Integrated Reporting

 
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Converting Your Material Issues into a Business Development Tool

Integrated reporting has changed dramatically since Harvard professor Bob Eccles described the concept in the much touted 'One Report' in 2010. Four years experience on the road of Integrated Reporting has resulted in new insights based upon own practises, adapted guidelines and rulings. In his new book 'The Integrated Reporting Movement: Meaning, Momentum, Motives, and Materiality' Professor Eccles emphasizes the importance of a well balanced materiality matrix that not only covers relevant business risks, but that also can be used as a driver for innovation.
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3 Essentials to Start Implementing the GRI G4 Guidelines

Demonstrating your company’s contribution towards a sustainable future with tangible lasting results, is not an easy task. Transparency and accountability comes from clear communications; in reporting and also in other activation. In May 2013, GRI released the updated G4 version of their reporting principles.The guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative serve as a basic framework for both sustainability and integrated reports.
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How to Create More Mileage from Your Materiality Matrix

Currently a professional sustainability strategy is grounded by its materiality matrix. A materiality matrix allows the company to detect which topics are of high, medium, and low interest for the different stakeholder groups of the company and for the strategy and the business of the company itself. The horizontal axis of the matrix usually represents the impact societal issues (economic, social, environmental, political…) have on the company strategy and business and the vertical axis usually illustrates the interests of the company’s stakeholder groups.
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International CSR-Experts Address Sustainability Challenges

The increasing awareness and recognition for corporate social responsibility (CSR) as an important business theme is the central topic of the 2014 Spring Camp event at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. International prominent academics and leading practitioners are invited for a two-day conference to discuss the various aspects of sustainability on March 26 and 27. Harvard University, Boston University and Indiana University will present their academic papers addressing themes as, reporting and standard settings, the valuation of sustainability and the implementation of a CSR strategy.
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Three Things You Need to Know about GRI G4

For numerous sustainability experts around the globe, the main event of the year 2013 was the global GRI conference, held in May in Amsterdam. At the GRI conference the new and long anticipated G4 sustainability reporting standard was introduced and discussed. So what are the key take-aways of this new standard?
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Increased Influence of CFOs on Sustainability

What is sustainability? Ask a consumer this particular question, and he or she will most likely answer ‘green’ or ‘durable materials, or perhaps a more social answer such as ‘preventing child labour’. Companies however are showcasing a broader view on sustainability and become more and more aware of their responsibility to start working on various social issues. Companies are more capable of creating economic value from sustainability and integrate it in their business strategy.
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