Tellus Institute

Sustainability Reporting: Ceres Catalyzes a Worldwide Movement


Google 'sustainability report' and you’ll come up with a quarter of a billion results, with major corporations like GM, Caterpillar, Coca Cola, Ford and Shell topping the list with links to glossy reports detailing their environmental and social performance and strategy. Corporate sustainability reporting is standard practice, with recent research showing that 93 percent of the world’s top 250 companies now report.

International Effort Moves Forward to Develop Global Standard for Corporate Sustainability Ratings

Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) Releases Principles that will Guide Accreditation Process
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC, December 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) today announced the key set of core Principles it will use for accrediting sustainability ratings worldwide.

The year long effort included close participation from leaders in the investment and corporate communities – among those, Aviva, Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg L.P., BBVA, TIAA-CREF and UBS who are members of GISR’s core committees; and AMD, UPS, Vale, Disney, Bosch and Bayer who are members of GISR’s technical working group.

2013 Ceres Conference - An Interview with Allen White, Founder & Co-Chair of GISR

Press Release

May 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Allen White, Founder & Co-Chair of GISR sat down for an interview at the 2013 Ceres Conference, taking place May 1st and 2nd in San Francisco, CA. 

GISR Takes Major Step Towards Establishing a Standard of Excellence for Corporate Sustainability Ratings

International, Multi-Stakeholder Effort Outlines Three-Part Standard Process
Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) today announced the Beta Version of a set of core Principles as part of an international effort to drive excellence in corporate sustainability ratings, rankings and indices.

BSR Conference 2012: Video Highlights

Multimedia with summary

The BSR Conference 2012 highlight video features BSR CEO & President Aron Cramer, Global Philanthropy Forum's Jane Wales,, Allen L. White of the Tellus Institute, BeCause's Mats Lederhausen, Levi's Michael Kobori, Cisco's Tae Yoo, Andy Revkin of The New York Times, Worldwatch Institute's Robert Engelman, Richard Gillies of Marks & Spencer, and many other speakers and attendees. Watch the video.

The Sustainability Ratings Industrial Complex: Breaking the Hold


The TakeAway: The recent launch of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings seeks to bring some order, quality, and accountability to the diverse and booming growth industry of sustainability ratings and rankings—also a topic of the online "SustyChat3” among experts, occurring this week on the OpenEyeWorld platform.

Human Rights: A Moral and Material Business Concern


The TakeAway: Several sustainability milestones were reached in June, but the greatest of these was the UN Human Rights Council endorsement of the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, which established human rights as both a moral and material consideration for economic enterprise.

A Single Measure, Unbiased Results: Ceres, Tellus Unveil Global Initiative for a Standardized, Comprehensive Corporate Sustainability Rating

Cacophony of Sustainability Ratings Feeds Corporate “Survey Fatigue,” Plus Cherry Picking, Conflicts of Interest; New Rating Will Drive Capital to Sustainability Leaders
Press Release

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) June 9, 2011 - WASHINGTON, DC – Ceres and Tellus Institute, two leading organizations that work with companies, investors and nonprofit groups to embed sustainable practices in capital markets, today announced the launch of an initiative to create and bring to widespread adoption a single standard for rating the sustainability performance of companies.

The future of CSR and ESG Reporting - An Interview with Allen White, Vice President of Tellus Institute about CSR and Sustainability Reporting

Press Release
(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Recently, 3BL Media attended the official launch of GRI’s Focal Point USA at the New York Stock Exchange and had the opportunity to interview Allen White, Vice President of Tellus Institute and discuss the latest trends in sustainability reporting and ESG disclosure in the USA and internationally.
Subscribe to Tellus Institute