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The increase in corporate responsibility reporting adds pressure from investors, the media, governments and non-governmental organizations for independent verification and proof of corporate sustainability.

Highway in the dark

Independent assurance of reports against international standards, such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the AA 1000 Accountability Principles (2008), demonstrates an organization’s commitment to customers and stakeholders. It also ensures that all social and environmental information published is accurate and correct.

The SGS approach to sustainability report assurance is a flexible model based on the AA1000 Assurance Standard with optional modules to address your needs.

Basic assurance service

This is ideal for those who are making public social and environmental statements or undertaking external assurance for the first time. Its primary objectives are to evaluate your report against the AA1000 Accountability Principles of Inclusivity, Materiality and Responsiveness, and to ensure the accuracy of the chosen scope of reporting through independent review.

GRI and AA1000 options

These options are ideal for organizations that already have a history of issuing social and environmental reports. You are ready to provide further assurance of the completeness of scope of your reports in addition to certifying the processes through which they have been compiled.

Assurance Timing Options

  • Gap analysis only – GRI and AA1000 options can be performed at any time as a stand-alone gap analysis, this option will result in an Internal Management Report but not an Assurance Statement
  • End of reporting cycle – most assurance is performed once the report has been written in draft form and before publication
  • Throughout reporting cycle – for organizations with well-embedded systems, the assurance process can be planned to take place at various stages throughout the reporting cycle to enable the evaluation of specific reporting events

Increase stakeholder confidence and send a strong signal to the marketplace about your organization’s commitment to corporate responsibility.

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