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World Water Week: Companies Must Look Beyond Own Operations to Enhance Water Stewardship

GRI’s updated standard on water and effluents requires reporting impacts in the value chain
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STOCKHOLM, August 28, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Access to freshwater is essential for all life, and a human right recognized by the United Nations. However, millions of people around the world suffer from water scarcity, poor water quality, and inadequate sanitation. Companies operating in areas with water stress have an urgent responsibility to track their impacts, to make informed decisions that trigger meaningful action.

Greening Financial Systems, from a UN Environment Perspective

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Erb alumnus Marcos Mancini is a country manager in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. He talked with Erb about the inquiry’s work and the sustainable finance issues involved.

Could you tell us a little about what the UNEP Inquiry team does? 

AccountAbility Releases Document on Key Changes Introduced in the AA1000AP (2018) and Bridge to Sustainability Reporting

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LONDON  and NEW YORK, August 21, 2018 /3BL Media/ - AccountAbility is pleased to release a practical guidance document highlighting the key changes made to the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018), as well as an overview of alignment with commonly used sustainability-related reporting standards and frameworks.

Transparency Is Key to Sappi's Sustainability Strategy

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Sappi utilizes numerous systems and other tools for providing information on our sustainability performance. In addition to our annual sustainability report, we utilize globally recognized third-party platforms to provide additional transparency to various stakeholders. Many of these disclosures are coordinated at the Sappi Group level, including the performance of all of Sappi’s operations in Europe, South Africa and North America. Global reporting includes:

Microfinance vs. Informal Finance: A Fair Comparison?

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by Claire Kelly, Asia/Pacific Regional Director

If microfinance is so effective, then why hasn’t the industry put informal moneylenders out of business?

Sustainable Brands Releases Program Details for New Metrics ‘18 Conference

Speakers from Danone, Seventh Generation, and B Lab among those confirmed to share advances in the metrics around social and environmental value
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ Sustainable Brands® recently unveiled program details for

Business and Investors “Crucial” to Delivering 2030 Agenda at the Country-Level

Governments, business and investors join Global Compact Local Networks to share best practices to deliver the 2030 Agenda
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NEW YORK, July 19, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Creative approaches to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being jointly developed at the national level by multi-stakeholder partners.

Video: Investing in Sustainable Development Goals Pays Off

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) give companies and investors a unique chance to create a better world. In this video, we ask prominent members from the investor world why the SDGs matter when it comes to making investment decisions.

Click here to read more about GRI’s work with the capital markets.

Financial Diaries: Lessons From Small Enterprise Foundation in South Africa

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by Zoe So, Whole Planet Foundation Eastern/Southern Africa Regional Director 

One of the core assumptions of microfinance is that the ability to reach a large number of borrowers helps bring efficiencies, sustainability, and impact. Many microfinance organizations often talk about their success in terms of scale and big picture numbers: how many borrowers do they reach? How big has the loan portfolio grown?

Seeking Sustainable Growth: GRI to Help Build Standards-based Approach for EU’s Sustainable Finance policy

Eszter Vitorino appointed to the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance
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July 4, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Following the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the EU has mobilized many initiatives to support the global move towards a sustainable economy. One of these is the EU Sustainable Finance strategy, which focuses on examining how to integrate environmental, social and governance considerations into the European Union’s financial system. 
 

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