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Integrated Reporting: Connecting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Metrics to Overall Performance

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Is your company thinking of unifying your sustainability and business performance disclosure into one report? Not sure where to begin? Are you hoping to leverage an integrated report as a management tool that will help guide your company toward greater collaboration and better decision-making? If so, take this course and learn:
  • The evolution of the Integrated Reporting movement, as well as the benefits and limitations of adopting this approach.
  • How to employ integrated thinking about the fundamental concepts of value creation, the capitals, and the value creation process.
  • The guiding principles, content elements, and overall presentation of an integrated report.
  • Conditions required for successful implementation of Integrated Reporting, as well as possible barriers and how they may be overcome.
  • Various mechanisms that can enhance the credibility of and trust in your Integrated Report.

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Course Content: Preview the Specific Units or Modules Included in This Course



Start and finish on your schedule: Courses take 15-17 hours, including video content and exercises.

Module 1: Introduction and Context

  • Overview of the Integrated Reporting Framework, the creation of the Value Reporting Foundation, and trends in corporate citizenship reporting
  • Activity: Identify trends in reporting requirements in the United States

Module 2: The Benefits of Integrated Reporting

  • Describe the benefits and challenges of Integrated Reporting, including advice for new adopters of the framework
  • Activity: Read about the impact of Integrated Reporting

Module 3: Value Creation

  • Define value creation in Integrated Reporting and dive deep into this concept using company examples
  • Activity: Read the Value Reporting Foundation background paper on value creation

Module 4: The Capitals

  • Identify the six capitals in the Integrated Reporting framework and define and apply them to corporate citizenship reporting
  • Activity: Read more about the capitals, choose the important capitals, and create a value creation process for your company

Module 5: Achieving Integrated Thinking

  • Learn about integrated thinking and how to overcome barriers to implanting integrated thinking at your company
  • Activity: Read more about integrated thinking, evaluate the application of integrated thinking, and analyze a company’s Integrated Report

Module 6: The Guiding Principles

  • Interpret the seven guiding principles in Integrated Reporting and review company examples for utilization of the guiding principles
  • Activity: Read about preparing an Integrated Report and analyze a company’s application of the guiding principles

Module 7: The Content Elements

  • Learn key concepts—including governance, risks and opportunities, strategy and resource allocation, and outlook—and how they work together in an Integrated Report
  • Activity: Evaluate reports in relation to the content elements

Module 8: The Integrated Report

  • Compare and contrast examples of Integrated Reporting from different industries
  • Activity: Read about how to prepare your first integrated report

Module 9: Annual Preparation

  • Explain how to effectively manage, change, and breakdown barriers to successfully implement Integrated Reporting each reporting cycle
  • Activity: Review your learning, read about report assurance, and draft a presentation for senior management on Integrated Reporting


This course is recommended for:

Corporate citizenship, CSR, ESG, and sustainability professionals seeking to explore or implement Integrated Reporting at any level.

Suggested prior knowledge and skills:

Completion of a Center course including GRI Standards for Reporting or Corporate Citizenship Strategy. Possesses a familiarity with employer’s business and citizenship strategy and an understanding of the company’s existing reporting processes and procedures. Prior GRI experience will greatly accelerate learning.

Professional credentials earned:

4 certificate units toward either a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice or a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Reporting. This is an elective course for a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship Practice and a required course for a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability Reporting.




» Member: $1,350.00

» Non-Member: $1,550.00

Please note that rates for this course are slighter lower than those of a typical course. Additional discounts may be available when you enroll in multiple courses at once, either idependently or as part of a Summit (in-person learning experience) registration. See the chart below. If you are considering take multiple courses, connect with our team to better understand your options.


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