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By: Incite  11-11-2011
Keywords: ISO, Sustainable Development

Sustainable business is a big idea which comes with confusing terminology and endless acronyms. Across South Africa, businesses have realised they need to move towards their own sustainable practices. But many are not sure how.

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10 October 2011 – A new book on ISO 26000 was published in the UK today, featuring a chapter by Incite’s Jonathon Hanks on ‘ISO 26000 and other standards – the relationship between ISO 26000, the UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative.”

ISO 26000 takes the pioneering step of setting out an internationally agreed set of principles and guidelines for the social responsibility of all organizations, whether they be multinational companies, small businesses, charities, or governments.

Jonathon served as the chair of the international drafting team responsible for drafting the text of the standard, and facilitated many of the international negotiations, involving experts from six stakeholder groups and 90 countries.

12 September 2011 - Today the (IIRC) released its new Discussion Paper which has been welcomed by The Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) of South Africa as it kick-starts the international process and development of a globally accepted framework for an integrated report. The paper is open for public comment until 14 December 2011.

South Africa was one of the first countries to actively encourage integrated reporting when the King III Code included it as a recommended practice and it subsequently became part of the JSE Listings Requirements applicable to listed companies.

Incite’s Jonathon is one of the IRC’s Additional Task Force and Advisory Group members.

The IRC is currently preparing to re-issue the South African Discussion Paper on Integrated Reporting to incorporate the main issues raised in the comments and public consultation sessions. It will also analyse the international Discussion Paper to ensure local guidance is aligned with the international draft framework.

10 July 2011 – Jonathon is spending the next fortnight in Beirut (Lebanon) and Amman (Jordan), where he is contributing to various social responsibility initiatives with organisations in the region, including at the and  in Lebanon, and at  and in Jordan. He will also be speaking at national SR gatherings in both countries. This forms part of a broader project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) that targets eight countries – Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia – with the aim of promoting sustainable development within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Some photos of the visit to Lebanon and Jordan are available on Incite’s .

Keywords: ISO, Sustainable Development

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