organisation – something that’s recognised by 74% of c-suite executives. Additionally, 83%

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Update to Arabic translations of GRI Standards

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

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7 tips for adopting integrated reporting

Many companies have latched on to the concept of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting and reported back to stakeholders about their commitment to supporting diversity, social, and environmental concerns and more accountable corporate governance. The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) was founded in 2010 to support the goal of long-term value creation, and the

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Can integrated reporting bridge widening trust gap between business and society?

Integrated reporting (IR) is becoming a buzzword globally, and with good reason. As we’ve learnt from South Africa’s annual EY Excellence in Integrated Reporting Awards, these reports, done well, inspire confidence that a company has a better, more coherent grasp of who they are, where they’re going, and how they’re going to get there –

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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