July 2013

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Cornis pic hiresAs corporate reporters in Australia and elsewhere prepare their next financial, sustainability and integrated reporting cycle, the inevitable question crops up: How does the new version of the Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines, G4, and the proposed framework for integrated reporting, (IR), compare? How do they complement each other?

A new comparative analysis (click here to see Comparative Table) highlights requirements from the G4 that logically link with the latest core requirements by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). It illustrates that producing a quality integrated report requires having a quality sustainability reporting system in place.

Producing big volumes of information doesn’t work well for engaging with most stakeholders – so how to make sustainability communications more meaningful and effective? New formats and new channels are setting the trend.

You have probably heard by now that in May the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launched G4, the new version of its reporting guidelines. (If you haven’t, here is a full analysis of G4.) Among the key changes is the positioning of ‘materiality’ at the centre of reporting: cut the clutter, report only what is relevant.