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    30 September 2014

    Webinar: Trends in External Assurance of Sustainability Reports: Update on the US

    Date: September 30, 2014; 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT

    Location: Online

    Host: GRI North America

    Event Details:

    Join GRI North America (formerly GRI Focal Point USA & Canada) for the official launch of its latest report Trends in external assurance of sustainability reports: update on the US, the second edition in an on-going study on external assurance trends in GRI-based sustainability reports published by US companies.

    This exclusive webinar will take a closer look at the report’s key findings to showcase how trends from the last edition of this study have evolved – and how external assurance is a growing trend in the US.

    This year’s report shows that the number of companies publishing externally assured GRI-based sustainability reports rose from 10 percent in 2011 to 16 percent in 2013. While external assurance is a growing trend in the US, and especially for large publicly listed companies, the scope and level of the external assurance engagement, type of assurance provider, and use of assurance standards vary.

    During the webinar, Eric Israel, Director of GRI North America, will discuss these findings with the following special guests – to highlight value of robust external assurance engagements in strengthening the quality of reporting and the final report; the various interpretations and approaches to external assurance; and key benefits and motivations of companies seeking external assurance on their GRI-based sustainability reports:

    • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
    • Neil Beckingham, Senior Sustainability Manager, The Mosaic Company (a GRI Sector Leader)

    Join us for this exclusive webinar on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET. We look forward to connecting with you then!

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