Facilitating business action on the SDGs
Published date: 18 October 2022
Expert guidance shared from the Business Leadership Forum
A series of discussion sessions between business leaders and key stakeholder groups about reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have resulted in new resources being made freely available to the global sustainability reporting community.
GRI’s Business Leadership Forum (BLF) on Corporate Reporting as a Driver to Achieving the SDGs has brought together a cohort of companies committed to deepening their contributions in support of the SDGs. This program includes regular workshops, best practice masterclasses and knowledge sharing.
Following the release of two outcome papers in 2021, three further publications are now available:
- Summary Paper 3 - Aligning Corporate Reporting and Investing Towards the SDGs: Delving into how asset managers and ESG data providers are using SDGs-related information to assess their investment decisions, the paper shines a light on how businesses can optimize their reporting to the needs of investors.
- Summary Paper 4 - The Role of Reporting Provisions in Driving the Sustainable Development Agenda Forward: Offers a snapshot of what regulators, stock exchanges and investors think about SDG reporting, and what changes can be expected in the future. Practical recommendations are included on how to improve corporate reporting on the SDGs.
- Summary Paper 5 - Leading From the Top – the Role of C-Suite and Corporate Board in Driving Business Action on the SDGs: With executive-level insights on delivering on corporate sustainability goals and driving action on the SDGs more broadly, it sets out the importance of integrating sustainability into the broader business strategy.
Collaboration and information sharing is one of the most critical elements in mobilizing efforts to deliver on the SDGs. This is something that no business, government or organization can do alone. By making available these summary reports from our Business Leadership Forum, we seek to encourage organizations to use the recommendations and insights to improve how they approach SDG reporting. Ultimately, this is about quickening the action needed to secure a more prosperous future for people and planet.Peter Paul van de Wijs, GRI's Chief Policy Officer
The BLF has representatives from: ABB Group, Baxter, Cemex, Cigna, City Developments Limited, Enel, Eni, Ferrero, Fujitsu, Grupo Bimbo, IHS Towers, Inditex, JTI, Mosaic, and Prysmian Group. The two-year program is set to conclude by the end of 2022. A closing event and the launch of the final summary papers will take place next month.
GRI provides organizations with a variety of free resources and tools on how to integrate the SDGs into sustainability reporting – including a podcast series on business action in support of the Global Goals.