There is a growing recognition that we must reinvent our economies to consider true value, profit, and cost, as well as redefine business models to consider longer-term environmental and social impacts. Unfortunately, this vision has resulted in an increasing number of disclosure requests for companies related to their non-financial performance, creating a complex reporting landscape which presents an increasing resource burden for corporations. Companies have to invest significant resources to report their sustainability performance. Arguably, these resources could be better spent making the innovations to achieve true sustainability, while the diversity of language, definitions and metrics leaves room for confusion for both the reporter and the users of the disclosed information.
WEBINAR: The Reporting Exchange - Can a collaborative platform reduce fragmentation and confusion in the reporting landscape?
Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET
This webinar will introduce the Reporting Exchange, a freely available, multi-lingual platform to help business and others make sense of the reporting landscape. The webinar will detail how crowdsourcing and collaboration by global contributors can map out this landscape and provide business users with much needed insight and guidance into what, where, and how they need to report. By capturing the global reporting landscape for the first time, the Reporting Exchange will facilitate the identification of common themes across a plethora of global reporting requirements, initiatives, and schemes. The long-term ambition is to drill down to the core metrics that can be meaningfully compared, analyzed, and understood in the global arena.
This webinar is geared towards sustainability professionals engaged in external reporting and data collection initiatives; investors trying to make sense of the sustainability reporting landscape; organizations developing sustainability reporting and/or certification criteria; and those with an interest in the role of technology to drive innovation in reporting.
Participants will gain an understanding of the big-picture problems and challenges that have developed as a result of an ever-burgeoning reporting landscape. They will also learn about some of the approaches designed to provide clarifying guidance to those reporting, those developing reporting requirements, and those trying to make sense of what is being reported.
Damien Smith, an experienced sustainability professional with a broad knowledge of internal and external sustainability projects and initiatives. He is a reporting and data collection expert having previously worked extensively on managing data collection for environmental audits across a wide range of vertical businesses. He holds an MSc in Environmental Governance, is a qualified AIEMA professional and is currently researching topics around behavioural inertia and value-action gaps in corporate sustainability performance. His role at Ecodesk is primarily focused on the development of strategic relationships and expansion of the cloud technology platform.
Rodney Irwin, a 24 year experienced finance director and qualified Chartered Accountant who has gained an international reputation in Non-financial Reporting and Sustainability, financial control, internal auditing, business ethics, corporate governance, internal control over financial and non-financial reporting and has also taught at university level. He is regularly requested to speak and international conferences on measuring, valuing and reporting on natural and social capital, sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, internal control, auditing and assurance and risk management. He has delivered governance and business ethics courses on at Cambridge University, The Hague University and IIA coursed on business ethics and has developed Sustainability seminars for finance staff and is a regular contributor at Yale University and the Global Network of Advanced Management.
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