A Sustainability or Integrated Report is a report about the economic, environmental and social impacts caused by an organization through its everyday activities, the organization’s policies and practices to manage these impacts, and how these factors affect the core business of the organization. Publishing integrated sustainability reports has become commonplace, is strongly recommended by the King III Report on Governance for South Africa, and is a requirement for South African listed companies. A variety of organizations, both listed and non-listed, can benefit in multiple ways from publishing a sustainability/integrated report.
The most widely used framework for sustainability reports are the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines for Sustainability Reporting. These guidelines have recently been transformed into the GRI Standards on Sustainability Reporting. In order to help mainstreaming sustainability reporting, the GRI has embarked on a global capacity building program supported by its local training partners. The GRI certified course on the GRI Standards on Sustainability Reporting addresses the sustainability reporting process in detail. This includes a brief reference to the main aspects to be included in the report.
A need was identified to study the content of such reports in terms of specific information and performance indicators (now called disclosures) in much more detail. Therefore, Environmental & Sustainability Solutions (ESS) developed this Workshop on GRI Performance Indicators (Disclosures), which is offered in conjunction with the GRI certified course. This workshop is based on the GRI Standards on Sustainability Reporting.
Aim and objectives of this workshop
The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the Indicators/Disclosures contained in the GRI Standards on Sustainability Reporting.
Specific objectives include:
- Develop an insight into the disclosure requirements on organizational profile, strategy, ethics and integrity, governance, stakeholder engagement, and reporting practice (including material aspects and boundaries);
- Develop an understanding of the indicators/disclosures relating to economic, environmental, and social topics;
- Study examples how various organizations have disclosed information on economic, environmental, and social topics;
- Develop the skills to use the detailed guidance in the GRI Standards.
Who should attend
- Business leaders
- Board members and other executives
- Sustainability managers
- Financial officers
- Stakeholder engagement practitioners
- Community engagement and development officers
- Corporate communication managers and officers
- Officials from all tiers of government
- Trade unions representatives
- Representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
Approach to the workshop
This workshop is highly interactive and includes:
- Interactive presentations
- Class and small group discussions
- Studying examples of disclosures on various indicators
- Using the GRI Standards
The GRI Standards on Sustainability Reporting are used extensively. Many examples from actual sustainability/integrated reports are used to illustrate good practices.
Outline of the one-day workshop
The workshop covers the following topics:
- Overview of GRI disclosure requirements;
- Disclosure requirements for organizational profile, strategy, ethics and integrity, governance, stakeholder engagement, and reporting practice (including material aspects and boundaries;
- Disclosure requirements for management approach;
- Disclosure requirements:
Prior completion of the GRI certified course on the GRI Standards on Sustainability Reporting is strongly recommended. Click here for more details on that course.
Participants will receive a certificate on successful completion of the workshop.
This course is presented by Environmental & Sustainability Solutions (ESS), a GRI certified training provider in South Africa. ESS has offered GRI certified courses to more than a thousand participants from more than 200 organizations in South Africa, Zambia, Mauritania, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya. ESS was responsible for the development of this unique workshop. Mr Seakle Godschalk and Dr Maryna Möhr-Swart are both GRI accredited trainers.
For further details, or to register for the workshop, contact:
Seakle Godschalk at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0) 82 395 7582
Maryna Möhr-Swart at:
email@example.com or +27 (0) 82 882 7700
or visit our website at www.ess-sustainability.co.za
To register for this course, please click here.