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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

Global Reporting Initiative and Carbon Disclosure Project release linkage document

Amsterdam, 7 July 2010

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) announce the release of a linkage document between GRI’s Reporting Guidelines and CDP’s 2010 Questionnaire. Disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and reporting on climate change is becoming increasingly important around the world. The linkage document outlines how reporters can efficiently use or adapt the same data in both reporting processes.

Both GRI’s Reporting Framework and CDP’s Questionnaire invite reporting on GHG emissions and climate change. The GRI Guidelines, however, cover the broader elements of sustainability reporting (i.e., environmental, social and governance – ESG). With over 1,300 organizations from 64 countries that published a GRI based sustainability report in 2009, and 2,500 organizations around the world that used CDP’s questionnaire to report their climate change data, the two organizations have agreed to collaborate and feedback on each other’s general and sector-specific guidelines and questionnaires.

There is already a considerable overlap between GRI’s indicators and CDP’s questions related to energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The table in the linkage document compares the relevant indicators and questions and reveals the similarities as well as the disparities.

Both organizations will take the linkage document into account for the further developments of their guidelines and questionnaires. Where it will lead to more and better quality reporting, CDP will as much as possible seek alignment when preparing the 2011 Questionnaire. Likewise, GRI aims to closer align the next generation of its Reporting Framework to the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The linkage document is part of a wider collaboration between GRI and CDP which includes greater alignment on industry sector questionnaires. GRI will point out the advantages of alignment to the sector Working Groups when drafting the supplements. CDP will also consider the GRI supplements in the detailed formulation of its sector questions.

CDP has collaborated with Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Ceres and Investors Group on Climate Change, Australia/New Zealand on sector specific guidance for the auto, oil and gas and electric utility industries.

The linkage document is available for download here.
To view the full list of all GRI publications please click here.

Media Contact

Global Reporting Initiative
Gudrun Döhl
e: [email protected]
t: +31 (0)20 531 00 67

About The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
The Global Reporting Initiative has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used Sustainability Reporting Framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide. This framework sets out the principles and indicators that organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance. To find out more please visit the GRI website.

About The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world. Some 2,500 organisations across the world’s largest economies now measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies through CDP. The data is collected annually on behalf of institutional investors, purchasing organizations and government bodies and made available for integration into investment, business and policy decision making. To find out more please visit the CDP website

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