Following the success of the first batch of Technical series 2019-2020, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in collaboration with Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is organizing the second batch of the Technical Series titled ‘Preparing a Sustainability Report’ on 15th, 17th, 22nd June 2021, from 10.30 AM to 12.00 PM.
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is an independent international standard-setting organization that helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being.
GRI pioneered sustainability reporting in the late 1990’s and has since become the globally accepted standard for enabling business, governments and other organizations to understand and communicate their impacts on critical sustainability issues.
Today the framework is being used by governments, financial regulators, capital markets, businesses in more than 100 countries around the world. GRI has also been working very closely with the UN to move businesses to report clearly on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
While Sri Lanka does not currently have a regulation that mandates sustainability reporting, the practice is encouraged by the voluntary adoption under the Code of Best practice on Corporate Governance issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CASL) together with The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC).
GRI South Asia in collaboration with CSE actively engaged with listed companies through a series of workshops, sessions and, virtual roundtables. As a result, we have seen 5 times rise in sustainability reporting and 6-fold rise in GRI reports among the listed companies (from 2013 to 2019). Furthermore, it has been established that reporting on impacts using GRI, helps organizations better anticipate risk, and develop strategy for long term sustainability of the business.
CSE in collaboration with GRI launched the ESG Guidance document titled ‘Communicating Sustainability: Six Recommendations for Listed Companies Version 02’. The Technical Series will refer to this publication and several other GRI resources and tools to support participating companies to prepare a GRI Standard based report. In addition to this we will also invite practitioners and experts from various organizations to share their perspectives, tips, experience and expectations from reporters.
In this high value, professional workshop, we will discover why it makes business sense to adopt sustainable business practices, how to monitor, manage and communicate on your performance. The workshop will be facilitated by GRI South Asia. In addition to GRI and CSE, external experts are also invited to share their perspectives and experience from DNV, Ernst & Young, KPMG and invited speakers from Listed companies in Sri Lanka. It is an ideal opportunity for listed companies to start their reporting journey.
The Technical Series is exclusive for Listed companies and large companies in Sri Lanka (Manager and above) from diverse department who would contribute to preparing the sustainability report of the organization (e.g.: CSR or sustainable development department of the company, HR, Communication, Finance, Operation, Corporate Planning, Risk, Health and Safety). No prior knowledge on CSR/Sustainability is required for attending the series. This is a three-part workshop series.
There is no registration fee for attending the Technical series i.e. all the three workshops. However, seats are limited to the first 40 companies to register. You are requested to nominate maximum up to two representatives from your organization. The participants should commit to initiating sustainability reporting process within their organization and should participate proactively in all the 3 workshops of the series. Participants of the Technical Series will receive a certificate on successful completion of the Technical series.
For registration details please send a mail to [email protected] on or before 10th June 2021. First come, first served basis is applicable.
Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE):
The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) operates the only stock market in Sri Lanka and is responsible for providing a transparent and regulated environment where companies and investors can come together. The CSE is a company that is limited by guarantee established under the Laws of Sri Lanka.
The CSE is licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and is a mutual exchange consisting of 15 Members and 15 Trading Members. All Members and Trading Members are licensed by the SEC to operate as Stockbrokers. For more information, please visit: www.cse.lk.