The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) held its first ever regional conference from 26-28 March 2012 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference challenged us to innovate, integrate and collaborate and provided the opportunity to share practice and shape the agenda for reporting in the future. It was an interactive, dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable event that provided a great opportunity for sustainability practitioners across the region and beyond to get together.
The Net Balance team was well represented during the Conference, as well as contributing to the development of planning of the event.
- Amanda Nuttall and Kirsten Simpson presented the ‘Assurance Master Class’, with Gitanjali Bedi, National Centre for Sustainability, Swinburne University of Technology.
- Robyn Leeson chaired the panel session ‘The Asia Century’.
- Terence Jeyaretnam presented and contributed to the panel discussion on ‘Joining The Dots – an introduction to and trends in integrated reporting’.
- Amanda Nuttall presented an interlude: ‘More reporters and better reporting: An evaluation of the GRI Training in Australia’ with Damien Sweeney, National Centre for Sustainability, Swinburne University of Technology.
- Serena de Kretser was a member of the GRI Conference Organising Committee.
With the key outcomes of the conference focused on informing the GRI’s thinking on integrated reporting and the next generation of its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – G4, Net Balance is part of the leading thinking and evolution of these topics. We are contributing in a number of ways. First, the recent release of our report regarding “Adoption of integrated reporting by the ASX 50” focused on the readiness of companies in tackling integrating reporting and what they will need to focus on to get there. Second, through active support of the on-going development of the G4 with Robyn Leeson a member of the Technical Advisory Committee and Hugh Grant, Kirsten Simpson and Amanda Nuttall contributing to the various G4 working groups.