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Thursday, October 4, 2007
Now, there is a better way to answer those important questions. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and its partners?including the World Resources Institute and its New Ventures project?have unveiled the GRI Readers’ Choice Awards. It’s a pioneering attempt to capture and share readers’ thoughts on the value of corporate sustainability reports, and get that information to potential new readers. The GRI Readers’ Choice Awards will highlight the reports that are most helpful to communities, investors, customers, journalists and non-governmental organizations.
In addition to an Award for the report with the overall highest score, there will be Awards issued based on the perspectives of key information user communities such as investors, civil society, employees, corporate governance and management, and media; and special reports for non-corporate, smaller enterprises, and non-OECD companies. “Developing the methodology behind the scoring system was a unique challenge for us and the other partners involved” said Jose Luis Blasco, Director, Advisory, Global Sustainability Services, at KPMG. “We had to ensure the system would be a fair representation of report readers’ perspectives, including GRI and non-GRI based reports.”
The World Resources Institute has partnered with the GRI Readers’ Choice Awards to highlight the inaugural sustainability reports of 11 sustainable small and medium sized enterprises. Participating companies have been identified by WRI’s New Ventures project, and hail from Mexico, Brazil, India, Indonesia, and China. New Ventures supports sustainable enterprises by accelerating the transfer of capital to outstanding companies that incorporate social and environmental benefits. Sustainability reporting – using the internationally-recognized GRI methodology – helps measure the direct benefits these firms’ operations create.
The GRI Readers’ Choice Awards will be presented during ?The Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency’, which will be hosted by the City of Amsterdam, and is supported by the Netherlands Government, UNEP, and with the involvement of businesses, NGOs, labor, and investors active in GRI’s worldwide network. GRI’s second international conference will be held from 7 – 9 May 2008. Responding to Climate Change with Concrete Action Respondiendo al Cambio Climatico con accion concreta UNWTO E-Tourism Climate Change Award Earth Lung ? Carbon Free Destinations
Carbon free destinations and interactive ?eTourism? tools to advance a coherent response to climate challenge, are among the proposals discussed at the 2nd International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism held in Davos, Switzerland. UNWTO calls on all private and public stakeholders in tourism to factor climate change into their decision-taking process. UNWTO advocates adaptation to and mitigation of climate change, while maintaining its commitment to reducing extreme poverty and fostering sustainable development, as laid out in the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Increased awareness for climate change and its solutions can be advanced through web-based tools which highlight destinations offering more climate friendly tourism choices, as travel information is increasingly becoming web-oriented. Changing consumption behaviour, for example, by encouraging carbon neutral travel, will be promoted through the UNWTO eTourism Climate Change Award.
This initiative is a global first as it links tourism response to climate change with the latest state of the art information and communications technology. It is also among the practical outcomes of UNWTO?s public-private-partnership signed with Microsoft and acknowledges best practice responses to climate change in order to stimulate innovation and change of behaviour to global warming.
The pilot trial for this award will be held at the Canadian Tourism Commission?s ?Canada-e-Connect?, the 1st Canadian eTourism Strategy Conference & eTourism Awards in Vancouver, Canada, 7-9 November, 2007. Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of experts selected by UNWTO, which will certify and promote the winners (www.canadianetourismawards.com).