Focus on CR & Information: ESG and Creating a Better Business Record

May 29, 2013 10:00 AM ET

Business value today is being calculated with a new method: the integrated reporting of all material factors. How does this "information governance" work?

The International Integrated Reporting Council and Sustainable Accounting Standards Board are two of the initiatives building momentum for the integration into reporting and communication of the ESG factors that represent business value.

In my recent time at the University of Toronto iSchool, I was interested in whether the same ESG factors had infiltrated into the records management discipline I was studying. There is a lot of focus on how records and information management (RIM) supports company legal and financial compliance—as well as ethical issues (i.e., Sarbanes-Oxley Act1). But the link between RIM and sustainability is not as often discussed.

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Robyn Hall- Based in Toronto, I recently completed the Masters of Information (MI) program at the University of Toronto, and am the former Communications Manager at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and Ontario-based Alterna Savings credit union. I'm long-time believer that businesses of whatever type - co-op, private, public - are critical to the process of social and environmental change. The MI degree has opened the door to a better understanding of information issues in general, including the discovery of an interest in archives. Keeping our memories alive and understanding the past is a foundation from which to look ahead.