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39% of Companies in the Smallest Half by Market Cap of Russell 1000 Index Published Sustainability Reports in 2019 - Up From 34% in 2018

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G&A Institute announces the results of its annual S&P 500 sustainability reporting analysis. 90% of the S&P 500 published corporate sustainability reports, an all-time high!

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In this inaugural benchmark study, G&A found that 60% of the [total] Russell 1000® published sustainability reports in 2018. Of importance to consider is roughly the top half (by market cap) of companies in the Russell 1000® are the S&P 500®, which the Institute analyzes each year. When we now examine the bottom half in the Russell 1000®, beyond the S&P 500, we find that only 34% of these companies are publishing sustainability reports.

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Download the results of the analysis of 1,387 corporate enterprises’ materiality decisions in their sustainability reports to examine sector trends on all 91 of the GRI G4 Specific Standard Disclosures and topics related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) and their 169 targets. Forty individual sector reports including the "Top GRI Indicators / Disclosures" and "Top SDG Targets" rankings for each sector are also available for download.

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Governance & Accountability Institute is pleased to present the highlights of its comprehensive "Sustainability - What Matters?" research project examining 1,246 GRI G3 and G3.1 sustainability reports in 35 sectors published in 2012 for their disclosure practices on all 84 GRI performance indicators. The objective of this report is to serve as a starting point for discussion and planning around sector-specific materiality — as seen through the lens of these 1,246 reporting organizations as well as the lens of their respective stakeholders.

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G&A team members for the second year have been examining corporate sustainability and responsibility reporting trends by US-domiciled companies to explore the question -- does such reporting really matter? The research team began their research with these commonly-asked queries in mind:

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Corporate execs and managers wrestle with the answers to the critical questions in the internal discussions about ESG / sustainability Key Performance Indicators and ESG Metrics to publicly disclose. Which? Why? How? Who want this information?

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Two aspects were being considered with a Draft Rule now made Final: (1) accommodating more Principles- based corporate reporting; and (2) requiring or encouraging expanded disclosure related to Human Capital Management (HCM). The disclosure rule is about to go into effect. We’ve created a Resource Guide to help managers understand the background of these developments with information about the Final Rule.

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One of the most important trends in sustainability that the G&A Institute team tracks is the mainstreaming of ESG rankings and ratings alongside the traditional financials.

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G&A’s research team examined the ESG / sustainability reporting practices of the BRT signatory corporations, and released a resource paper with the results including additional perspectives from G&A; detailed analysis of reporting practices (such as trends in usage of reporting standards like GRI, SASB, TCFD, and the SDGs); Harvard Business Review “Top 100 Global CEOs” crossover with BRT members, and links to external related resources and information.

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To help identify the data and information needed by investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters to appropriately assess and price climate-related risks and opportunities, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) established an industry-led task force to develop disclosure recommendations: The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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Asset managers are also developing their own internal, proprietary methodologies for evaluating their investments, for their own accounts and on behalf of their fiduciary clients. A primary example is State Street Global Advisors (“SSGA”), one of the world’s leading asset managers.

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Collaborations (more)


Now That Most Companies Are Publishing Sustainability Reports the Question Arises: What is the Quality of the Content of These Reports? To explore the answers, G&A teamed with The CSR-Sustainability Monitor® (CSR-S Monitor) research team at the Weissman Center for International Business, Baruch College/CUNY, to combine their partners' "Big Data" sets to extract deeper intelligence on the subject.

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The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in collaboration with KPMG, UNEP, Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa and various stakeholders from each country studied recently released the third edition of the "Carrots & Sticks" publication. This important publication analyzes the growing number of national and international reporting policies and guidance from around the world.

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GRI in collaboration with Bloomberg LP and G&A Institute launched a special US study showcasing trends on assurance of sustainability information. GRI did this by means of a webinar with over a 100 attendees.

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Trends Converging! eBook (more)


What’s Ahead in 2017 that Affects Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability & CSR Managers? Sustainable/ESG Investment Professionals? The seeds of development are found in 2016 and earlier...Trends Converging! is your guide to positive trends that make the case for continued progress – download and read your complimentary copy of the book.

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