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“He stared at his hot chocolate like it held the secret to the universe.” — Lilith Saintcrow, Strange Angels


Deep in the tropical forests of the Amazon basin and across the foothills of the Andes, Theobroma cacao trees rustle and grow, as they have since their origin here more than 20,000 years ago. Derived from the Greek for “food of the gods,” Theobroma is fittingly named. Ancient lore has it the plumed serpent god Kukulcan gave the Mayans the divine cacao bean, which in time gained its own deity, Ek Chauj, along with elaborate ceremonial rituals.

Since this long-ago first cultivation, cacao has spread far and wide, becoming a favorite indulgence the world over and being produced in even greater quantities in West Africa and other tropical zones than in its home region. And, where it was once reserved for the royalty of ancient empires, its rituals are… More >

Although December 31, 2015 is the deadline to fully transition to GRI G4, we believe most companies will derive significant benefit from an earlier switch.

As an Organizational Stakeholder of the GRI since 2005 and an attendee of all three GRI G4 Master Classes held by the GRI US Focal Point, Framework can provide the support you need in charting your path forward.

G4 Briefings. 45-minute WebEx sessions for you and your team where we present key changes in the G4 and answer your immediate questions about transitioning from G3 to G4.

G4 Alignment. We will evaluate your current reporting to determine existing alignment with G4 requirements and will develop a roadmap for transitioning to full G4 reporting. If your company has already conducted a materiality analysis, we will map your material issues to relevant GRI G4 Aspects and related indicators in order to identify anticipated disclosures necessary under the… More >

In our latest report review for Ethical Corporation magazine, Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy examines the 2012 annual report from defense manufacturer BAE Systems.

She finds a company impressively committed to applying many of the principles of integrated reporting defined by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), but also facing the opportunity to better define its performance goals for the coming years.

Read the full review here.