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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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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.

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Time for Reporting

These are busy times for reporters, with the compilation and turnover of financial reports taking the priority and attention of many. As a result, sustainability reports often lag behind financial accounting, unless the sustainability information is integrated directly within the financial report. This begs the question: when it is the best time to publish non-financial

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Open call for Standards governance bodies

Opportunities to join GRI’s Global Sustainability Standards Board and Due Process Oversight Committee​ Nominations are being welcomed for membership of two bodies that are critical to the success of the GRI Standards – the world’s most trusted and widely used sustainability reporting framework. GRI is seeking new members for the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB),

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The Need for a Multi-Stakeholder Global Dialogue

The future of corporate reporting, and ultimately the future of global markets, will rely on successfully aligning and mainstreaming sustainability reporting, writes Ian Mackintosh, chair of the Corporate Reporting Dialogue (CRD). In October last year, the CRD – an initiative bringing together the major corporate reporting standard setters and framework providers globally – welcomed the

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AccountAbility CEO, Sunny Misser, speaks to the key trends driving sustainability performance

AccountAbility CEO, Mr. Sunny Misser, spoke with Mr. Matthew Bechard, Senior Vice President of Communications at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit), about the key trends shaping business in 2019. Mr. Misser reflected on the changing role of sustainability in business in recent years. Highlighting AccountAbility’s 7 Sustainability Trends for 2019, he identified the following

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SASB, CDSB Partner on How-To Guide for Climate-Related Disclosures

Sustainability standards setters release implementation guide for complying with TCFD recommendations for communicating about climate-related financial risk. In June 2017, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) published recommendations for climate-related financial risk disclosures in mainstream corporate filings. More than 600 organizations have publicly expressed support for the recommendations but many have cited a need for

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What investors actually want from sustainability data

To account for the effects of a world in flux, more investors are pursuing strategies that consider relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, an approach known broadly as sustainable investing. In 2017 alone, assets managed through such an approach increased by 37 percent, according to Bloomberg. Despite the swell in interest, sustainable investing is by

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Update to French translation of GRI Standards

Updates to two documents — ‘GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018’ and ‘GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018’ – have been translated. They are now available to any French-speaking organization using the GRI Standards. All of the French translations can be downloaded free of charge on the GRI website. This translation was carried out by

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Non-financial reporting is the future of audit

Tidal waves of global growth, our heavy dependence on fossil fuels, and our constant need for innovation have led us to a world of inconsistencies and widening gaps between underdeveloped and developed countries. Our world is fracturing, and the fractures are growing bigger and bigger. In a report released in 2018 by Oxfam, 82% of the wealth