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11 June 2014
Dr. Aditi Haldar, Director GRI Focal Point India
​Dr. Aditi Haldar, Director GRI Focal Point India

​The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai is currently hosting a major two-day event (June 11-12), entitled “Sustainability Reporting for Sustainable Development”.
Thought leaders from business, civil society, government and social services have gathered to discuss the relevance and implementation of sustainability reporting, particularly in the light of the proposed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event has been organized by the Indian office (Focal Point) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a leading international organization in the sustainability reporting field.
Key elements
A workshop on the first day has provided an introduction and overview of some of the key elements in GRI’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – the de facto sustainability reporting standard. In addition, leading sustainability reporters from four major India-based international organizations have been relating their experiences in using the G4 Guidelines, and participants were asked to provide their own ideas on what makes a good report.

The second day is broader in scope and includes addresses and panel discussions by GRI experts and other leading figures in the sustainability field. Topics will cover the UN SDGs and impact of sustainability reporting, the usefulness of sustainability reports, how sustainability reporting can enhance supply chain transparency, and whether the 2% CSR Spending can drive significant change.
Ideal platform
Of special interest on the second day is a guided tour of the exhibition Seeds of Hope, Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change, a joint initiative of the lay Buddhist movement Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and Earth Charter International.
“The exhibition stresses our interconnectedness with the rest of the ‘community of life’ and the need to broaden our sphere of compassion and concern,” says SGI President Dr Daisaku Ikeda. “It encourages viewers to overcome feelings of powerlessness, and highlights the fact that ‘a single individual can initiate positive change’. The exhibition uses the ‘learn, reflect, empower’ formula outlined in Dr Ikeda’s 2002 proposal on education for sustainable development.
“Sustainability Reporting for Sustainable Development” is an ideal platform and meeting place for anyone interested in the rapid growth of sustainability reporting and how it can be effectively used by organizations to provide more transparency and accountability and to contribute to a sustainable global economy.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Aditi Haldar, Director GRI Focal Point India
C/O BSI Group India
The Mira Corporate Suites A-2
Plot 1& 2 Ishwar Nagar
Mathura Road
New Delhi 110065
Tel: +91 11 26929000 Ext 149