Greater corporate input needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals
April 8, 2020 /3BL Media/ - With the clock ticking on the deadline to complete the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), governments need to up the pace of progress – and do more to harness participation from both the public and private sectors.
GRI has set out recommendations to help policymakers work with companies to capture their contributions as part of national SDGs strategies. This includes the Voluntary National Reviews, the annual SDGs status updates from individual countries, which offer a platform for the partnerships needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
Hilton (NYSE:HLT) and American Express (NYSE:AXP) today announced that the companies, in partnership with Hilton’s ownership community, will donate up to 1 million hotel room nights across the United States to frontline medical professionals leading the fight against COVID-19.
Beginning next week, Hilton and American Express will make rooms available without charge to doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and other frontline medical staff who need a place to sleep, recharge or isolate from their families through the end of May.
Opportunities to join governance of the leading sustainability standards setter
March 31, 2020 /3BL Media/ - A global search is underway to strengthen GRI’s representation of different organizations and interests, across sectors and geographic boundaries, through an open call for new members to join its governance bodies.
GRI is the world’s leading sustainability reporting framework – and the only with multi-stakeholder working at the core of its governance and standard setting. Four of GRI’s decision making and advisory bodies are seeking applications from individuals of high integrity with relevant experience.
New appointments to ramp up capital markets and policy engagement
March 25, 2020 /3BL Media/ - As global capital markets, investors and policy makers are increasingly focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, GRI has made two senior appointments to help meet the needs of these important stakeholders:
New Program is Part of Company’s $5 Million Commitment to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts
NEW YORK, March 24, 2020 /3BL Media/–American Express is continuing its support of organizations combatting COVID-19 with the launch of a donation matching program to help feed local communities impacted in the U.S. When U.S.
Review of BEPS sees groups around the world push for public reporting
March 19, 2020 /3BL Media/ - The response to the OECD’s consultation on updating their tax reporting framework has been supportive of adding public disclosure of country-by-country corporate tax payments. About 25% of the responses urged the OECD to align with GRI’s recently launched Tax Standard.
For nearly a decade, Schneider Electric Energy & Sustainability Services has hosted an internal forum among its international experts to discuss energy trends for the coming year. This year’s forum took place near the end of 2019 and combined experts across data science, energy sourcing, research and analytics, and risk management. While the primary task was the same as in previous years, it was nonetheless still challenging: forecast the top trends that will have the greatest impact on energy markets in 2020.
An ‘ideas menu’ for connecting the board of directors with society
For many company boards, tackling the unmet needs of society is an aspiration that can be delegated to Corporate Social Responsibility teams. They see government as primarily responsible for addressing challenges such as climate change and mental illness, leaving boards to focus on shareholder value. The main argument in this paper is that the relationship between business and society has reached a point where the voice of society needs to be introduced explicitly as a stakeholder in the boardroom.
On March 8th, individuals around the world – of all genders – will come together to celebrate International Women’s Day. Since the first gathering, held over a century ago, leaders have made great progress in driving gender equality. But, we still have work to do to continue advocating for women’s advancement around the world.