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Global Reporting Initiative: A Call to Action

Sustainability reporters invited to participate in survey.

London, United Kingdom, December 02, 2009 --( As the number of companies issuing sustainability reports reaches a record high, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has invited all organisations who issue these reports to have their say on why they do it.

A unique survey is being carried out in conjunction with the second GRI Readers’ Choice Awards, which are supported by ACCA as a Content Partner Organisation.

A report based on the results from both the Readers’ and Reporters’ Surveys will provide insights into whether reports really meet the needs of their target audiences, and most importantly, whether those reports actually change people’s views and behaviour.

‘It is very important that organisations and individuals who prepare sustainability reports participate in the Readers' Choice Awards survey, as it will enable GRI to get a comprehensive picture of whether the aims and objectives of reports, as interpreted by readers, match what reporters are hoping to achieve from reporting,’ said Neil Stevenson, ACCA executive director – brand. ‘The more respondents, the greater the opportunity for the Readers’ Choice Awards to gauge accurately how reports are being perceived.’

The awards and survey results will be announced at the 2010 Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency, to be held on 26–28 May 2010.

GRI welcomes any organisation that has issued a sustainability report in 2008 or 2009 to take part.

Visit the GRI website for more information.

For further information, please contact:
Helen Thompson, ACCA Newsroom
+44 (0)20 7059 5759
+44 (0)7725 498654

Andrew Swailes, ACCA Newsroom
+44 (0)20 7059 5823
+44 (0)7525 392535

Colin Davis, ACCA Newsroom
+44 (0)20 7059 5738
+44 (0)7720 347 713

Notes to Editors

ACCA is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. We have 362,000 students and 131,500 members in 170 countries worldwide.

ACCA has worked with governments, national organisations and development agencies in emerging economies- for over 20 years- promoting the accounting profession, to create value for the communities, businesses and individuals it serves.

ACCA believes that globalisation of business means that one set of reporting standards is essential. We favour the principles-based IFRS.

ACCA understands the real issues facing small businesses as 63,000 of our members work in SMEs or small partnerships worldwide.

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