Recent posts on sustainability strategy

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 >

(This post was first published in Triple Pundit. For information on how Framework LLC can support your transition to GRI G4, please see our related services.)

As sustainability reporting has gone from vanguard to mainstay over the past decade, sustainability professionals have struggled with the question of who actually wades through the reams of data that comprise a typical report—especially one developed to the highest GRI Application Levels.

The most feared of the possible answers? That a handful of specialist readers—perhaps mostly sustainability consultants—might be the only dedicated consumers of this information. The specter of investing months of work only to reach such a narrow readership can be dispiriting to Chief Sustainability Officers and sustainability teams and add to the challenges of advocating for budgets and resources.

Now, it’s clear that while limited, the primary audience for sustainability reporting can also be an influential one that includes ratings and… More >

This post is the fifth in a six-part series based on Where Sustainability Lives, a new study that indicates that organizational structure matters to sustainability performance.

In the course of our research, we found that when a company established a dedicated sustainability function or placed responsibility for sustainability in the legal or corporate/public affairs divisions, that company tended to receive greater recognition than if sustainability was managed by community relations/foundation or human resources departments.

What this suggests to me is a continuation of the accelerating shift away from the perception of sustainability as just a “nice to have” or a “good” thing to do. When sustainability “lives” only in philanthropic areas of the company, it can hardly aspire to have broad strategic relevance with regard to core business activities. Conversely, if sustainability lives in oversight hubs such as legal or corporate affairs, the company’s approach can benefit from broad stakeholder… More >