Tag Archives: GRI

Six emerging sustainability reporting practices in Canada: TELUS comes out on top

ungc-logoBy Megan Wallingford and Anastasia Ostapchuk of GCNC

After a launch of the Global Compact Network Canada’s inaugural Reporting Peer Review Program this summer, a second cohort of Canadian companies successfully completed the program this October. The seven participating companies (Agrium, Bell, Goldcorp, Loop Initiatives (reviewer only), Stantec, Suncor, & Telus) have named Canadian telecom provider, TELUS, the winner of the Global Compact Peer Review Distinction: Best Report in Group.

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It’s time for a unifying metric that measures well-being and inclusive prosperity

Why does sustainability reporting have to be so complicated? It often feels like we’re striving for half measures or incremental improvements.  Surely we can do better.

Upward spiral

What if there was a unifying metric that allowed companies to measure their influence on well-being throughout their value chain? And only if and when companies performed to a high well-being standard would the rewards, financial and otherwise, follow.

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Talk is Cheap: Don’t tell me about Sustainability – Show me!

Storytelling is one thing – telling fairy-tales is another…


Humanity is currently facing the, without doubt, toughest challenge ever, stakes are extremely high. Telling fairy-tales and cheating on our next generations at such a serious moment is not what you expect…

During the last couple of weeks reports from Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and United Nations Global Compact have shown that there is difference between Saying and Doing – an Enormous difference!

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The Swedish Government Leads the Way on Sustainability

Who best drives advancement in sustainability – governments or corporations? In Sweden, this question is being turned on its head. The answer is not ‘traditional’ government regulation.


The Swedish government is among the nation’s largest employers. It controls more than 50 corporations and holds large positions in well-known companies such as power company Vattenfall, the telecommunications firm TeliaSonera, Scandinavian Airlines and iron-ore producer LKAB.

In 2007, Sweden became the first country in the world to require that state-controlled companies report on their sustainability activities in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Now it’s going further, requiring these companies to make sustainability a core consideration in their businesses.

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Materiality can make or break the usefulness of a sustainability report: Understanding G4

understanding G4

It sounds simple. Define your material issues and off you go, deliver your Sustainability Report in line with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines.

The complications show up when you try to understand what material actually means. Much has been written over the years about materiality in a sustainability context. The opening quotation, for example, in a recently published report by AccountAbility titled Redefining Materiality II goes like this:

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