Recent posts on research

After long anticipation, integrated reporting is gaining momentum, a fact that will be aided by the release of new guidelines by both the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in 2013.

In order to gauge progress in the field and identify current best practices as these developments take shape, Framework has produced The State of Integrated Reporting: Innovation and Experimentation in the Merging of ESG and Financial Disclosure, a new study comparing disclosures self-identified as integrated by 12 global companies.

What exactly is integrated reporting, and can it work for your company? Learn the latest on this important new communication format by reviewing our new research and joining us for a discussion with some of the field’s pioneers:

  • Download the PDF of the full study
  • Read the summary of our findings on
  • See materials from our recent webinar, Integrated Reporting: On-the-Ground Perspectives

You are invited to a webcast presenting the results of new research on the use of materiality analysis among sustainability leaders!

Date: May 19, 2011
Time: 12:00-1:00pm EDT

Materiality analysis—a rigorous and replicable process of prioritizing issues, risks, and opportunities using stakeholder inputs and company insights—is playing an ever-greater role in sustainability strategic planning and reporting. Yet an analysis of the 2010 “100 Best Corporate Citizens” as ranked by Corporate Responsibility Magazine reveals that less than 50 percent of the companies conducted a materiality analysis, and only half of those used the results to shape their sustainability reports. Fewer than one in ten companies that conducted materiality analyses aligned their 10K financial disclosures with identified material issues.

Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, principal at Framework:CR, will lead a discussion of the research approach and results, including:

The strategic importance… More >

Getting It Right:
Materiality Analysis and Strategic Sustainability

Welcome to Framework:CR’s five-part blog series on materiality analysis. In this series we discuss:

our methodology, using the CRO100 Best of 2010
how many companies conducted materiality analyses
whether the materiality process and results were described or presented
the connection between GRI A-level reporting and materiality analyses
how materiality analyses helps companies to act more strategically and prepare for integrated financial and sustainability reporting

Part 1 in a Series

The Lay of the Land
Are sustainability leaders identifying and reporting on material issues?

What are your company’s major challenges, risks, and opportunities? How do you know?
Is it clear what steps you’re taking to address top-priority issues?
Are the top-priority issues reflected in your financial filings and disclosures?

These… More >