SOURCE: Global Reporting Initiative
TORONTO, November 2, 2012 /3BL Media/ - Recently, 3BL Media attended the Canadian GRI conference at the Toronto Stock Exchange and had the opportunity to interview Heather Lang, Director of Research Products, North America at Sustainalytics and discuss the latest trends in sustainability reporting and ESG disclosure in the USA and internationally.
In May 2012, GRI’s Focal Point USA hosted its first ever North American Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The Conference, titled Making Sustainability Count: Tracking Progress, Driving Opportunity, brought together leading US and international speakers to explore current knowledge and inspire new thinking about sustainability reporting.
Following on from the success of the St. Louis Conference, GRI’s Focal Point USA is pleased to be hosting its first Canadian Conference on 16-17 October in Toronto. The Conference, while being educational and driving GRI’s mission of mainstreaming sustainability reporting, will also prepare Canadian stakeholders for the international discussions at GRI’s Global Conference in May 2013.
GRI provides the world’s most widely-used framework for producing sustainability reports, also known as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reports. The framework enables large and small companies, non-profit organizations and government bodies worldwide to assess their sustainability and disclose the results in a similar way to financial reporting. Transparency through reporting on these factors drives the sustainability of individual organizations and, ultimately, the global economy.
Each of the ‘Big Four’ accounting and professional services firms in the United States – Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG and PwC U.S. – has agreed to provide donations to sponsor GRI’s new Focal Point USA for the first two years. The Conference Board has agreed to host the GRI Focal Point USA on a pro-bono basis during that same period of time.
For more information about the Global Reporting Initiative, please visit http://www.globalreporting.org
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