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Understanding Sustainability Reporting and Integrated Reporting

Seminar Content

This 1.5 day workshop provides a step-by-step guide to implementing sustainability reporting and integrated reporting. The course will enable participants to understand and apply the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and International Integrated Reporting Council’s Integrated Reporting Framework. Participants also will be introduced to other reporting systems, such as the Carbon Disclosure Project, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and International Financial Reporting Standards, as well as how to prepare for third party verification (external assurance or independent auditing).

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for Communications Managers, Corporate Affairs Managers, Public Relations Managers, Compliance Managers, ISO Implementation Team Members, and Management Representatives for Quality, Environment, Occupational Health & Safety, Sustainability and Social Responsibility.

Recommended Training and/or Experience

A general understanding of one or more ISO-type management system standard (e.g. ISO 9001:2008/2015 DIS, ISO 14001:2004/2015 CD, OHSAS 18001:2007/ISO 45001:2016 WD) is recommended, but not essential.

Seminar Materials and Certificate

Each participant will receive a seminar manual and a Certificate of Completion from Omnex Inc., an Exemplar Global certified training provider.

Seminar Instructor

The course will be presented by Dr Wayne Visser, a globally recognised sustainability expert and Vice President of Sustainability Services for Omnex Inc. See Dr Visser’s biography here.

Seminar Goals

  • Review global trends and practices in sustainability and non-financial reporting
  • Assess the requirements of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4), the IIRC Integrated Reporting Framework and other reporting initiatives
  • Understand the process and approach of independent audits of sustainability and non-financial reports

Seminar Outline

Day one (full day)

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Understanding the sustainability, non-financial and integrated reporting phenomenon
    • History of sustainability, non-financial and integrated reporting
    • Global trends insustainability, non-financial and integrated reporting
    • Types of sustainability, non-financial and integrated reports
  • GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4)
    • Reporting Principles for report quality and report content
    • General Disclosure requirements
    • Specific Disclosure requirements
  • IIRC Integrated Reporting Framework
    • Concepts and Six Capitals model
    • Guiding Principles
    • Content Elements
  • Breakout Exercise 1: Best practices in GRI sustainability reporting: Case studies
  • Breakout Exercise 2: Best practices in IIRC integrated reporting: Case studies

Day Two (half-day)

  • Other reporting initiatives
    • Dow Jones Sustainability Index
    • Carbon Disclosure Projects
    • International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Auditing sustainability and integrated reports
    • Principles of auditing
    • Process of auditing
    • Reporting management systems
    • Verification or assurance statements
  • Breakout Exercise 3: Auditing sustainability and integrated reports: Case studies

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