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The State of Sustainability Reporting & Transparency in Canada       

[Join me at TSSS on Feb 5th as we delve into the disconnect between CSR Reporting and Bay/Wall St. – why does it exist and what can we do about it. Click here for details: Bay/Wall Street and Sustainability: Does your CSR Report Resonate with Investors?]

sustainability_reportSustainability reporting in Canada today presents a dilemma. On the one hand, a 2014 study of Canadian reporters by Stakeholder Research Associates Canada (SRA) suggests that a mere 42% of Canadian companies listed on the TSX Composite disclose meaningfully ESG information. SRA’s research also found that among 100 reporting companies across various sectors and geographic regions in Canada, only 20% communicated a long-term strategy informed by targets and goals and only 38% identified their material issues.

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8 Things to Know about Integrated Reporting

reportingKey takeaways from a 2-part Integrated Reporting webinar series, hosted by UN Global Compact Canada.

By: Megan Wallingford and Helle Bank Jorgensen of GCNC

In response to the growing need for companies to demonstrate the relationship between financial and non-financial information, integrated reporting (IR) is emerging as the future of corporate reporting. This fall the Global Compact Network Canada hosted leading integrated reporting experts and trailblazing companies for a 2-part webinar series on IR.

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How should we determine a company’s value?

Benjamin-Franklin-006US founding father Benjamin Franklin once observed: “I believe that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.”

Franklin’s insight, predated by many years the creation of the joint stock, limited liability enterprise, the dominant form of the modern publicly listed corporation. But how prescient was he in relation to contemporary approaches to measuring corporate value, a field replete with Franklin’s “false estimates”? Asset owners and managers obsess over hourly, daily, and monthly swings in share price. Quarterly earnings reports rivet analysts. Investors track earnings per share to inform portfolio management. Short-term returns to finance capital rules the mind of the market, leaving little room for attention and reward to other capitals essential to prosperous business and societies. The electronic ticker-tape dashing across the bottom of computer monitors has become the icon of rampant short-termism and the fleeting metric of corporate value.

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