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Select your sessions and Master Classes at the upcoming Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting
06 March 2013
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​Stakeholder engagement, materiality, communicating sustainability performance – these and other increasingly pressing issues will be key topics of the Master Classes and Conference sessions to be held at GRI’s Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting, taking place from 22-24 May in Amsterdam.
​The Master Classes will form an important part of a Conference agenda that includes training sessions, workshops and networking time. These hands-on sessions will be aimed at both advanced reporters and beginners, and registration for the Classes will open in mid-March.

The Master Classes will take place on the morning of Wednesday 22 May from 9.00 – 11.00 and 11.30 – 13.30, and on the afternoon of Friday 24 May from 14.30 – 16.30. The Master Class topics are:

1. Stakeholder engagement
2. Defining report content
3. Driving change by linking sustainability strategy with reporting
4. The GRI XBRL Taxonomy and how it can improve the sustainability reporting process
5. Sustainability goal setting
6. Sustainability communications

The stakeholder engagement Master Class will focus on the latest innovations in stakeholder engagement – demonstrating how effective it can be for reporting, strategy and overall organizational performance. The Class is being organized by ACCSR Australia, and will be facilitated by Dr. Leeora Black and Miguel Oyarbide.

The second Master Class on defining report content will be organized by Sustainserv. The facilitators of the Class, Bernd Kasemir and Claudia Egge, will guide participants in how to assess material topics for reports, how to constructively gather feedback from different parts of the organization, and how to decide on a reliable reporting blueprint.

Master Class number three is about driving organizational change by linking an organization’s sustainability strategy to its reporting process. It will focus on translating the strategic sustainability aims of an organization into Key Performance Indicators and practical targets that can be measured, managed and reported against. This Master Class will be facilitated by Julie Fitzsimmins and Suzi Ibbotson of Lodestar.

The GRI XBRL Taxonomy Master Class will explain how GRI’s Taxonomy improves the sustainability reporting process for all stakeholders. It will teach participants how to understand the value of a digital sustainability report and how to benefit from the Taxonomy. It will also show participants how to collect sustainability information in a digital format to enable more efficient processing and effective analyses. This Class will be facilitated by Paul Hulst and Udeke Huiskamp of Deloitte Netherlands.

In the fifth Master Class, facilitators James Margolis and Jennifer Eastes, from ERM, will share recent benchmarking research on how to select the right topics for sustainability goal setting. The Master Class will be highly interactive and will encourage participants to share their own experiences and insights related to the goal-setting process.

The sustainability communications Master Class will provide participants with advice on which communications tools and techniques to use to ensure that their sustainability reports get the maximum exposure and use, inside and outside of the organization. The Master Class will be led by Jeremy Cohen from public relations agency Edelman.

The Master Classes cost €150 per person, per class. Seats are limited, so be sure to sign-up for your chosen Classes as soon as registration opens. To stay informed of registration opening dates for the Master Classes and other Conference sessions, follow GRI on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

If you have any questions about the Conference, or want more information about the agenda, travel, and accommodation, visit the Conference webpages or contact the GRI Conference team.