Published on: Apr 17, 2012
Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited (HSH) received rapid confirmation that its sustainability report had fulfilled internationally recognised reporting criteria with the support of Two Tomorrows.
We worked with HSH to assess its report against the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting guidelines and liaised with GRI on the client’s behalf to secure confirmation that its report met the ‘C+’ application level described in the guidelines. This saved the client time during a busy reporting period.
Two Tomorrows has worked with GRI for over ten years, including helping establish its 3.0 sustainability reporting guidelines. We have a deep understanding of how the guidelines can be a driver for improved sustainability management and communication. Our knowledge of the guidelines and of what report assurors look for, combined with our strong relationship with GRI, enabled the client to receive an Application Level Check Statement from GRI in a very short time, so meeting tight reporting deadlines.
HSH is a group of luxury hotels and clubs including the iconic Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong made famous by the James Bond film Man with the Golden Gun.
Jason Perks, Two Tomorrows group director, says: “Although many companies self-declare their GRI application level, through my experience as a sustainability assuror I have seen that having your GRI application level checked by GRI or assured by a third party with deep experience makes a positive difference, ensuring you have not just ticked the boxes, but properly understood and addressed the disclosure requirements. It also adds credibility with stakeholders.”
A GRI Application Level Check confirms the extent to which a report the GRI reporting guidelines have been applied. It is not an external assurance engagement but is complementary to assurance.