Signatories to the Principles know all too well one of the key requirements of being a Signatory – The Sharing Information on Progress Report (SIP). The SIP report, regularly submitted to the PRME Secretariat, facilitates regular sharing of progress made in implementing the Six Principles of PRME as well as engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But Signatories to PRME are not the only organisations reporting on a regular basis on sustainability. Many other organisations do so as well and their approach and resources can provide an additional tool to inspire and guide Signatories in creating their own reports. Here are eight resources to look at when creating your SIP report.
- The PRME Website. The PRME website includes a database of all of the SIP reports submitted from not just this year but also in past years. The Secretariat also offers a Basic Guide to help established and new Signatories in putting together their reports which is a valuable resource (available in both English and Spanish).
- Look at reports that have been recognised by the Secretariat. Every other year, at the PRME Global Forum, a selection of SIPs are recognised for the Excellence in Reporting. These fall into several categories including first time report, non-first time report and reporting on the SDGs. Each provides a different approach to the SIP.
- There have been a number of articles over the past years on PRiMEtime focused on how schools have reported. This includes including visuals in the SIP report, how Hult International Business School integrated the SDGs into their report, as well as a range of ways that Schools reported on the SDGs. More examples coming soon.
- Explore the SDG Dashboard. Developed by Saint Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business, the dashboard is a tool for schools to measure their participation in the fulfilment of the SDGs based on their curriculum, academic research, community and global outreach, and campus integration of the goals. Watch the PRME Newsletter for updates on how to use this tool.
- The Global Compact. The UN Global Compact requires participating companies to produce an annual Communication on Progress (COP) as part of their commitment. Over 47,000 reports are available to browse on the Global Compact website. The Global Compact has a number of resources to help its members report. For example their Basic Guide to the Communication on Progress .
- The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI provides a wide range of resources for companies looking to engage in sustainability reporting. Several PRME Signatories are creating reports that also follow the G4 guidelines, the current GRI standard. You can also access all GRI reports through their website.
- SDG Reporting. The Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have created a number of guides to assist business in reporting on the SDGs. This includes Making the Connection – using the GRI G4 Guidelines to Communicate Progress on the Un Global Compact Principles as well as Business Reporting on the SDGs-An Analysis of the Goals and Target. and the SDG Compass.
- An Action Platform. The UN Global Compact and GRI are also launching an Action Platform, a multi-stakeholder movement that will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of corporate reporting on the SDGs. The goal is to create one common approach to reporting on sustainability, aligning the current Global compact and GRI standards. The platform consists of a both a corporate and a multi-stakeholder advisory Committee.