Integrated & GRI Sustainability Reporting

Integrated Reporting (<IR>) is a process founded on integrated thinking that results in a periodic integrated report by an organization about value creation over time and related communications regarding aspects of value creation.

An Integrated Report <IR> is a concise communication about how an organization’s strategy, governance, performance and prospects, in the context of its external environment, lead to the creation of value in the short, medium and long term.

David has completed the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) two day Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Training Program "How to Prepare a Best Practice Sustainability Report".

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), now known as the Integrated Reporting <IR> process, produces the worlds most comprehensive sustainability reporting framework. The GRI provides a process by which organisations of any size and sector can monitor their impacts on the economy, the environment and society helping them to develop strategies to manage these impacts and identify areas for improvement.

These activities can then be delivered to stakeholder in a sustainability report. Some benefits for reporting through the GRI / <IR> framework are in identifying:

  • The main economic, social and environmental impacts of the organisation
  • The risks and opportunities of the organisations activities
  • Areas for improvement
  • Opportunities for innovation
  • Increased employee engagement and motivation
  • Enhanced reputation, customer loyalty and community awareness
  • A competitive advantage

Organisations can begin the reporting process with a low level report focusing on 10 performance indicators relating to the areas of interest to them and progress to the appropriate report level if and when desired.There are 6 levels of reporting from C to A+.

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