The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) today announced an agreement that will see the two organizations deepen their cooperation to transform the future of corporate reporting.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by GRI Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen and IIRC Chief Executive Officer Paul Druckman, demonstrates the common interest of both organizations in enhancing the reach, quality and consistency of global corporate reporting in order to deliver value to investors and other stakeholders.
Both organizations share a common view of the evolution of corporate reporting – one in which Integrated Reporting and Sustainability Reporting play a vital and complementary role.
GRI Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen said: Integrated Reporting is a powerful lever to mainstream sustainability disclosure where it relates to a companys ability to create and sustain value.
Investors are increasingly recognizing that the value of an organization goes far beyond its financial statements. To truly assess and articulate value, a company must demonstrate that it has an integrated and sustainable strategy encompassing all of its capital including its people, the natural resources it uses, and the integrity of its supply chain.
By presenting the link between a companys financial management and its social and environmental capital, Integrated Reporting provides a key opportunity to articulate the value of integrated thinking, demonstrating to investors and other stakeholders that business interests can only be enhanced by embracing a sustainable future.
IIRC Chief Executive Paul Druckman said: This MoU cements the relationship and prepares us for the next phases of our work: the delivery of the Integrated Reporting Framework and then its implementation. We have been working to help create a better reporting environment that will generate benefits for businesses, investors and the wider economy. We want to end the cycle of compliance reporting and focus on what is most relevant to the creation of value and the execution of business strategy."
The IIRC is working to create the globally accepted International Integrated Reporting Framework. Rather than seeking to create new indicators, the framework will encourage organizations to make use of existing reporting standards and guidelines, such as GRIs Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
In April 2013, the IIRC will publish the Consultation Draft of the International Integrated Reporting Framework. The consultation will take place between 16 April and 15 July and the Framework itself will be released in December 2013.
In May 2013, GRIs Global Conference in Amsterdam will see the launch of the next generation of the GRI Guidelines G4. It will also provide an opportunity to debate how Integrated Reporting and Sustainability Reporting are related.