Reporting Standards

  • UN, GRI Develop Guidance for Corporate SDG Reporting

    July 20, 2017

    As part of their Action Platform called "Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," representatives from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the UN Global Compact convened in March in The Hague to collaborate on the formation of guidance for companies on how to publicly report their compliance with and contributions to the SDGs.

  • NGOs, UN Partner to Benchmark SDG Contributions

    July 19, 2017

    The WWF project Gold Standard and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are launching a "Gold Standard for the Global Goals" that will measure contributions from the public and private sectors toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pressure businesses to help fulfill the UN's social and environmental agenda.

  • Australian Network Hosts Forum on Labor Reporting

    July 17, 2017

    The Global Compact Network Australia, a local entity affiliated with the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative, recently hosted a forum in Sydney exploring the potential adoption of an Australian Modern Slavery Act that would require businesses to report on their efforts to end forced labor in their complex, global supply chains.

  • NGOs Push Garment Supply Chain Transparency

    July 14, 2017

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has published a report calling on businesses in the garment and footwear industries to publicly disclose comprehensive information regarding their suppliers, which would permit civil society groups to place greater pressure on companies to call out alleged labor rights violations in their supply chains.

  • Shell CEO Calls for Transparency on Climate Risk

    July 14, 2017

    Showing the growing acceptance of the "climate disclosure" movement among energy companies, the CEO of Dutch oil giant Shell has stated that such companies should be more transparent about internal climate change risk assessments and how future government regulations cutting carbon emissions could jeopardize their oil and gas investments.

  • US Pulls Back from Extractive Disclosure Rules

    July 13, 2017

    Zorka Milin of the nongovernmental organization Global Witness reviews the decisions by the Trump Administration and allies in Congress to pull back from rules requiring the reporting of payments to governments made by oil, gas, and mining companies.

  • UN Creates Bank Framework for Climate Reporting

    July 12, 2017

    Spurred on by recent recommendations of a G20 task force charged with examining the need for climate change-related disclosures by financial institutions, the UN Environment Programme and 11 major banks have announced a partnership toward assessing and reporting on climate risks in their portfolios.

  • G20 Taskforce Pressures Companies to Disclose Climate Risk

    July 12, 2017

    The Group of 20 (G20) Financial Stability Board’s taskforce on climate-related financial disclosures has released a report calling on large corporations and investment firms to comply with extensive disclosure guidelines on “climate risk,” or face potential backlash from investors and ratings agencies.

  • EU Commission Releases BHR Reporting Guidelines

    July 12, 2017

    Paul Davies and Michael Green of Latham & Watkins analyze European Commission guidelines proposing best practices for companies reporting their non-financial information, including their contributions to the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda, as required by EU law, and suggesting areas for further reporting, such as on "board diversity," that goes beyond EU requirements.

  • Dutch Bill Pushes Companies on Global Labor Standards

    July 10, 2017

    As part of the global movement toward requiring corporations to contribute to the realization of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda, a paper by activist group MVO Platform describes a bill that has passed the Dutch Parliament's lower house requiring companies to issue a statement confirming their performance of "due diligence" in reducing child labor in their supply chains.

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