UNGC and GRI, two internationally recognized sustainability reporting standards, have developed a partnership called SDG Leadership through reporting. The goal is to promote and structure the future reporting related to the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. SDGs are the new 2030 sustainability worldwide agenda promoted by the UN.
How does the GRI / UNGC partnership work?
Currently, the GRI and UNGC are composing a multi-stakeholder group, which consists of leading businesses, reporting experts and data users. The group is supported by PwC.
The group will be split out into:
- A wider group which includes businesses and other stakeholders invited by UNGC and GRI: governments, international organizations, business associations, the investment community, civil society, trade unions, academia, and data users. Their goal is to contribute to structuring the future of SDG reporting.
- A more focused group, only composed of businesses, serving as business engagement and paper learning forum.
What is the goal of the GRI / UNGC partnership?
The goal is to provide several deliverables, including a list of prioritized metrics/disclosures that organizations can use to show their progress regarding the SDGs. In other words, they will provide standard guidelines on how to report on the SDGs from a company standpoint.
Another outcome would be a publication on leadership and practice on SDG reporting.
What are the next steps?
- July 2017: presentation of the prioritized list of disclosures trough a special event at the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
- September 2017: presentation of the publication on leadership and practice for business on SDG reporting, during the UN Private Sector Forum, convened during the UN General Assembly
- 2018: discussion of the multi-stakeholder group on the potential integration to such topics to the current GRI standards and UNGC framework; aggregation of data on SDGs implementation. Such results are to be presented during the 2018 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
What can you do?
- You can join the multi-stakeholder group. GRI and UNGC are inviting “leading companies” to join the business group of this initiative. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. In this sense, you could participate in structuring the disclosures regarding the SDGs.
- Reporting is key for your stakeholders. In this sense, we invite you first to publish a sustainability report. You can do it with various formats, but we truly recommend using an internationally recognized framework such as the UNGC or GRI
- You can learn here more on GRI and UNGC and how we at DFGE can support you in these initiatives
- We strongly invite you to support the SDGs. Read our article to find out more about them and how to implement them into your current strategy and operation
- Read more about the GRI and UNGC partnership here.