GRI events at the UN High-Level Political Forum

Published date: 30 June 2022

Engagements that focus on the enabling role of corporate transparency in advancing the SDGs

With the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development taking place in New York from 5-15 July, GRI is co-hosting a series of events that put the spotlight on how organizations can increase their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 2022 HLPF, which includes a three-day ministerial council of world leaders, has the theme: ‘Building back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’. This year’s HLPF will review progress on five of the Global Goals – SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 14 (life under water), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals).

The following online events are being delivered during HLPF, with registration now open to attend for free.   

Addressing the SDG environmental data gap for biodiversity and nature (5 July)

  • This panel discussion, an official HLPF side event from GRI and CDP, will explore how improvements and innovations in data collection can provide impactful contributions to one of the biggest challenges of our time: protecting biodiversity and nature. Speakers will include representatives from the International Monetary Fund, the UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). 

Implementing and interconnecting environmental and human rights due diligence (5 July)

  • This official HLPF side event, hosted by GRI and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), will focus on the key role of due diligence throughout the value chain, to identify, prevent and mitigate their impacts on human rights and the environment. With expert input from GRI, the DIHR and the OECD, the session will include case studies on the challenge of integrating human rights and environmental due diligence, for rights holders as well as companies.

Business reporting on the SDGs (13 July)

  • This event, co-hosted by GRI and UN Global Compact, will share the latest trends in SDG reporting, including the growing relevance of the ‘double materiality’ principle and how it can help reporters demonstrate their impacts. The session will unveil newly revised reporting guidance for the private sector, An Analysis of the Goals and Targets, which provides an inventory of disclosures under each SDG at the target level, to helps companies report in an effective and comparable way that meets stakeholder needs.

GRI initiatives related to the SDGs are aligned with SDG target 12.6, which which requires action to encourage businesses  to adopt sustainable practices and integrate sustainability information in their reporting cycle. GRI support includes: