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Educating for Sustainability: ISCN and GULF Universities Share Best Practice Report at WEF

At the World Economic Forum last week, the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) in collaboration with the Global University Leader Forum (GULF) shared exemplary campus sustainability case studies provided by 30 of the world’s leading universities all focused on educating for sustainability. 

In 2016 we saw the ratification of the Paris Agreement and global acceptance of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that address issues that touch all of society and all sectors. “In our opinion, it is time for the academic community to seriously rethink and redefine its role in society and in sustainable development efforts.” say René Schwarzenbach, ISCN Board President, and Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in a co-authored foreword for the report. “The global higher education sector has a tremendous opportunity to lead the world in sustainable development research, promotion of solutions, and support for implementation.”

By including sustainable development in the strategic goals for all their activities, universities can create an environment that promotes holistic education of all students. To complement professional and disciplinary education, they can expose students to the practical problems that must be solved in order to achieve the SDGs. They can foster the acquisition of critical, systems-oriented thinking as well as the ability to communicate with various stakeholders within and outside academia.

Download the full report,  Educating for Sustainability 

 “This report is a testament to the work being done in the higher education sector to address sustainability issues globally and how we prepare students to take on these issues for the betterment of our society.” said Zena Harris, Executive Director, ISCN.

The ISCN understands that we need practical and applicable solutions to these global issues and partnerships to accelerate a holistic approach to sustainable development.  We look forward to strengthening the relationships and knowledge exchange in our network and collaborating with organizations such as the SDSN and business to progress sustainable development and education.

The ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter was ratified in 2010 at the GULF meeting at the WEF. Since 2011, ISCN has contributed exceptional case studies to this group as part of our mission to provide a global forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability into research and teaching.

For more information on the ISCN, please visit: http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org.  For inquiries, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Twitter @ISCNSecretariat

For more information on GULF, please visit: http://www.weforum.org/academic-networks

For more information on the SDSN, please visit: http://unsdsn.org/

Sustainability Performance and Investor Relations

We invite you and your colleagues to a roundtable lunch seminar at our Boston Office to learn from each other about how socially-responsible and ESG-focused investors are asking the companies they invest in to implement and report on environmental and social performance programs.

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Joining us will be Brianna Murphy, Vice President of Shareholder Advocacy for Trillium Asset Management, who will talk about how investors are proactively engaging with companies in an effort to increase sustainability-related performance. 


Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: 31 State Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA

Lunch will be provided and parking at the Garage at Post Office Square will be validated. 

 

Please register here

Integrated Reporting Pioneer Joins Sustainserv as Senior Advisor

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Sustainserv is delighted to announce that Mike Krzus, a thought-leader in the rapidly developing field of Integrated Reporting has joined the Sustainserv team as a Senior Advisor. In this role, he will provide strategic counsel and guidance as Sustainserv expands its capabilities regarding holistic and comprehensive sustainability reporting services.

As one of the pioneering firms in corporate sustainability consulting, Sustainserv brings more than 15 years’ experience delivering sustainability strategy, data analytics and reporting services and training to global companies across many sectors. Mike brings 38 years of industry and public accounting experience, prior to retiring from a global accounting firm in 2011 and founding Mike Krzus Consulting. He has worked with public and privately held companies as an independent integrated reporting consultant.

Mike is coauthor, with Robert G. Eccles and Sydney Ribot, of The Integrated Reporting Movement: Meaning, Momentum, Motives, and Materiality. Mike and Bob Eccles also wrote One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy. In addition, he has written or coauthored 14 articles, five book chapters, two case studies, two teaching notes, and a working paper on integrated reporting. Mike is a passionate advocate for integrated reporting and has spoken at business forums, investor meetings, regulatory agencies, accounting firms, stock exchanges, and universities around the world.

“We are thrilled to have Mike join our team.” said Bernd Kasemir, Managing Partner of Sustainserv. “He brings unparalleled experience and thought-leadership that will support us as we develop state-of-the-art integrated reports for our clients. Mike plays a similar role with our strategic partners BrownFlynn, and we look forward to the value he will bring to this important collaboration.”

“I am delighted to collaborate with both BrownFlynn and Sustainserv” said Krzus. “They each have a long track record providing sustainability strategy and reporting services to global companies in Europe and the US. I look forward to this partnership and am excited to participate in the further development of the next generation of sustainability reporting products.”

For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 617-330-5001

Info-Event GRI Standards

More and more companies are publishing a sustainability report, and this trend is being fueled by rising pressure from regulations (e.g. CSR-Directive of the EU), investor and customer demands and preferences, as well as the more established Standards for GRI reporting.

When preparing a sustainability report, many companies use the globally renowned Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework – and GRI’s framework only continues to increase in popularity and practicality for many companies writing sustainability reports. Last October, GRI launched the "GRI Standards", a revised and expanded version of its innovative framework. The content update is very similar to GRI’s G4 guidelines, however the new modular structure and clearer requirements make the implementation of the GRI Standards much easier - especially for beginners.

Please join us for our informative event and learn about the new GRI Standards and its implications!

Date and Time:  Thursday, December 15, 2016, 08:45 to 10:00
Breakfast and networking after the event!

Costs: Free

Location:      Sustainserv GmbH, Gartenstrasse 16, 8002 Zürich

   

Unfortunately, we can't take any more registrations. Please contact Stephan Lienin for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 043 500 53 01

More and more companies are publishing a sustainability report, and this trend is being fueled by rising pressure from regulations (e.g. CSR-Directive of the EU), investor and customer demands and preferences, as well as the more established Standards for GRI reporting.