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GRI: Standards Setters and Framework Providers to Support Better Reporting on the SDGs

05.03.2019 Share

Major international corporate reporting standard setters and framework providers have treleased a position paper supporting the development of better reporting guidelines for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  ​Participants of the ‘Corporate Reporting Dialogue’ – an initiative convened by the International Inte-grated Reporting Council bringing together the major standard setters and framework providers inter-nationally - advocate working together to provide guidance and structure for businesses to be trans-parent and accountable, and to ensure better decision-making that promote financial stability and sustainable development. 

In the paper, entitled “SDGs and the future of corporate reporting”, CDP, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, the Global Reporting Initiative, the International Integrated Reporting Council, the International Organization for Standardization and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board identify how corporate reporting can illustrate which SDGs are relevant to a company’s business mod-el, enabling both companies and investors to focus on those SDGs most likely to impact financial per-formance.
The paper also articulates the importance of driving integration of financial and non-financial infor-mation to demonstrate how companies create value for stakeholders over the short and long-term.
A product of ongoing discussions within the Corporate Reporting Dialogue, the co-authored paper al-so outlines the work that they, as framework providers and standard setters, must undertake to en-sure there is guidance for business at the level of the underlying 169 SDG targets and to ensure that businesses are producing meaningful information and indicators. 

The paper states, "We will strive with our further co-operation to enable effective and efficient capital allocation for the benefit of companies, investors, and society. This includes providing frameworks that measure progress toward achieving the SDGs, and providing frameworks that enable a better under-standing of the link between the SDGs and company financial performance and risk.”