- Consultation with client on peer selection for comparisons
- Various frameworks available for benchmarking focus and approach
- Flagged gaps and areas of leadership in competitive positioning
- Each peer organization profiled for client management's information
- Comparisons presented in contextual visual format
- G&A Institute team's strategic recommendations for future actions
- Research conducted on each peer by experienced G&A analysts
More on Peer Benchmarking
It is always useful to know more about what peers and competitors are doing in certain disclosure and reporting practices. For example, what are the best practices of your company's investment and industry peers in terms of transparency, disclosure and structured reporting on their sustainability performance?
What compelling story do peers tell of their sustainability journey -- strategies adopted; internal organization for success; implemented programs and initiatives; third party recognitions they earned? What is the story being told through their disclosures and structured reporting of the success of the sustainability journey?
G&A Institute analyzes a selected number of competitor's sustainability reports and other data sources for their disclosure levels on important GRI Indicators (or other important frameworks / specific issues).
For example in a GRI G4 focused competitive benchmarking, the peer companies identified by the client are analyzed for these attribut
- Disclosure levels on all GRI General Standard Disclosures (up to 58 for G4)
- Disclosure levels on all GRI Performance Disclosures (up to 91 for G4)
- GRI Report Application Level G3.1 / "In Accordance" Level for G4.
- External Assurance Type / Provider / Scope / Level / Standards.
The results of the analysis demonstrate the contextual competitive positioning of the client vs. its peers across all of the GRI Aspects, Indicators, and Disclosures. This provides the client with additional intelligence on the most material indicators for this peer group, as determined by the decisions of peer company managements -- and demonstrated through their own materiality assessments on what to publicly disclose and report.
The results of this benchmarking exercise includes flagged gaps in the client's competitive positioning across the various sustainability issues, represented by the underlying GRI Aspects and Indicators. In addition the report identifies areas of demonstrated leadership for the client organization vs. its industry, sector or investing peer group.
Results are compiled and summarized for use by client management in making strategic decisions on sustainability initiatives, and reporting. This benchmarking process also has the added ability to create awareness, discussion, and innovation that can result in unexpected additional benefits for the company.