On Friday 18th May, IRI founder Drs Daan Elffers shared insights on the topic of ‘communicating sustainable development and reporting to stakeholders’ as a panellist during the 2018 Leadership Program organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), held in partnership with Yale University.
The event took place at EY’s offices in More London Place.
The other panellists were Professor Frances Bowen (Dean, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London) and Professor Richard Barker (Professor of Accounting and Academic Director of the Oxford MBA, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford).
The Leadership Program is the WBCSD’s flagship professional and leadership development program designed to provide current and future business leaders with an in-depth understanding of the sustainability challenges and opportunities that will feed into their strategic decision-making.
Prof. Dr Rodney Irwin, course director of the program, said: “We were very pleased to include a speaker from the Islamic Reporting Initiative in this year’s leadership program, as the Islamic Reporting Initiative is an exceptionally powerful example of effective communication for sustainable development. It emphasizes the important fact that while drivers and relevant implementation methods for sustainable development may vary locally, the core values which underpin the concept are practically universal.”
The WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. Its member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees.
About the IRI:
Founded on the notion that nearly a quarter of the world’s population share a set of fundamental values that inherently support stewardship, honesty, trust and charity, the IRI is the first organization intent on leveraging the interconnectedness of the Islamic world to support and encourage sustainability leadership globally.
Membership of the IRI is growing in more than 50 countries, from the deserts of the Arabian Gulf to the ancient tropical forests of Southeast Asia, the steppes of Central Asia, the vastness of North Africa and beyond. Through the IRI, the far-reaching influence and wealth of the Islamic world can significantly contribute to the existing body of work guiding responsible and sustainable behaviour globally.
Together with its partners, the IRI will enable organizations worldwide to examine, express, and accelerate delivery on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and indeed help transform the world to sustainability in a way that is both culturally relevant and systemic – with huge potential impact.
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