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Recent sustainability and integrated reporting developments

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03 Oct 2017

A summary of recent developments at IIRC/ICAS, WBCSD, SASB, SASB/CDSB, Japan's METI, and GRI.

The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) have published a new report describing how businesses can achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report argues that corporate reporting frameworks can play a critical role in enhancing corporate contribution to the SDGs. Please click to download the report from the IIRC website.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has launched the Reporting Exchange, a free, online platform designed to help businesses find trustworthy, up to date and accessible sustainability-related information – making it easier for businesses to know what, when and how to report. The Reporting Exchange can be accessed here.

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) has opened its full suite of sustainability reporting guidelines to public comment. The exposure drafts, which impact 79 industries, are open for a 90-day public comment period. They can be accessed through the press release on the SASB website.

The SASB and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) have released a paper outlining how the two organisations are aligning with the G20 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures' (TCFD) recommendations. Converging on Climate Risk: CDSB, the SASB, and the TCFD can be downloaded from the CDSB website.

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has formulated guidance for integrated corporate disclosure to encourage ESG integration and non-financial information disclosure and investment in intangibles. The English language guidance is available through the press release on the METI website.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) celebrates its 20th anniversary and has created a special 20th Anniversary hub with more information about GRI's role in driving global change over the past two decades. Please click to access the hub.

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