December 2018 Newsletter
Originally posted December 19, 2018
With the holidays and new year upon us, it is a valuable opportunity to reflect on the year behind, assess where we stand today and plan for the year ahead.
At ISOS Group, we're thankful for all the great people that surround us, from our team to our partners, our clients and you reading this today. Throughout the past few months, we took an opportunity to spread this love by supporting Corazon de Vida, an organization providing life-changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico. We visited the children and brought supplies to an orphanage in Baja (right), and participated in a fundraiser (left), committing to support Corazon de Vida.
We hope the holidays give you an opportunity to share time with your family, friends and loved ones and the new year brings you fresh energy and focus to keep fighting the good fight.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
- the ISOS Group Team
Third-Party Assurance: How It Works
by Gwen White, Ph.D., CPA
As sustainability reports and non-financial disclosures get more scrutiny and use from boards of directors and investors, the information contained in them needs to be accurate, complete and credible. Getting your sustainability report assured by a third party can help to achieve all three.
Read the full blog post here
Integrated Reporting <IR>
If you haven't already, you're poised to hear more mention of Integrated Reporting <IR> in the sustainability reporting space. <IR>, a product of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), aims to better capture how capital (think human and natural capital, not just financial) passes through an organization to create value over time. <IR> developed the below graphic, also known as the '"octopus," to demonstrate this concept and guide practitioners through the thought process. You can find additional information and a larger version of the image by clicking the graphic below.
We'll be dedicating our January newsletter to <IR> and hosting our first certified training in New York in February. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please let us know!
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G4 to GRI Standards
G4 reports published after July 1, 2018, are no longer considered GRI-based reports.* In addition, GRI 303: Water and Effluents and GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety have been revised.
Let us work with you to determine your organization's reporting needs and develop a road map for transitioning to the GRI Standards.
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Articles, Publications and Resources
State by state: An analysis of U.S. companies and cities across seven states - On the heels of COP24, CDP has published a report showing how some of the largest U.S.-based corporations view climate change as an increasing risk to their bottom line and reputation.
SSF's digital library on sustainable finance - Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) aims to strengthen the position of Switzerland in the global marketplace for sustainable finance by informing, educating and catalyzing growth. Their digital library offers up-to-date resources from UNEP, UBS, TCFD, PRI and more.
Paris to Pittsburgh (NatGeo Video) - Funded by Michael R. Bloomberg's Bloomberg Philanthropies, Paris to Pittsburgh shows how disconnected Washington is from the American people on climate change, by highlighting communities across the country that are taking action to confront the severe health and economic threats it poses.
Sustainability Report Spotlight