On December the 1st , Spanish Local Network has co-organized in Madrid, together with the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, a conference entitled «The role of business and the Agenda 2030: measuring progress«, in the first meeting in Spain of the GRI Governmental Advisory Group. Teresa Fogelber, Deputy Executive Director of GRI, spoke about the relevance of Spain in its ranking, the new standards and the indissoluble connection between business action and the achievement of Agenda 2030.
The session was inaugurated by Undersecretary of Employment Pablo Hernández-Lahoz, who announced that the Ministry would soon publish a new CSR portal and highlighted the importance of cooperation between agents.
Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Executive Director of GRI, presented the work of her organization during this last year, in which Agenda 2030 has played a leading role. Within this scope, an agreement reached with Global Compact reflecting business contribution to the SDGs is highlighted.
In this regard, she stressed that «in Global Compact we have a very important partner, with whom we have always had a good collaboration.»
On the Spanish case, Fogelberg has recognized that Spain has always been a very well represented country in GRI’s reporting rankings, and today it is still among the top ten countries.
Referring to the SDGs, she commented that the role of GRI is translating the Sustainable Development Objectives into the corporate language of reporting. Fogelberg has encouraged companies «to work towards compliance and SDGs» «The SDGs benefit economically and financially to their reputation,» she added.
Ángel Pes, president of the Spanish Global Compact Network, has intervened, emphasizing the different agreements that have been going on between Global Compact and GRI.
«Measurement is the key to achieve the results we want to have in 2030» pointed Pes. «Without the appropriate metrics, we will not advance and we will not be able to correct the deviations that occur. It is very important that GRI guidelines are oriented in that way.»
For the president of the Spanish Global Compact Network, development will be achieved through a triple wat: «digitalization, decarbonization through energy efficiency, and not forgetting that we cannot leave anyone behind.»
Table of experiences
Next, a table of practical experiences has taken place, with Forética, Javierre S.L. and Sanitas.
Jaime Silos, director of corporate development for Forética, made in his speech a request for communication in reports: «we need more transparency and more reporting.»
Antonio Javierre, president of Javierre S.L. and former general secretary of Spanish Global Compact Network, has commented that GRI, a standard that he has been using since 2004, has led him to be a pioneer in reporting. He encouraged to lose fear by also publishing negative indicators, «because they are also part of the business reality«.