SASB Standards

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Reporting standards that provide industry-specific disclosure topics and associated metrics that measure performance against 26 General Issue Categories (or sustainability topics). Management or mismanagement of performance on these sustainability topics may create, preserve or erode value for the typical company in a given industry over time.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Identify sustainability topics: Identify the relevant industry standard to find industry-specific topics and accounting metrics. These standards can be a useful input when identifying which sustainability topics to disclose.
  • Measure sustainability performance: Identify metrics from the standards. The standards themselves provide guidance on selecting metrics to report. Using standardised metrics helps the organisation and its stakeholders compare performance with others.
  • Estimate value created: SASB evaluates sustainability topics for inclusion in the¬†Standards by assessing whether a given topic is reasonably likely to materially affect the financial condition, operating performance, or risk profile of a typical company within an industry. Collecting information on these metrics provides insight that can inform estimation of value to the organisation.
  • Disclose: Report to providers of financial capital on sustainability topics that are likely to affect how value is created, sustained or eroded for the organisation over the short-, medium-, and long-term.

For investors and financial institutions

Use this resource to:

  • Assess: Assets use the measurement and disclosure standards and guidance for organisations, and investors can provide capacity to help adherence.

GRI Topic-specific Standards

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Reporting standards designed to help organisations understand and disclose their impacts in a way that meets the needs of multiple stakeholders. These standards are arranged by a set of Universal Standards that apply to all organisations, and 35 Topic Standards that contain disclosures for impacts related to economic, environmental and social topics.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Measure sustainability performance: Identify metrics to measure for each significant topic. The standards themselves provide guidance on selecting metrics to report. Using standardised metrics helps the organisation and its stakeholders compare performance with others.
  • Disclose: Report to all stakeholders on ‘material topics’ that reflect the organisation’s most significant impacts.

For investors and financial institutions

Use this resource to:

  • Identify: Refer to the Sector Standards as a starting point for identifying likely significant impacts.
  • Disclose: Report to all stakeholders on ‘material topics’ that reflect the organisation’s most significant impacts. The Sector Standards are a helpful starting point for identifying likely significant impacts.

Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative Research

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Research on impact valuation published in the form of case studies and white papers. Specific illustrative examples are provided for product impact.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Estimate value created: Use research to learn about key considerations when monetising impact, using publicly available information on companies.

For investors and financial institutions

Use this resource to:

  • Assess: Learn about the key considerations when monetising impact, using publicly available information on companies.

GRI Sector Standards

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GRI is developing standards for 40 sectors to compliment their current topic standards.

Use this resource to:

  • Identify sustainability topics: Use the list of topics listed for each Sector Standard as an input when identifying sustainability topics to measure.
  • Disclose: Report to all stakeholders on ‘material topics’ that reflect the organisation’s most significant impacts. The Sector Standards are a helpful starting point for identifying likely significant impacts.

Standard on Applying Principle 2: Understand What Changes (Part 2 – Designing Indicators (Metrics) to Measure the Outcomes)

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Forthcoming: Standard and guidance on how to apply the second of SVI’s Social Value Principles.

Use this resource to:

  • Measure sustainability performance: Design custom metrics. This practice standard builds on Part 1, which outlines how to design custom metrics to measure a ‘well-defined’ outcome.