Recent sustainability reporting developments

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27 Aug, 2019

A summary of recent developments at the CFA Institute, CDP, SSE, and GRI.

The CFA Institute, a global association of investment professionals, has published a report entitled The Case for Quarterly and Environmental, Social, and Governance Reporting that is based on a survey of its global membership on the topic. Respondents to the survey believe that specific ESG and sustainability disclosures should be a regulatory requirement for public companies and that securities regulators should either develop ESG disclosure standards or support an independent standards setter (i.e., a single, global standards setter in this field) to develop such standards. Please click to access the report on the website of the CFA Institute.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has released a new report, The Money Trees, that finds that finds that 70% of 1,500 companies with high impact on forests fail to provide data on their impact and that corporate transparency on forests lags behind other environmental issues such as climate change and water security. Please click to access the report through the press release on the CDP website, which offers a first summary of the findings.

The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) announces that the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) has issued environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure guidelines for listed companies. For more information, please see the press release on the SSE website.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) announces that GRI 303 Water and Effluents 2018 and GRI 403 Occupational Health and Safety 2018 have been translated into Japanese. All Japanese translations of GRI Standards can be downloaded free of charge on the GRI website.

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