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International Conference: Measuring and Reporting Sustainability Performance: Are Corporations and SSE Organizations Meeting the SDG Challenge?

Date: 3 - 4 Jun 2019


International Conference: Measuring and Reporting Sustainability Performance: Are Corporations and SSE Organizations Meeting the SDG Challenge?
This conference will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders from UN agencies, national policy making bodies and practitioners in the measurement and reporting fields to discuss best practices, key concerns, and ways forward that take better account of contextual factors and the social dimensions of sustainable development.

The first day of the conference will feature a panel discussion involving the perspectives of a range of UN agencies, including UNCTAD, the ILO and UN Environment, on how private economic entities (businesses and social and solidarity economy organizations) can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and report on their progress.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the voice of leading practitioners in the field, such as the Global Reporting Initiative, the International Integrated Reporting Council, the Principles for Responsible Investing and the Global Impact Investing Network.

The second day will explore the perspective of social and solidarity economy organizations, which are increasingly compelled to measure their economic, environmental and social performance, and will conclude with a session that looks at the latest innovative approaches in the field of sustainability reporting.

The conference will provide participants with networking opportunities across multiple stakeholder groups; a space to build and strengthen partnerships; and valuable insights into the key issues around sustainability performance measurement and reporting to which a new UNRISD project, Sustainable Development Performance Indicators, will contribute.

The conference is the first international gathering convened under a new UNRISD project, Sustainable Development Performance Indicators. This four-year project aims to contribute to measurement and evaluation of the performance of a broad range of economic entities—both in the for-profit sector and in the social and solidarity economy—in relation to the vision and goals of the 2030 Agenda, by ensuring that contextual factors and social dimensions receive appropriate consideration.

While the assessment of economic performance and environmental impacts are widespread across all types of business entities, whether in the for-profit sector or the social economy, social sustainability impacts are arguably receiving less attention. UNRISD is well placed to contribute to this field, with a mission to ensure that social equity, inclusion and justice are central to development thinking, policy and practice, and a track record of interdisciplinary research and policy analysis on the social dimensions of contemporary development issues that spans more than 55 years.

The event is open to the public, please register here. Watch this space for regular updates on the programme.