Hello from SRI in Rockies! As a sponsor of this conference, BrownFlynn is pleased to be here with more than 500 other people who are passionate about directing the flow of investment capital in transformative ways and drive a shift to a more sustainable economy. Most encouraging to note is that 200 of these people are first-time attendees at this conference, further reinforcing the increased interest in making companies and the world more sustainable.
I arrived yesterday afternoon to join up with Barb Brown and John Barrett from our team, and we’ve already met some great people and heard some interesting speakers. A couple of key takeaways:
1) 75% of a company’s value is now based on qualitative analysis–the intangibles–which is up from 25% twenty years ago. The intangibles have also evolved over this timeframe and are now referred to as the “new intangibles”, which include: governance, environmental impact, transparency, community involvement, product safety, employee relations (specifically fairness and diversity), human rights, and reputation.
2) There are 3 “Myth Busters” when it comes to socially responsible investing–and Craig Metrick, Principal & U.S. Head of Responsible Investment for Mercer, shared his feelings about these myths, which include:
a) SRI funds have a limited investment universe–as Craig said, “Busted!” (Not true!)
b) Performance of SRI funds is not competitive with other funds–“Busted!” (Not true!)
c) The scope of SRI is insignificant–“Busted!”–(Not true!) In fact, SRI funds topped $3 trillion dollars in 2010.
There are more great sessions still to come…looking forward to learning more and meeting many new colleagues over the coming few days!
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Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organization about relevance of sustainability to the organization and the organization’s strategy for addressing sustainability
Name of the organization
Primary brands, products, and services
Location of organization’s headquarters
Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report
Nature of ownership and legal form
Scale of the reporting organization
Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region, broken down by gender
Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements
Description of the organization’s supply chain
Significant changes during the reporting period regarding organization's size, structure, ownership, or supply chain
Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization
Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses
Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations
Entities included in the organization consolidated financial and nonfinancial reports
Process for defining report content
Material aspects identified in the process for defining report content
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For each material aspect, the aspect boundary outside the organization
Explanation of the effect of and reasons for any restatements of information provided in earlier reports
Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope and aspect boundaries
List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization
The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage
The organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process
Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Report the stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns
Date of most recent previous report
Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents
‘In accordance’ option and GRI Content Index
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Governance structure of organization, including committees of the highest governance body
The organization’s values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics
Disclosure on Management Approach for Aspect
Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations.
Financial assistance received from government.
Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts.
Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender and region.
Average hours of training per year per employee, by gender and by employee category.
Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category.