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Sustainable Development Goals in Corporate Reporting: What Matters to Investors?

Ten Recommendations to Meet Investor Needs in SDG Reporting Ten recommendations intended to stimulate more investment in sustainable business solutions to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were published today at the SDG Business Forum by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the United Nations Global Compact. The recommendations

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Integrated reporting ideal tool for responding to new UK Corporate Governance Code

The UK’s revised Corporate Governance Code issued today provides the ideal opportunity for British companies to adopt integrated reporting, with the new Code strengthening the alignment with the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). A principle of the new Code issued by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is that the board should have the necessary ‘resources’

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GRI Standards update: Leading reporting practice in occupational health and safety management, and water stewardship

Continued degradation of environmental resources and failing to provide safe and healthy working environments globally have put water and OHS high on the global agenda, and are relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Credible and actionable information about organizations’ impact on society and the environment is more important now than it has ever been,

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WFE guidance reinforces transparency in capital markets

The World Federation of Exchanges has today published revised sustainability guidance for their member exchanges. GRI welcomes this update and encourages exchanges globally to consider the recommendations for their listing requirements. Stock exchanges have a key role in driving sustainability reporting, which is a crucial element for corporate transparency and responsible business practices. The 30

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AccountAbility Updates Signature Sustainability & Performance Guidance

AccountAbility is today releasing its next-generation sustainability management framework and guidance – the 2018 AccountAbility Principles. The AA1000AP (2018) is a timely, informed update to the firm’s internationally accepted, principles-based approach to sustainability management for the 21st century. For over two decades, organisations large and small, and across sectors, have successfully engaged AccountAbility’s guidance to

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Materiality: Driving integrated thinking

The discussion of materiality has been a foundation of both financial reporting and more recent frameworks for sustainability and integrated reporting. Recognizing the unique nature of each enterprise, a discussion of materiality serves to identify which aspects of the operational environment internally and externally should be reported on, as being key to transparency and understanding.

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The advantages of HTML reports Posted

With integrated reporting the internet is gaining even more importance in its role as a publication channel. A lot of multinational companies like BASF, Bayer, Clariant, Philips or Tieto recently published a digital version of their respective integrated reports. But what are the specific benefits of digital reporting? Compared to the PDF format, the advantages of online reports can be seen in

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FLASH REPORT: 85% of S&P 500 Index® Companies Publish Sustainability Reports in 2017

The Governance & Accountability (G&A) Institute research team has found that eighty-five percent (85%) of the companies in the S&P 500 Index® published sustainability or corporate responsibility reports in 2017. This endeavor marks G&A Institute’s seventh annual monitoring and analysis of sustainability reporting in the S&P 500 Index®, one of the most widely-recognized barometers of the US economy and conditions

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Sustainability reporting in Singapore…ready or not, it is here!

This year Singaporean listed companies are expected to publish a sustainability report, under Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) Sustainability Reporting Guide. For many it will be a first and I can’t help but wonder if everyone is ready. A year and a half ago I wrote a short blog for companies getting started on their reporting journey. It offered

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How to Address Gender Equality Through Reporting?

The United Nations Sustainbale Development Goal number 5 aims to eradicate gender inequality by 2030. If the world is to achieve this, it is essential to eliminate the root causes of discrimination that can impede the advancement of women. Companies, whether large or small, are key actors in the struggle for gender equality. In their