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3 Nov 14

What will SASB mean for your organisation?

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) is an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to develop and disseminate sustainability accounting standards to help US publicly-listed corporations disclose material information on how they impact value. The SASB Standards are comprised of disclosure guidance and an accounting standard on potential sustainability topics which corporations may find material in their industry.

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Reporting Guidance

31 Oct 14

An introduction to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is a family of indices that have a strong focus on stock performance and serve as a key benchmark of investors who consider sustainability as part of their portfolio risk assessments.

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Reporting Guidance

24 Oct 14

Should your organisation be reporting against ISO 26000?

Since 1947, the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) has published more than 19,500 International Standards covering a huge breadth of aspects of technology and business. Published by ISO in 2010, the ISO 26000 is a voluntary purchased framework that any type of organisation can use as a tool for improved social responsibility. A series of Core Subjects are covered in the standard and the framework is intended to provide guidance on the actions and expectation for organisations to address in each topic.

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Reporting Guidance

17 Oct 14

Who’s reading your CDP scores?

The primary focus of CDP is the reporting of environmental information, particularly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with CDP referring to themselves as a “global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information”. Over 750 investors (representing US$92 trillion in assets) work with CDP to assess the risks within their investment portfolios.

Originally set up as the Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP now has broader reporting standards for water, forestry, cities and supply chain issues alongside its annual climate change program but is still focused on providing information for investors.

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Reporting Guidance

10 Oct 14

Should your organisation be considering Integrated Reporting?

Integrated Reporting <IR> is the process of producing a concise report on how an organisation’s strategy, governance, performance and prospects, in the context of its external environment, lead to the creation of value in the short, medium and long term. <IR> brings together reporting on financial, environmental, social and governance information in a manner that is clear, concise, consistent and comparable. 

The global authority on <IR> is the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), whose aim is to enable <IR> to be embedded into mainstream business practice in the public and private sectors.

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Reporting Guidance

3 Oct 14

The UN Global Compact: ten principles explained

Signing up to The United National Global Compact (UNGC) commits a company to Ten Guiding Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It specifically commits the executive leader of an organisation and is therefore seen as an important public, top-down commitment to sustainability and better corporate citizenship.

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Reporting Guidance

26 Sep 14

Is GRI G4 the right sustainability framework for your organisation?

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a framework for comprehensive corporate social responsibility reporting on environmental, social and governance topics. The latest iteration of the framework, GRI G4, puts stakeholder engagement to determine materiality at the forefront of the reporting methodology.  

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Reporting Guidance , GRI G4

24 Sep 14

Three key questions to ask when choosing a CSR reporting framework

The non-financial reporting landscape can be crowded and confusing for organisations that are constantly tasked with navigating definitions, timescales and requirements for different reporting channels. Most global organisations report in some way on their non-financial performance, strategy and vision, whether it’s through mandated legislation, voluntary schemes, social media or direct communication with stakeholders. But as the pressure increases on organisations to report more information, to more stakeholders, in a more accurate way, more often, it’s understandable that it can get a little overwhelming.

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Reporting Guidance , Frameworks

28 Aug 14

What you need to know about the ISO 14001 revision

In 2015, a revised version of ISO 14001 will be published; the standard designed to help organisations create the systems and processes that they need to manage their environmental impact and risk. For many organisations, the aim of implementing ISO 14001 is to ensure a robust environmental management system is in place to manage and report information more effectively.

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Reporting Guidance

1 Aug 14

Understanding ESOS: What you need to know

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a new government policy that requires enterprises in the UK to complete mandatory energy audits. 

Why has ESOS been introduced and what is its purpose?

ESOS originates in EU legislation and the energy efficiency directive, which requires member states to introduce mandatory energy audit systems for its larger organisations.

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Reporting Guidance , ESOS