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Why Should Investors Care About ESG Data?

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The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards help companies communicate their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) impacts to a wide target audience, including the investment community. GRI believes that in order to achieve real progress, there's a need to align capital investment with sustainable business. We asked prominent investors why they think sustainability matters – here’s what they had to say.

Find out more about GRI’s activities with investors and the capital markets by clicking here

Q&A With Canary Wharf: Reporting Helps to Inform, Inspire and Influence Responsible Business

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A major property developer in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, Canary Wharf aims to embed sustainability in the heart of its business. The company has included non-financial information in their corporate reports since 1987. We spoke to Martin Gettings, Group Head of Sustainability at Canary Wharf, about how sustainability reporting helps them to tell compelling stories and inspire others.

NRG Energy's VP of Sustainability Discusses Highlights of 2017 Report

Bruno Sarda details NRG's efforts to be a leader in American corporate sustainability.
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It is with pride that I introduce to you, our stakeholders, our second Sustainability Report since I joined NRG. In it, we outline our 2017 sustainability accomplishments, along with a comprehensive view of the actions we’ve taken across our value chain to enhance the resilience of our operations and create value for our customers and shareholders.

In last year’s report, we introduced a new sustainability strategy, cutting across five organizational pillars: customers, workplace, business, operations and suppliers.

NRG Energy CEO: Businesses Create Value by Fulfilling Societal Need in a Meaningful Way

Mauricio Gutierrez discusses corporate responsibility in 2017 Sustainability Report
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Businesses create the most value when they fulfill a societal need in a meaningful way. I often find myself reflecting on this sentiment and the importance of electricity in our modern life. Electricity, the lifeblood of modern society, powers individuals, homes, businesses and, increasingly, other areas such as transportation. In a more connected and digital future, we will rely more on electricity, not less. As a power company that generates and sells electricity, I recognize the great responsibility we have in enabling this future.

CASE STUDY | Cyber Security is Tapping Into Non-Traditional Talent

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CEB (that has now joined with Gartner) represents the world’s leading research and advisory company. Recognizing the importance that diversity and inclusion plays in business growth and success, CEB has launched the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council that “equips those leading diversity and inclusion teams with actionable solutions to enable business performance.”

We are happy to provide highlights of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (Symantec C3) profile that was developed by the CEB Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council and is currently featured as a resource for CEB D&I Leadership Council members.

(This piece originally appeared on the CEB Diversity and Inclusion website. A copy of the full case study is available at the bottom of this article.)

Symantec C3 Program Highlighted by Gartner’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council
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CEB (that has now joined with Gartner) represents the world’s leading research and advisory company. Recognizing the importance that diversity and inclusion plays in business growth and success, CEB has launched the Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council that “equips those leading diversity and inclusion teams with actionable solutions to enable business performance.”

We are happy to provide highlights of the Symantec Cyber Career Connection (Symantec C3) profile that was developed by the CEB Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council and is currently featured as a resource for CEB D&I Leadership Council members.

(This piece originally appeared on the CEB Diversity and Inclusion website. A copy of the full case study is available at the bottom of this article.)

Get Your Reporting Journey Started With the GRI Standards

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Introducing the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, the first global standards for sustainability reporting. 

The GRI Standards help all organizations to report publicly on their economic, environmental and social impacts and show their impacts - positive or negative - to sustainable development. The GRI Standards are based on years of expert input from diverse stakeholders, and represent a common language for sustainability reporting. 

Schneider Electric WHITE PAPER | Business Resiliency Through Increased Circularity

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) predicts that the total demand for natural resources will reach 130 billion tons by 2050, up significantly from the 50 billion level in 2014, an overuse of the Earth’s total capacity by more than 400%. Another report from the U.S. Green Building Council found that the current mode of global operation is in stark contrast with the reality of Earth’s limited resources, as we consume resources 50% faster than they can be regenerated.

Alliance Data Offers 2017 Corporate Responsibility Highlights Ahead of Report Launch

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Alliance Data shares how disruptive technologies are reshaping the business and social landscape and creating unparalleled opportunities for the company in its 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report that will be out later this month. In advance of the full report, the abbreviated highlights report shares an overview of 2017, a year that allowed us to thrive and do what we do best - be innovative, smart, trusted, responsible, inclusive and generous.

Click here to see our Highlights Report.

New Publication From GRI: Incentivizing Sustainability Reporting by SMEs Through Policy

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According to the World Bank Group, close to 95% of all businesses worldwide can be classified as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). That is some 400 million companies, that form the backbone of the global economy. As such, they have an important part in the global economy and play a crucial role in a more sustainable world. 

Making the Case for Better Buildings

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The World Green Building Council recently released their latest report, Doing Right By People and Planet: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building. This report focuses on 11 case studies from around the world that highlight the ways health and well-being building features can "save your company money, make your employees feel healthier and more productive, and bring a positive return on your investment in a green and healthy space."

A few take-aways from the report include:

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