Recent sustainability and integrated reporting developments

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24 Oct, 2016

A summary of recent developments at the IIRC, IIRC/CIPFA, IIRC/WICI, GRI, and SASB.

The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Technology Initiative has released a guide for CFOs on using technology to drive multi-capital thinking. Technology for Integrated Reporting offers practical insights to help CFOs collaborate with their Chief Information Officer (CIO) to ensure that technology can enable progressive business management and reporting practice. The publication can be downloaded free of charge from the IIRC website.

Another publication developed by the IIRC, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), and the World Bank provides guidance for public bodies around the globe to help them think holistically about their strategy and plans, make informed decisions and manage key risks in order to build stakeholder confidence and improve future performance. Focusing on Value Creation in the Public Sector is an introductory guide for leaders on integrated reporting to improve their understanding of the services the public sector delivers and the value they create. The publication can be downloaded free of charge from the IIRC website.

The IIRC and the World Intellectual Capital/Asset Initiative (WICI) have signed a joint statement of collaboration. The statement sets out how WICI and the IIRC advocate for the evolution of the management and reporting of an organization’s value creation story, with a distinctive focus on intellectual and associated capitals. The statement is available on the IIRC website.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has released a new publication Forging a path to integrated reporting: Insights from the GRI Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting. The publication summarises the work done by the GRI Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting, revealing challenges, questions raised, and solutions from a group of experienced companies which have chosen to use an integrated approach to reporting. The publication can be downloaded free of charge from the GRI website.

The United States Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) has announced the founding members of its Investor Advisory Group (IAG). Comprised of leading asset owners and asset managers, the group is committed to improving the quality and comparability of sustainability-related disclosure to investors, thereby enabling investors to develop a more comprehensive view of company performance. Please click for the press release on the SASB website.

The SASB has also released a new technical bulletin on climate risk. designed to help investors better understand, measure and manage their exposure to climate-related risk. The foreword to the guide emphasises the need for better disclosure. The publication can be downloaded free of charge from the SASB website.

Finally, the SASB has launched the 'SASB Navigator', a platform that combines financially material sustainability information with data and analytics to help users understand and analyse industries' and companies' sustainability performance and disclosure. More information is available on the SASB website.

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