February 4, 2016 | By isosteam |
The rise of social media and digital technologies, combined with trends such as increasing awareness of climate change impacts, resources stress, and other cultural changes, has made individuals more aware of how organizations behave and how they contribute to society.
Sustainability reporting: For organizations, the costs associated with reporting sustainability activities in terms of time and dollars can be daunting. This is particularly true when stakeholders are increasingly requesting reporting utilizing multiple frameworks. These needs are understandable given that some stakeholders are looking for detailed and comprehensive information on specific issues, e.g. GHG emissions, water, health and safety, human rights, equal employment opportunity, poverty impacts, while others are looking for a way to evaluate the overall sustainability performance. More and more organizations are recently finding the value of utilizing multiple reporting frameworks together. This creates a more strategic and efficient approach to sustainability internally, and a cohesive message externally.
Simplifying via alignment: One very common pairing of reporting requirements involves CDP and GRI reporting in collaboration. The synergies between the two are deep and efforts put into reporting the details of carbon issues in the CDP, roll into the Environmental Indicators of the GRI easily. In fact, GRI provides a roadmap for those indicators that can be addressed simply by referring to the CDP disclosure.
For example, The Clorox Company, a San Francisco Bay area-based company in their 2015 Integrated Annual Report links to their CDP disclosure directly in their GRI index. Issues related to energy conservation and efficiency, energy-efficient products and initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption are addressed in a general sense related to the overall approach to energy in the Integrated Annual Report using the GRI Guidelines. But they also include a link to the CDP, which supports the need for details regarding these issues and more.
Companies like Clorox are seeking ways to engage more deeply in their sustainability activities while conserving on efforts to communicate this engagement with interested stakeholders.
ISOS Group recognizes this need. As a licensed training partner of both GRI and CDP we seek to provide solutions to the challenges presented by sustainability and corporate social responsibility reporting.
Kick-off this sustainability reporting season with GRI and CDP:
We start 2016 in San Francisco at KETCHUM’s offices, with a three –day session on GRI and CDP training, scheduled for February 25-27, 2016. Participants can choose to participate in just the GRI training (2 days) or CDP training (1 day) or combine them to capitalize on the synergies.
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GRI and CDP Certified Training: http://bit.ly/SFcsr