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Recent sustainability and integrated reporting developments

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25 Oct 2018

A summary of recent developments at WBCSD, SSE, CDSB, and PAFA.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released the 2018 edition of Reporting matters. This year’s report aims to show how companies are linking reporting and decision-making through three topic-specific addendum reports focused on climate change, water and human rights. The press release on the WBCSD website offers a summary of the key findings and access to the full report.

The United Nation's Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have initiated a collaboration to raise environmental, social, and governance standards across emerging capital markets. The goal is to help build investor trust, attract capital, and grow strong local capital markets. Please see the press release on the SSE website.

The SSE has also released a new report focusing on how securities regulators can help promote the sustainable development goals. With 35 examples from 19 markets, the report provides a snapshot of what is happening around the world today. The report is available on the SSE website.

Another report released by the SSE is its biennial report on progress documenting a steep increase in a number of sustainability activities at stock exchanges. The report is available on the SSE website.

The Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) has published a report on how India is responding to sustainability challenges. The report compares India’s sustainability reporting practices with those of China and OECD countries, with a focus on the differences in disclosure channels, obligations and subjects disclosed. Please click to access the report on the CDSB website.

The Pan-African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) is conducting a survey to gain a sense of where people think sustainability is currently integrated into the continuous professional development and continuous professional education of the professional accountant. Please click to access the survey on the PAFA website.

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