Tools and methods for biodiversity management

IV - Monitoring and Reporting

The final step consists of reporting the actions to the larger public. This can be done via a sustainability or CSR report, press releases etc.

Sustainability reporting means to publicly disclose an organization’s economic, environmental, and social performance. Financial reporting alone no longer satisfies the needs and expectations of shareholders, customers, communities, and other stakeholders for information about the overall performance of a business.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the commonly accepted framework for reporting on the triple bottom line of sustainability - the economic, environmental, and social aspects. In order to assure credibility, consistency, and comparability in what is being reported, the GRI Reporting Framework provides the necessary tools for managing and reducing the costs of sustainability reporting. The sustainability reporting guidelines developed under the GRI are intended to be applicable to all types of organisations. The new G3 Guidelines have become available in October 2006 after over two years of multi-stakeholder consensus-seeking processes. Biodiversity is among the core G3 indicators of the GRI. 

For more information:

The Biodiversity Resource Document published by the GRI aims to assist reporting organizations in understanding the issue of biodiversity and its relationship to their activities and operations; offers insights on specific issues and challenges related to biodiversity reporting; discusses how the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines can be used to report on biodiversity; and provides information resources and references to help organizations with their biodiversity reporting.

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