Participants from more than seventy countries attended GRI’s previous Conferences in 2006, 2008 and 2010. For the 2013 Conference
, GRI aims to increase attendance, uniting over 1500 delegates from business, finance, accountancy, consultancy, civil society, government, labor and academia. Leaders in these fields will share their knowledge on the roles of government, business and civil society in driving change and developing a new vision for sustainable, equitable growth.
“Given that future prosperity depends on our collective ability to solve today’s most pressing global challenges, the entire global economy must move towards a more sustainable future,” said Marjolein Baghuis, Director - Communications and Network Relations at GRI.
With the theme of Information – Integration – Innovation, the Conference will give participants new knowledge and insight about sustainability reporting, which can be built on and disseminated to enable a step change to a sustainable future.
Information is key. To increase transparency and find solutions to our sustainability challenges, we need to stay informed of new trends and developments in the field. Companies and investors need better information to assess risk, measure performance, and identify market opportunities. Governments and consumers need better information to make policy and purchasing decisions. A sustainable global economy will be built on the disclosure of sustainability information, and this important topic will be a key component of the first day of the Conference, setting the agenda for the days to come.
To ensure this new information is utilized in the best way, an integrated strategy is needed. “Integrated thinking will enable companies to factor sustainability into their operations, business models, and measures of success,” said Baghuis. “Collaboration between organizations and stakeholders, across sectors and regions, will mean that shared values and best practices can accelerate change.” Participants will also be inspired to integrate their learning from the interactive sessions on day two, and from the Academic Conference on days two and three.
Creating a sustainable global economy is an innovation challenge. Stakeholder engagement, value creation, community involvement – leading organizations are innovating in these and other important areas. The Conference is taking place at a critical time, when leaders from different constituencies can collaborate to connect up and capitalize on these innovations.
Innovation will also be showcased at the Conference with the launch of the next generation of GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – G4. The culmination of fifteen years of expert and public inputs, G4 aims to offer organizations the fit-for-purpose, common reporting language that we need.
Sustainability reporting is reaching a tipping point. If you want to participate in creating a sustainable global economy, don’t miss out – join GRI at the must-attend sustainability leadership event of 2013.