The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD supports developing countries to access the benefits of a globalized economy more fairly and effectively by using trade, investment, finance, and technology as vehicles for inclusive and sustainable development.
​UNCTAD is the focal point of the United Nations for the integrated treatment of trade and development and interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development. UNCTAD is the host for the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR).
GRI and the UNCTAD have been collaborating since 2008, and deepened their relationship by signing an Exchange of Letters in March 2017. It marks a strategic partnership with the two organizations on issues related to responsible investment, with a view to developing joint capacity building and policy dialogue activities covering, among others, global value chains.

One of the focus areas of the collaboration is GRI’s support for the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, which is organized by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, the UNEP Finance Initiative and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The initiative acts as a multi-stakeholder platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, regulators and companies, can enhance corporate transparency and performance on environmental, social and corporate governance related issues and encourage sustainable investment. GRI has already been actively contributing in the SSE Global and Regional Dialogues and is engaging with exchanges directly to support them in developing their own guidance.

Since the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2008, GRI and UNCTAD have continued promoting greater understanding and participation in the processes that set internationally recognized sustainability reporting standards. As an example, the organizations have collaborated on the work of the International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR), focusing on tracking the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12.6 to encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.