What do Kit Kats have to do with corporate sustainability?

What do Kit Kats have to do with corporate sustainability?

It’s hard to imagine chocolate posing any significant threat to corporate sustainability.  But that’s exactly what happened when Nestle was brought to its knees by an aggressive Greenpeace campaign highlighting the destruction of native orang-utan habitat in Borneo as a result of the company’s sourcing of palm oil.

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Sustainability Reporting – Waiting for Codes or Guidelines?

Sustainability Reporting – Waiting for Codes or Guidelines?

According to the film The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl the Pirate Code, in practice, “is more what you'd call guidelines than actual rules”. Captain Barbossa’s interpretation of the Pirate Code is consistently used throughout the story to renege on promises, dampen expectations and betray colleagues. As efforts to mainstream non-financial reporting ramp up, we expect the frameworks used to be less subject to Captain Barbossa’s style of interpretation. He is a pirate after all.

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Reporting and Supply Chains – You’ve told us, now tell everyone.

Reporting and Supply Chains – You’ve told us, now tell everyone.

It is no longer breaking news for companies to get a handle on their value chains and increase their expectations of suppliers when it comes to sustainability performance. According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), as much as 86% of a company’s carbon footprint is with its suppliers. Catastrophes in the textile manufacturing sector and NGO protests associated with palm oil production have increased the attention and scrutiny placed on how companies manage these impacts.

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The countdown to the launch of G4

The countdown to the launch of G4

 

The Global Reporting Initiative will launch the 4th  iteration of The Guidelines - G4 – at the forthcoming conference May  22-24.

The design features proposed during the 2nd public  comment period on the G4 Exposure Draft received some heated reviews. Ben  Tuxworth from Salterbaxter and Ralph Thurm from A|HEAD|ahead, traded views on  The Guardian Sustainable Business blog in February and March this year. Elaine  Cohen rounded this off last month with her blog post Is G4 reporting suicide? It  was all very strong stuff indeed.

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Beyoncé, Lance Armstrong and the sustainability report?

Beyoncé, Lance Armstrong and the sustainability report?

The Global Reporting Initiative will launch the 4th iteration of The  Guidelines - G4 - in May this year. On the conclusion of last week’s GRI  Stakeholder Council meeting, I found myself reflecting on Gary Younge’s recent  article in The Guardian ‘From Beyoncé to horse meat to Lance Armstrong’.

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Net Balance Foundation contributes to the Regional GRI Conference

Net Balance Foundation contributes to the Regional GRI Conference

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.

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