G&A Institute Supports The Global Sourcing Council’s “17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative”

Governance & Accountability Institute announces its support of the Global Sourcing Council’s “17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative,” developed by GSC in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by all 193 countries at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

G&A Institute, in the spirit of SDG 17 on “Partnerships For The Goals,” will help to communicate GSC’s message of education and inspiration through its distribution channels, clients, and partnerships. GSC’s 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative will work to educate and inspire the global community about the business case for aligning sourcing and supply chains with the 17 important global goals. This Initiative provides supporters a global platform over the course of 17 weeks to demonstrate their leadership activities around the SDGs in their sourcing and supply chains.

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3BL Media and G&A Institute Join Forces To Improve Distribution and Benchmarking of Sustainability Reports

3BL_4C_blue_NEW[1]We have exciting news for you this week about an important collaboration, just announced by G&A Institute and 3BL Media.  We’re joining forces to help organizations communicate their release of their CSR / Sustainability Report through the largest distribution network focused on CSR and Sustainability news – and to help organizations strategically plan for the future by benchmarking their reporting versus their peers.  Together these offerings can help organizations to be recognized for the accomplishments of their “Sustainability Journey” and to help steer the ship and set the sails in the right direction towards the next report.

3BL Media provides a portfolio of communications and outreach services to a growing roster of corporate and institutional clients.  The company has grown organically and is bolstering its resources by acquiring a number of well-known and established sustainability responsibility players such as CSR Wire, JustMeans, SocialEarth, Ethical Performance, and Report Alert. Corporate clients uses the 3BL platforms to communicate with a wide universe of stakeholders.

The G&A team has been working with 3BL colleagues in a variety of ways over the years, and has just arranged with 3BL to provide a benchmarking resource designed to help management better understand their own competitive positioning on sustainability reporting vs. their industry and/or investment peer companies.  Through this partnership G&A Institute is offering their Basic GRI G4 Competitive Benchmark Report at a discounted rate of $950 when packaged with 3BL’s ReportAlert (Standalone priced at $1500).

3BL Media’s ReportAlert Stakeholder Communications Service allows publishers of sustainability reports to reach the largest and most comprehensive group of important stakeholders around the globe.  The service enables the corporation to cut through the clutter of the increasing number of reports being published.  And, to get important data and narrative in front of “the right people” who might otherwise miss the published report.  This is the ReportAlert Service.

Clients using the ReportAlert service now have the opportunity to also have G&A Institute provide a snapshot report to benchmark their select peers at this discounted price.  This report will be of instant value to the client, presenting highlights of their own company plus three peers, to better understand the competitive environment into which their report is being released, and plan for the future. (What are the peer companies reporting on? How solid is their report – ahead of, behind the client company?  What issues / aspects / indicators are peers finding material?  What are their strengths / weaknesses in disclosure?  Where are opportunities for leadership in the sector?  And more.)

3BL Media’s ReportAlert provides clients with a powerful communications platform exclusively for the distribution of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news and content. This content appears on literally hundreds of thousands of Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters platforms and on thousands of third party media distribution platforms.

To inquire about these new opportunities to improve your sustainability program please contact Louis Coppola at lcoppola@ga-institute.com or 646.430.8230 xt 14.

3BL Media and Governance & Accountability Institute Announce Partnership to Improve Distribution and Benchmarking of Corporate Sustainability Reports 
(Thursday - January 14, 2016)
Source: Governance & Accountability Institute - NEW YORK – 3BL Media and Governance & Accountability Institute (G&A Institute) announced today a data analysis and distribution partnership to increase awareness of corporate sustainability reporting, and to better enable companies to benchmark their sustainability reporting versus their industry…

 

Reporting 2025 – Perspectives: Interview with Martha Herrera Gonzalez, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, CEMEX

The GRI global organization is conducting a series of interviews with thought leaders to gain their perspectives on what they expect the main issues to be on corporate agendas and their public reports in 2025.  These are produced monthly and G&A Institute will share these through our websites, newsletters, blog, social media, and various other channels to raise awareness of this important initiative.

Interview with Martha Herrera Gonzalez, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, CEMEX

15 January 2016

BIG STORIES OF 2015 – WHAT WERE YOUR CHOICES? LOTS OF HEADLINES ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY LAST YEAR

What’s on your list of the top stories of the year just behind us – 2015?  Our Top Story this week is a look back at the Top 10 Business Stories of 2015 by Andrew Winston.  You may know him as the author of “Good to Gold,” a business bestseller.  His commentary was published in Harvard Business Online, and republished by Sustainable Brands in its “The Next Economy” series.  We present it here for your reading.

Andrew Winston’s list is a recap of big business stories – like the VW diesel engine emissions scandal – that also reflect the big news for those of us working in the sustainability field.  Climate change, Pope Francis’s encyclical, news about large companies’ sustainability journeys (old and new economy firms like Apple, Google, Dow, Amazon, GM, Owens Corning), the UN Sustainable Development Goals, renewable energy, Wall Street embrace of sustainable investment, consumer interest in sustainable products…and more.
There are interesting perspectives offered about the events of January-December 2015 and what they mean to us as we enter the new year.  Author Winston says “This year will go down as the time we began, in earnest, to make some important and deep changes in ‘business as usual’.”

We second the motion.  Here at G&A Institute we’re having great conversations with folks in the corporate community and in the capital markets.  The managers involved in sustainability activities are passionate about their work – it’s a calling – and encouraged by the move away from “business as usual” and on to new things, many with “sustainability” and “responsibility” branded over all them.  We’d like to hear from you – what do you think about the events we’ll see in 2016?

10 Sustainable Business Stories That Shaped 2015 … and Some Questions for 2016
(Tuesday – January 05, 2016)
Source: Sustainable Brands - 2015 was a pivotal time when humanity turned more decisively toward building a thriving and sustainable world. On our largest shared challenge, climate change, most of the major hurdles to action — both imagined and real —

Reporting 2025 – Perspectives: Interview with Aldo Cristiano, Director of Cocoa Procurement, Ferrero

The GRI global organization is conducting a series of interviews with thought leaders to gain their perspectives on what they expect the main issues to be on corporate agendas and their public reports in 2025.  These are produced monthly and G&A Institute will share these through our websites, newsletters, blog, social media, and various other channels to raise awareness of this important initiative.

Interview with Aldo Cristiano, Director of Cocoa Procurement, Ferrero

11 January 2016

2016 – A “Hopeful” Year for Sustainability Innovation? Technology Experts Share Their “I Hope” List

Happy New York 2016 to our friends and colleagues!  What are your hopes for sustainability in this new calendar year – the pages are blank, so fill in what you would like to see happening.  Elaine Hsieh, director of VERGE at the Greenbiz Group, did that for us with her “biggest hopes for sustainability technology in 2016,” which Greenbiz presented in a year end post.

The result is “19 for ’16,” answers to Elaine’s questions posed to VERGE leaders. (The VERGE platform covers the intersections of technology, science, art, and culture).  You’ll see brief, byte size responses from such companies and organizations as Google, Zipcar, SunPower, California Clean Energy Fund, AECOM, Rockefeller Foundation, Honeywell, NASA, and others.   Example:  Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower says “when it comes to innovative technology, I’m confident that sustainability will move one step closer to ‘default status’ across industries…”

Here at G&A Institute we are very encouraged by the convergence of many important trends and developments that are pointing to a positive year of advancement of sustainability concepts and approaches in the corporate and investment communities.  We’ll be commenting on these (our list is up to about three dozen and growing) in the pages of our Sustainability Update blog for you.

And as always we are here to help your company as your trusted advisers on Sustainability — please contact us to set up a catch-up call (for our old friends), or an intro call (for our new friends) to explore how we can help!

19 for ’16: Biggest sustainability hopes for 2016
(Monday – December 28, 2015)
Source: GreenBiz - Now, for the next installment of our three-part VERGE series, we asked VERGE leaders a second question: “What’s your biggest hope for sustainability technology in 2016?”