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Bridge the data gap between investors and companies in the food and agriculture sector: Join the Materiality Roundtable Series
23 January 2018

Sustainability reporting can help companies understand and communicate their impact on critical issues, like climate change, human rights and governance. It can help identify risks in supply chains, take steps towards more efficiency, or help create new opportunities for growth.
​While companies are often eager to report, it is not always easy to identify the material topics they need to disclose, and it remains a challenge to integrate them in corporate reports in a clear and actionable manner that can be useful for investors and other stakeholders.

GRI, Yale University, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Ceres, launched the Materiality Roundtable Series, a unique platform for companies and investors which helps organizations to identify and integrate sustainability information into their corporate reporting.

 
Led by leading organizations in the sustainability and academic fields, the series is designed to drive discussion about sustainability reporting specifically in the food and agriculture sector. The events are free of charge; previous knowledge and experience in sustainability reporting is required to participate. There are two streams to the program: one aimed at reporting companies and one for investors:

 
For companies

The Materiality Roundtable Series offers the opportunity to join two in-person meetings and two online discussions. These events are aimed at companies that have at least two years of reporting experience and operate in the food and agriculture sectors.
 
Reporting companies in these sectors will reflect on the concept of materiality assessment and how the priorities for reporting are determined. Read full details on this program here.

Join our next Roundtable where we discuss how to ensure that a company's internal processes facilitate and enhance the materiality assessment, and explore ways in which reporting practices can match investor needs:
 
 
The final Roundtable in the company series (which merges with the investor stream, see below) will foster a conversation between the participants and engaged investors, with the objective of addressing expectations and challenges related to sustainability disclosures. Register here to join the session: 
 

 
 
Please contact Francesca Palamidessi at palamidessi@globalreporting.org with any questions about the reporting companies’ series.


For investors

If you are an investor with some experience in ESG integration or green finance and you are considering (or already) investing in the food and agriculture sectors, this part of the series is ideal for you. You'll get to share your views on current sustainability reporting, and how it meets your information needs as an investor, contributing your own expertise and experience to the program. See the upcoming events in this series below, and read full details on this program here.


 
   
Please contact Riccardo Gorgoglione at gorgoglione@globalreporting.org with any questions about the investor series.


Practical information

Note that some live sessions can also be followed online. Check the event details in the links above for more details.

Attendance to the meetings is free of cost, but travel and accommodation costs are not covered by the program.

On behalf of all partners, we hope to see you either in person or virtually, to exchange ideas and help make sustainability reporting an even better business tool.