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Business Action Critical to Secure a Sustainable Future

By Tina Nybo Jensen, Policy & Strategic Relations Manager, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
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The UN High-level Political Forum in New York this summer reviewed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) participated alongside representatives and leaders from around the world. This was a crucial stocktake on progress achieved.

It’s Time for Business Leaders to Take Off the Blinders

By Tim Mohin, Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative
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The pledge by 181 CEO members of the Business Roundtable that their companies will now serve all stakeholders, not just shareholders, has ignited fierce debate. But, in my humble opinion, it is largely a false debate.

FLASH REPORT: 60% of Russell 1000® Are Publishing Sustainability Reports, G&A Institute’s 2018 Inaugural Benchmark Study Shows

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G&A INSTITUTE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Since 2011, G&A Institute has tracked the percentage of companies in the S&P 500® Index that publish sustainability reports and has reported dramatic growth since 2011 when just 20% published reports, compared to 86% reporting in 2018. 

Now that sustainability reporting has become common practice for the largest 500 companies in the US capital markets (typically included in the S&P 500® Index), the G&A Institute team has expanded its efforts to track the reporting trends of the next 500 largest companies by examining all of the companies in the Russell 1000® Index.

In this inaugural benchmark study, G&A found that 60% of the [total] Russell 1000® published sustainability reports in 2018.  Of importance to consider is roughly the top half (by market cap) of companies in the Russell 1000® are the S&P 500®, which the Institute analyzes each year.  When we now examine the bottom half in the Russell 1000®, beyond the S&P 500, we find that only 34% of these companies are publishing sustainability reports.

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G&A INSTITUTE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Since 2011, G&A Institute has tracked the percentage of companies in the S&P 500® Index that publish sustainability reports and has reported dramatic growth since 2011 when just 20% published reports, compared to 86% reporting in 2018. 

Now that sustainability reporting has become common practice for the largest 500 companies in the US capital markets (typically included in the S&P 500® Index), the G&A Institute team has expanded its efforts to track the reporting trends of the next 500 largest companies by examining all of the companies in the Russell 1000® Index.

In this inaugural benchmark study, G&A found that 60% of the [total] Russell 1000® published sustainability reports in 2018.  Of importance to consider is roughly the top half (by market cap) of companies in the Russell 1000® are the S&P 500®, which the Institute analyzes each year.  When we now examine the bottom half in the Russell 1000®, beyond the S&P 500, we find that only 34% of these companies are publishing sustainability reports.

Strengthening Services for Effective ESG Reporting

Chief Business Development Officer is GRI’s latest senior addition
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August 26, 2019 /3BL Media/ Mirjam Groten joins GRI as Chief Business Development Officer on 1 September. Mirjam will be responsible for services supporting organizations to disclose their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and prepare sustainability reports. This includes the membership program – the GRI Community – and a suite of programs including reporter training and leadership groups.

Get With the Goals: Corporate Reporting on the SDGs

By Alyson Genovese, Director of GRI’s USA and Canada Regional Hub
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Adopted in 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared plan for all countries – developed and developing – to end poverty, spur economic growth and protect our planet’s environment. The SDGs represent the first time that the private sector was included as a partner with a key role in reaching the goals.

Beyond Reporting: Focus on Waste

Listen now to the latest GRI podcast
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GRI has launched a new podcast series – with the first episode looking at waste now available.

Our world cannot continue using resources at the same pace that we have until now. Businesses can help address the issue, and become more efficient in the process, by effectively reporting on their waste management.

Reporting Drives Corporate Change to Achieve SDGs

Can private sector participation in the SDGs unlock more sustainable business practices?
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July 22, 2019 /3BL Media/ An ambitious project has been launched to explore how the private sector can actively contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – and what the role of reporting and partnerships is to support this process.

Update to Japanese Translations of GRI Standards

Latest versions now available in the Japanese language
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Updates to two versions of the GRI Standards – ‘GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018’ and ‘GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2018’ – have been translated into Japanese. They are now available to any Japanese-speaking organization using the Standards.

​All of the Japanese translations of the Standards can be downloaded free of charge on the GRI website.

Accelerating the Transformation Towards Sustainable Development

By Peter Paul van de Wijs, GRI Chief External Affairs Officer
Blog

How can the private sector support countries to deliver on their 2030 Agenda commitments, as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals?

As nations gather in New York this week for the annual UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, this is a question that GRI is asking.

ESG Disclosure Reduces Risk and Informs Investors

GRI Chief Executive testifies to US House Committee on strengthening ESG legislation
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July 10, 2019 /3BL Media/ - GRI’s Chief Executive, Tim Mohin, testified today (10 July) before the US House Committee on Financial Services, which is considering new corporate reporting requirements for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) information.

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