GRI works with many associations around the world. According to Mike Wallace, Director of GRI’s Focal Point USA, associations are vital to helping make sustainability and reporting an integrated part of business for companies. “Sustainability and transparency through reporting can have significant benefits for business, if implemented effectively. Since associations already provide support and guidance to their members, sustainability and reporting can be the latest valuable addition to every association’s value proposition.
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Mike Wallace added "The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is also working with GRI to educate their members, boards of directors of some of the US’s largest corporations and non-profits. Boards are increasingly being challenged on a range of sustainability related topics and the collaboration between NACD and GRI is resulting in hundreds of directors hearing directly from GRI and GRI reporters about the benefits of integrating sustainability into core business activities, as well as reporting on performance to the markets.”
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) requires its 22 member companies (which include most of the largest companies in the sector) to report in accordance with the GRI Guidelines. ICMM was part of the Working Group that developed GRI’s Mining and Metals Sector Supplement, which was released in 2010. According to ICMM Chair and BHP Billiton CEO Marius Kloppers, “We have established a solid foundation for member accountability. All ICMM member companies, both new to the organization and existing members, must commit to ICMM’s 10 sustainable development principles and formally report their progress through independently verified reports.”
Guy Bigwood, Sustainability Director of Association Management and Consulting company MCI, comments that, “through sustainability initiatives many smart trade associations and societies are increasing the value they provide their members. Sustainability education initiatives, tools, guides, knowledge sharing events and recognition programs are just some of the new products and services that associations can implement. Aside from increasing member value, some of these are potential income generating opportunities.”
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