Currently the 855 signatories have signed on to uphold six principles and report on their implementation by the second year of membership. However, the issue of “transparent and measurable action” has become a major concern for the signatories.
UNPRI executive director James Gifford had this to say: “We have just started consultation on this, but the PRI board believes that signatories must be transparent about the actions that they are taking. We won’t expect signatories to expose commercially sensitive activities, but I think we could see something a bit like the Global Compact’s Communication on Progress. We’ve already seen great progress on reporting: we went from 35 in our first year of reporting to several hundred last year. We have to step up though because we are asking companies to be more transparent, so we have to make sure we are reciprocating.”
Over the past year there has been a rising trend in ESG reporting, and the amount of shareholder resolutions filed on this issue has exploded. More and more shareholders are calling for transparency and the government is taking note. This past summer President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank bill into law, calling for more accountability and transparency, specifically in the financial industry. While the law calls out the financial industry in the wake of the economic crisis, the message is loud and clear to every industry in the nation.
It makes sense that the UNPRI has singled out the UNGC, but what about the GRI? Would there be any push to report following the G3 framework? While mandatory non-financial reporting is the goal and certainly important, it’s even more important there be uniform, standard reporting for consistency and comparability.
What do you think? Should the UNPRI encourage its signatories to report not only to the UNGC, but following the G3 framework? Discuss!
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
For each material aspect, the aspect boundary within the organization
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
Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report
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.