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World Bank adopts XBRL for 2014 Sustainability Review

GRI XBRLThe World Bank continues to lead the pack of multilateral financial institutions in sustainability reporting. Not resting on its laurels, the Bank is now also one of the first adopters of GRI’s XBRL, a tagging system to make reporting machine-readable. Will others follow? Read More

MDBs adopting GRI Framework

Cover_GRI4As a former staff of the European Bank currently assisting the World Bank with a stakeholder panel review of its corporate responsibility review, I was impressed to see that many of the major multilateral development banks (MDBs) have adopted the sustainability reporting framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The World Bank was one of the first organizations to adopt the latest – fourth generation – guidelines (GRI G4) already last year, and still remains the only one to do so amongst its peers.

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Why are GRI report publication dates shifting to later?

Image Best-Before 03As a GRI-G4 certified practitioner in sustainability reporting, I note an interesting trend. Reporting dates appear to show a forward shift (on average), although you might expect the opposite, as organisations get better at it. Why is this?

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Welcoming Petrus Gildenhuys

Petrus in blue photoPetrus Gildenhuys, formerly with ERM and PwC, has joined Prizma's networked and outcome oriented consulting practice as a Senior Sustainability Reporting and Assurance Advisor. Petrus has already been contributing to several of Prizma's recent projects. These include an independent assurance engagement for a GRI-G4 sustainability reporter in the mining sector, and assisting the World Bank with a sustainability reporting review panel.

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Postcard from Portugal

Recently, I had a chance to join my colleague Petrus Gildenhuys as part of an AA1000 assurance assignment and visit Portugal. It was a beautiful drive to site: the undulating landscape was interrupted by idyllic villages, and we lost count of the number of storks we noticed along the way. The World Cup was dominating small talk, although it was starting to compete with news about the troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo.

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Hidden Gems of King III and GRI plus 12 Report

Michael Rea's annual research on South African sustainability reporters contains hidden gems: what are commonly and rarely used GRI indicators?

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King III and GRI plus 12 Report Out

Review of Sustainability Reporting in South Africa

For the third time in as many years, published its standard-setting research of all 100 GRI-based sustainability reporters and sheds light on King III style Integrated Reporting in South Africa. Read More

Fulbright Academy joins NGO GRI Reporting Pioneers

Joining the likes of  Amnesty, the Earth Charter Initiative and the Social Investment Forum, the Fulbright Academy released its first, integrated GRI report. Why? Read More

GRI Reporting in Mining on Increase

GRI Reporting in Mining Sector 2009-2010

GRI recorded 87 mining reporters for the 2010 period, up from 70 in 2009. 61 had adopted GRI’s Mining and Metals Sector Supplement. Nine were classified as integrated reports (4 from South Africa). Read More

Deloitte Highlights Need to Manage Risks of Sustainability Reporting


Deloitte's publication 'Sustainability Reporting: Managing risks and opportunities' provides a good summary of drivers for disclosure of sustainability data, and associated risks (reporting discrepancies, greenwashing, fraud and litigation). Read More