Responses to the consultation on Recommendations for SDG Disclosures

by Carol A Adams Main points: Responses have been received from framework/standard setters, professional accounting bodies, reporting organisations, asset owners, asset managers, consultants and civil society participants to Recommendations for SDG Disclosures: A Consultation Paper A response to the consultation responses will be published here Work is underway to finalise SDG Disclosure Recommendations Organisations and […]

Have your say on recommended SDG Disclosures

By Carol A Adams Main points: The sustainable development issues addressed by the UN SDGs will impact on long term business success. Businesses, asset owners and asset managers are incorporating the risks and opportunities they bring into their decision making. ACCA, CAANZ and ICAS have collaborated to publish SDG disclosure recommendations – accountants have a […]

ASX 100 rated on their SDG communications

by Carol A Adams Main points: ASX 100 rated on their self-proclaimed steps to contribute to the UN SDGs (along with the FTSE 250) Banking sector in the lead – in communicating at least Australian Senate Enquiry recommends that the government promote reporting on the SDGs and impact investing Coinciding with an Australian Senate Inquiry […]

How to report on the SDGs

by Karen McWilliams Main points: The Senate Inquiry into Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has published 18 recommendations for Australia The Corporate Reporting Dialogue have released a position paper supporting the development of better reporting guidelines for the SDGs Corporate reporting is key to providing the transparency needed to assess progress against the SDGs in a […]

Revised ASX Corporate Governance Principles increase focus on climate change, environmental and social risks

by Carol Adams Main points: The ASX has released revised Corporate Governance Principles The term ‘social licence to operate’ has gone following consultation feedback Climate change and sustainability risks gain prominence Reference made to TCFD, GRI, CDSB and IIRC disclosures / Frameworks Importance of stakeholders to long term value creation is emphasised The Australian Securities […]

Examples of companies linking the SDGs to value creation

by Carol Adams Main points Examples of companies contributing to the SDGs through their overall strategy to create value Partnerships are important to achieving the SDGs and should be acknowledged In my 2017 report The Sustainable Development Goals, Integrated Thinking and the Integrated Report published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and […]

What does investment stewardship mean in the era of climate change and the Global Goals?

by Carol Adams Main points: The UN SDGs provide a useful framework for investors to consider social and environmental risks The UK Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) revised Stewardship Code recognises that climate change poses risk to investment beneficiaries’ returns Responses to the Australian Senate Inquiry on the SDGs emphasised the role of investors Investment stewardship, […]

New approach for businesses seeking to contribute to the SDGs

by Carol A Adams My report outlining a new approach supporting businesses looking to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been published today by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and ICAS (the professional accountancy body), in partnership with the Green Economy Coalition. While overall responsibility for the SDGs lies […]