Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency (22-24 May -Amsterdam)

The 2013 Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency will be the must-attend leadership event to address these issues in Amsterdam . It will provide the platform for business, government, civil society and academia to connect, share successful strategies, learn new approaches and collaborate to accelerate the transition to a sustainable global economy. The conference will celebrate the launch of the new GRI Reporting Framework (G4) allowing experts and business leaders to plan its role in mainstreaming sustainability disclosure.

In May 2010, Amsterdam once again played host to the world’s largest gathering of leaders, thinkers and doers in the field of sustainability reporting. But this time the stakes were much higher.


Our resource consumption has gone beyond what our planet can sustain, yet billions continue to live in poverty. The world’s population is set to increase massively and more and more people will, understandably, expect to live the lifestyles currently enjoyed by the few. This unsustainable outlook has become a core business issue, requiring companies and governments to rethink the fundamentals.


As we climb out of global recession we have a unique opportunity – and an urgent need - to rebuild our economies to meet the challenges of the future; not the past. We have the opportunity to drive the transition to sustainable practices, where sustainability is at the core of public policy and business strategy, evident in products and processes, and key to consumer choices.


Sustainability reporting can be an effective tool for change. Credible disclosures map out current positions and point the way forwards, towards solutions that benefit both business and wider society. Full economic, environmental and social accountability is based on transparent communication. Transparent communication changes perceptions, builds trust, and motivates action towards greater sustainability.

The Amsterdam conference will convene a debate on how reporting can be used to help build a better future. Thought leaders from business, finance, government and civil society will debate the political, strategic and practical choices confronting us. Expert practitioners will lead workshops and interactive sessions to define the building blocks of more effective reporting.

Sustainability reporting is the key tool driving us towards a sustainable future.


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