Sustainability and Integrated Reporting

By: Michael Kraten

Three years ago, at SILC’s inaugural conference, Dr. Mervyn E. King took to the podium on two occasions to present and discuss the “Six Capitals” Integrated Reporting Framework. As the founder of the International Integrated Reporting Council, he followed AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon on stage to discuss the emerging field of sustainability reporting. Later, in the afternoon, he delivered a plenary presentation on sustainable capitalism.

The following year, Dr. King made a return appearance at our annual conference. And each of the following two years, Mr. Melancon did so as well. Their continuing message? That sustainability reporting is necessary for the survival of our planet, and thus represents the ultimate priority of the investment industry.

And now, three years later, where are these gentlemen? Mr. Melancon continues to serve as President and CEO of the AICPA. In addition, he has succeeded the retiring Dr. King to become the Global Chairman of the Board of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

And what of SILC? Continuing in its role as a pioneer of the integrated reporting movement, we are delighted to offer a pair of groundbreaking sessions at our Annual Conference on May 9, 2019.

At the first session, SILC will present a panel discussion that will address various considerations when developing an integrated reporting system. In addition, the panelists will discuss a dashboard reporting approach for firms that are launching an integrated reporting process for the first time.

Then, at the second session, SILC will present an experiential workshop that reviews the efforts of a Fortune 500 firm that has adopted a dashboard approach. Analysts from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) will join this workshop.

Are you interested in developing an integrated report for you or your clients? Then join us at our Annual Conference, and take away pragmatic guidance about a system that you can implement in your own workplace.

Session Descriptions:

Applying the Principles Of Sustainability To Integrated Reporting: A Panel Discussion

How do organizations synthesize the various standards, metrics, and frameworks of sustainability to develop an integrated reporting system for internal management and external disclosure purposes? Our panel of specialists and experts will describe “state of the art” practices for designing and implementing such systems for the C-Suites of global organizations.

An Action Plan For Developing ESG And Integrated Reports: An Experiential Workshop

Roll up your sleeves and join a break-out session that will present a pragmatic action plan for developing integrated reports. Participants will review the publicly disclosed financial and non-financial information of conEdison, a Fortune 500 firm. They will then join a discussion of the relative benefits of presenting information in an integrated report, and will learn to utilize an action plan for designing such reports for their own organizations.

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