Global Reporting Initiative: The First TAPMI Sustainability Report
About GRI (Global Reporting Initiative)
GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.
GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards are foundational to this success. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most widely used standards on sustainability reporting and disclosure, enabling businesses, governments, civil society and citizens to make better decisions based on information that matters. In fact, 92% of the world’s largest 250 corporations report on their sustainability performance.
SEG decided to write the first sustainability Report of TAPMI after understanding the impact that it can make for TAPMI as an institution as well as identifying it as an essential skill to be inculcated among MBA students.
Stage 1 : GRI Workshop
We started off by conducting a workshop by Mr. Joseph Martin C.F, Director, Clean Energy and Sustainability Services, Ernst and Young on 29th August 2016. It was a four hour workshop which was attended by students from both the senior and junior batch. The workshop opened up a new arena of strategy and sustainability roles that students from MBA background can take up. The lecture focused on the need of a sustainability report for organizations as it will help them benchmark themselves each year with the reports of the past constantly enabling them to improve. It will also help us measure the impact that we are making through our various activities.
Stage 2: Hands on experience for Interested Volunteers
After the workshop SEG felt that more experience was required for the students to actually understand the nuances of writing the report. A large number of students from the batch expressed their interest. They were given the initial tasks of collecting the information on which the report was to be built. Various meeting were held where these ideas were discussed and finally a few ideas were shortlisted.
A core team was selected from the set of students each of whom were to write a part of the report. They had various skype interactions with Mr. Joseph Martin, sustainability expert, to clear their doubts during the course of creation of the report.
Stage 3: Writing and Publishing the first GRI Report of TAPMI
The core team wrote the report together as per the instructions and knowledge gained during their training during the year. The final report was verified by the sustainability expert, Prof Ishwar Haritas, our mentor and Prof Aparna Bhat before publication.
The final report was taken to Ad syndicate for professional designing and publishing. The designer from the team sat with the professional at the institute to create the report as per the requirement. The final report was published and unveiled during Maneeshi: the Annual GM Conclave. A copy of the report has been given to library for display.