Governance & Accountability Institute: INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE – GRI Data Partner Reports Analyst

The opportunity:  Learn to Analyze Data and Interpret Content from Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting

Position:  GRI Data Partner – Sustainability Report Analyst Internship Available

Location: Virtual (our offices are in NYC).  Most work will be done remotely with a flexible work schedule – at your own location.  Initial training via Web.

Time Requirements: This position will require approximately 10 hours a week and would begin ASAP.  The timing of the work is flexible and can be done remotely for a majority of the time required.

Description

The Governance & Accountability Institute is a New York City-based company that specializes in research, communication, strategies and other services focused on corporate sustainability and corporate ESG performance (“Environmental, Social, Governance”) issues.  GAI is offering the opportunity for an internship for a qualified student interested in learning more about these topics.

This is a very fast growing area of interest to corporations, and Wall Street interests.  The GRI reporting framework is the most widely used in the world for these types of reports.

G&A is the exclusive data partner for the United States, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).  The Global Reporting Initiative is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of sustainability reporting as a way for organizations to become more sustainable and contribute to sustainable development.

GRI provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is the most widely used and respected around the world.  Currently thousands of global organizations use the GRI to report on their Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance strategies, impacts, opportunities and engagements.  (www.globalreporting.org).  The G&A Institute interns learn important elements about GRI reporting that can be used in their future work situations.

As the exclusive US, UK and Ireland data partner of the GRI, The Governance & Accountability Institute’s role is to collect, organize, and analyze sustainability reports that are issued by corporations, public entities, not-for-profits and other entities in The United States, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for the benefit of all stakeholders.  In this role the analyst will work as part of a team to analyze these reports for inclusion in the largest global database of Sustainability reports, the GRI’s Sustainability Disclosure Database (database.globalreporting.org).

The Intern Opportunity

Learning to read, analyze, use, and structure data from reports using the GRI G3, GRI G3.1, GRI G4, GRI-Reference as well as NON-GRI corporate and institutional reports will comprise the majority of this assignment.  The research will also contribute to several published research reports on various trends in sustainability reporting which are widely referenced by media, academics, business, capital markets players and other important sustainability stakeholders.

The student(s) selected will have the opportunity to experience a fast-paced, highly-adaptive (and nurturing) culture in a small but growing company with a unique niche. This is a hands-on position with considerable learning opportunity for those headed for a career in corporate responsibility.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong background and keen interest in ESG and Sustainability issues and topics.   A plus: strong technical, communication, and organizational skills.  Basic skills in Excel and researching on Google are required. Applicants with writing and editing abilities will have preference.

Interested students should send a resume outlining education and skill sets. As an option, a one to two page introduction essay on what you would like to learn more about (in terms of your career goals), what your interests are, and anything else you feel may be relevant to the job/our organization will also be welcomed.    Samples of writing or research on sustainability or other topics are also a plus.

G&A interns get public recognition for their work in our published reports, on our web platform and in other ways. To see what other interns have been doing (and their backgrounds) check out the intern Honor Roll at http://www.ga-institute.com/the-honor-roll/

Contact Information
Louis D Coppola
Governance & Accountability Institute,
845 Third Ave, 6th Floor, NY, NY  10022
Email: lcoppola@ga-institute.com
Ph: 646-430-8230 x14

GRI Releases New Linkage Document for G4 / CDP WATER

By Louis Coppola @ G&A – Part of the Sustainability Big Data Series

GRI has just released the latest of its “linkage documents”.

This one is the first to link the CDP Water questions to the GRI G4 indicators.

The goal of these linkage documents is to reduce “survey fatigue” and to allow companies to translate their disclosures between multiple important third party disclosure standards and data requests.  Linking these disclosures through a comprehensive reporting index can also add value for the readers of reports which can look at data through the lens of their choice and quickly identify the most important and relevant information.

Both organizations continue to cooperate on aligning best practice, thus avoiding duplication of disclosure efforts, and easing the reporting burden for the thousands of companies that use CDP’s water program and GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. This alignment allows organizations to use the same data points in both reporting channels. The information provided through either channel can form part of a sustainability report using the GRI Guidelines and/or to answer parts of CDP’s questionnaires.

“Driven by our ongoing commitment to advance a common approach to water disclosure and streamline global reporting, we worked together with CDP to create this linkage guidance”, says Bastian Buck, Director Reporting Standard at GRI. “Thousands of reporting organizations will derive benefit from it, ultimately ensuring corporate reporting is indeed more efficient, effective, and valuable to a wide array of information users around the world.”

“Water is becoming a strategic concern for many businesses and consequently we are seeing an increase in corporate water disclosure”, says Pedro Faria, Technical Director at CDP. “The alignment between GRI and CDP on water linkages will facilitate more efficient corporate reporting. It will also improve the consistency and comparability of data, enabling multiple stakeholders to better understand how business

Linking GRI and CDP: Water (2015) can be downloaded for free in the GRI Resource Library

Linking GRI and CDP: Climate Change (2015) can also be downloaded for free here.

 

 

Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Conglomerates Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Conglomerates Sector

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Conglomerates Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 23 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Conglomerates Sector are:

  1. Child Labor
  2. Water
  3. Compliance
  4. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  5. Employment
  6. Non-Discrimination
  7. Training and Education
  8. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  9. Economic Performance
  10. Marketing Communications

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
www.ga-institute.com/sustainability-what-matters

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
www.ga-institute.com/getall84

Organizations included in the Conglomerates Sector study are:

3M Company, ALFA, Astra International, Ball Corporation, Bayer AG, Bombardier, Essar Shipping, Fourlis Group of Companies, Georg Fischer, John Keells Group, Keppel Corporation, Maersk Group, Mytilineos Holdings S.A., Piepenbrock Unternehmensgruppe, Reliance Industries Limited, SEKEM Group, Sembcorp Industries Ltd, Sime Darby Berhad, Suez Environment, TASA, ThyssenKrupp  AG, Trelleborg Group, Votorantim Industrial S/A

About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Editors
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet).  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (phamilton@ga-institute.com).

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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Commercial Services Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Commercial Services Sector?

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Commercial Services Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 39 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Commercial Services Sector are:

  1. Customer Privacy
  2. Anti-Competitive Behavior
  3. Training and Education
  4. Non-Discrimination
  5. Compliance
  6. Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  7. Economic Performance
  8. Assessment
  9. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  10. Corruption

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
www.ga-institute.com/sustainability-what-matters

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
www.ga-institute.com/getall84

Organizations included in the Commercial Services Sector study are:

ABM Industries Incorporated, Accenture Spain, Amadeus, Antalis AG, Antaviana, Atento (Spain), Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR), Autodesk, Cognizant, Covanta Energy, CSS Gruppe, Deloitte LLP, Deloitte Netherlands, Deloitte Spain, Deloitte USA, DM9DDB, DNV AS, Enterprise Holdings (EHI), Ernst & Young Brazil, Ernst & Young Netherlands, Ernst & Young Sweden, Ernst & Young Switzterland, Ernst & Young USA, KPMG Brazil, Landcom, LaVola, Logica, Multi Mall Management Portugal, Paharpur Business Centre, Parsons Brinckerhoff, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Netherlands, Randstad Sesa Select, SAS Singapore, Securitas Argentina, Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) Switzerland, Teradata, The Co-operative, Tieto Corporation, Zofri

About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Editors
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet).  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (phamilton@ga-institute.com).

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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Chemicals Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Chemicals Sector?

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Chemicals Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 60 global peers organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Chemicals Sector are:

  1. Assessment
  2. Overall (Environmental)
  3. Water
  4. Customer Health and Safety
  5. Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  6. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  7. Remediation
  8. Products and Services
  9. Biodiversity
  10. Child Labor

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
www.ga-institute.com/sustainability-what-matters

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
www.ga-institute.com/getall84

Organizations included in the Chemicals Sector study are:

Air Products, Albemarle Corporation, American Chemical Society, Aquafil Spa, Arizona Chemical, Ashland, Aspen Pharmacare, BASF SE, Borouge, Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited, Cheminova, Clariant, Clarke, Croda, CYDSA, Dow Chemical, DuPont, DyStar Singapore, Eastman Chemical Company, Ecolab, Elekeiroz, Equate, Evonik Industries, Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited, Galp Energia, HEXPOL, Honam Petrochemical, Hospira, Huntsman Corporation, IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen, Incitec Pivot, Johnson Matthey, Jubilant Industries Limited, Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd, K+S, Kemira, Makhteshim Agan, Mexichem, Nalco Holdings, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Novamont, OAO Nizhnekamskneftekhim, Oil Refineries Ltd, Orica, Petrochina, Polykemi, Praxair, Praxair México y Centro America, Profertil, PTT Chemical Public Company Limited, QUIMICRYL S/A, RadiciGroup- Radici Partecipazioni SPA, Sekisui Chemical, SK Chemicals, SOLVAY s.a., Sumitomo Bakelite, Sumitomo Chemicals, Symrise AG, Tikkurila, Uralkali

About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Editors
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet).  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (phamilton@ga-institute.com).

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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Aviation Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Aviation Sector?

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Aviation Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 18 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Aviation Sector are:

  1. Customer Health and Safety
  2. Local Communities
  3. Assessment
  4. Transport
  5. Biodiversity
  6. Child Labor
  7. Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  8. Occupational Health and Safety
  9. Energy
  10. Economic Performance

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
www.ga-institute.com/sustainability-what-matters

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
www.ga-institute.com/getall84

Organizations included in the Aviation Sector study are:

Airports of Thailand (AOT), Alaska Air Group, AMR, Cathay Pacific Airways, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Enel, Finnair, Fraport AG, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR), ITP (Industria de Turbo Propulsores), Manchester Airport Group (MAG), Mumbai International Airport, Munich Airport, San Diego International Airport, SAS USA, Schiphol Group, Southwest Airlines, Swedavia

About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Editors
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet).  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (phamilton@ga-institute.com).

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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Automotive Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Automotive Sector?

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Automotive Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 29 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Automotive Sector are:

  1. Products and Services
  2. Overall (Environmental)
  3. Customer Health and Safety
  4. Corruption
  5. Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  6. Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  7. Anti-Competitive Behavior
  8. Energy
  9. Materials
  10. Investment and Procurement Practices

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
www.ga-institute.com/sustainability-what-matters

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
www.ga-institute.com/getall84

Organizations included in the Automotive Sector study are:

Aebi Schmidt, AUTOTERMINAL, S.A., Carris, Continental, Daimler, Dimo, Dogus Otomotiv, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Gestamp Aveiro, GM OBB del Ecuador, Hankook Tire, Hyundai Mobis, Hyundai Motor Company, Isuzu Motors, Jaguar Cars, Kia Motors, KOEL, MAN Group, Piaggio Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Sapa Group, Scania, Svensk Bilprovning, Toyota Argentina, Toyota Australia, Valeo, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Volvo Car Corporation

About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Editors
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet).  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (phamilton@ga-institute.com).

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Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Agriculture Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Agriculture Sector?

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Agriculture Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 26 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Agriculture Sector are:

  1. Child Labor
  2. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  3. Biodiversity
  4. Public Policy
  5. Water
  6. Non-Discrimination
  7. Anti-Competitive Behavior
  8. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  9. Occupational Health and Safety
  10. Indirect Economic Impacts

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
www.ga-institute.com/sustainability-what-matters

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
www.ga-institute.com/getall84

Organizations included in the Agriculture Sector study are:

AGCO Corp, AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Agrium, Becker Underwood, Bunge Argentina, Camposol, Copersucar, Danper Trujillo, First Resources, Golden Agri-Resources Ltd, Grupo Los Grobo, Grupo Viralcool, Incauca, Ingenio Pichichi, inpEV (Instituto Nacional de Processamento de Embalagens Vazias), Jain Irrigation Systems, Kelani Valley Plantations PLC, KWS SAAT, Monsanto, Monsanto Latin America South, Netafim, Nidera Argentina, Novus International, Inc., Olam International Limited, Syngenta, Yara International

 

About G&A Institute (www.ga-institute.com)
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Editors
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (www.ga-institute.com/research-reports/sustainability-what-matters/fact-sheet).  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (phamilton@ga-institute.com).

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For Financial Services Sector Managers – Materiality Reporting Workshop, G3.1 and Preparing for Transition to G4

by Hank Boerner, Chairman, G&A Institute

Materiality – for corporate managers, and sustainability report users (asset managers, analysts), materiality really does matter.  But the question is asked — what matters?  To whom? What are our peer companies reporting?  What is best practice in determining the materiality of issues?  What about our sector…industry?

To help answer some of these questions for Financial Services Sector managers, two leading consultancies have teamed to present a workshop on November 20, 2013 at Baruch College / City of New York University.  The “how and why” of determining and reporting on materiality for the sector will be explored and research presented on the 2012 GRI reporting activities of almost 200 companies in the global Financial Services Sector. G&A Institute is teaming with ISOS Group, certified GRI trainers, and host Baruch College / The Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity, to present an all-day workshop on materiality in the Financial Services Sector.

Participants will learn (and get advice on) what companies in North America and other regions are addressing in their materiality processes, and what they are including in their GRI reports. G&A Institute is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States and over the past year has conducted a comprehensive study of corporate reporting using the GRI guidelines, sector-by-sector.  Findings will be shared at the workshop.  ISOS Group conducts the two-day GRI workshops around the country and will discuss the transition to G4 from G3.1, and important aspects of determining materiality for the GRI reporting process.

*NEW IN THE USA: As part of this workshop, participants will receive their Certificate of completion of the “GRI Certified Training Module on Defining Report Content” directly from the Global Reporting Initiative.

The workshop is timely — companies using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for their sustainability reporting are preparing for transition from the present third generation (G3.1) to the new G4 guidelines. There is increased emphasis on the materiality of content of reports in G4. So -what is considered “material?” (Depends on the company’s operations, sector, industry, peer group reporting practices- and very important, stakeholder views on what is material to them.)

Companies experienced in sustainability reporting develop robust materiality processes, which include engaging with a range of stakeholders and developing feedback on their views of materiality (as well as internal processes to identify material issues).. So – looking at 2012 corporate reporting – what are companies choosing as their most material content element? The least material? What’s in the middle? What varies sector-to-sector, industry-to-industry?

The G&A Institute team will provide answers to these questions. We are just completing a year-long study of 1500 global companies in 30+ sectors and their responses to the GRI 3.1 guidelines. We’ll be releasing results over the coming weeks. The first unveiling of the most-to-least responses will be for the global Financial Services Sector.

On November 20, the one-day workshop on Financial Services materiality disclosure and reporting trends agenda will cover many items dealing with Materiality.

Guest speakers include Hideki Suzuki of Bloomberg LP,  Marjella Alma of GRI Focal Point USA, and Herbert Blank of Thomson Reuters (new) TR CR Indexes and benchmarks..

Registration for the workshop is open — information is at: www.isosgroup.com/gri-certified-reporting/trainings/materiality