Corporate reporting as a driver to achieving the SDGs | Business strategy

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Corporate reporting as a driver to achieving the SDGs | Business strategy

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About this event

In March 2021, GRI launched the Business Leadership Forum (BLF) on Corporate Reporting as a Driver to Achieving the SDGs - a two-year program that convenes sustainability reporting practitioners, key stakeholder groups and data users together to raise the bar on corporate SDG reporting and drive action on the SDGs.  Through summary papers and masterclasses, we aim to inspire reporting practitioners and sustainability advocates to drive action towards the SDGs, by sharing the BLF’s expertise, thought leadership and newly gained insights at the cutting edge of corporate SDG reporting.  

The Masterclasses are designed to share these newly gained insights with GRI’s wider network. Participants willing to join the masterclass will learn how to improve their corporate SDG reporting, including how to communicate business impact and contribution towards the SDGs. Participants will hear from BLF members and expert guest speakers about how they are advancing the SDGs through transparency and reporting.

This Masterclass | Business Strategy will be about integrating the SDGs into the business strategy and will focus on the main takeaways from the BLF as well as current corporate practices. The content will include what constitutes the integration of SDGs into business strategies; how are businesses integrating the SDGs into their core strategies, shining a spotlight on Boards/C-suite and supply chain; and effective corporate reporting on the integration of the SDGs into their business strategies.

We will present two summary papers; ‘Leading from the top: the role of the C-suite and Board in driving business action on the SDGs’ and ‘Incorporating sustainability considerations into supply chain management to drive the SDGs’. These summary papers feature insights from top executives on their roles in successfully driving their organizations towards sustainable business growth while at the same time contributing to sustainable development, as well as how businesses are engaging with their suppliers to assess their impacts on sustainable development issues.

Learning objectives

By the end of the session, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe what constitutes the integration of SDGs into business strategies.
  • Indicate current corporate practices on how businesses are integrating the SDGs into their strategies, with a focus on C-suite/Board and supply chain management.
  • Identify effective corporate reporting practices on how sustainability/SDG priorities are addressed in the business strategy

Continuing Education Unit for GRI Certified Sustainability Professionals

GRI Certified Sustainability Professionals can collect one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) by attending this webinar. Within one week after the Masterclass we will send a Certificate of Attendance to all participants who indicated on the registration form that they are a GRI Certified Sustainability Professional. In order to be eligible for a Certificate you must attend the live Masterclass. To register this Masterclass as a CEU you can upload your Certificate of Attendance in your GRI Academy account.


  • 15:00 Welcome - Kate Driessen, Manager, Corporate & Stakeholder Engagement, GRI
  • 15:05 Insights from the Business Leadership Forum - Camila Corradi Bracco, Policy Sr. Coordinator, GRI
  • 15:15 What does embedding the SDGs into the business strategy actually mean? - Sibylle Umiker, Senior Consultant, Sustainserv
  • 15:35 Linking value creation and contributions to the SDGs - Nicholas Jackson, Director, RISE
  • 15:50 Panelist discussion - Bernd Kasemir, Managing Partner, Sustainserv, Sibylle Umiker, Nicholas Jackson
  • 16:05 In practice: the role of the C-suite and Board in integrating sustainability into long-term strategy - Julia Spinassé, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Suzano
  • 16:20 In practice: driving the business strategy by incorporating sustainable development considerations in the supply chain - Suzanne van Huijgevoort, Associate Director, Advisory, Elevate
  • 16:35 Panelist discussion - Julia Spinassé, Suzanne van Huijgevoort
  • 16:50 Closing - Kate Driessen
  • 17:00 End


  • Early registration fee (until 6 September) € 50*
  • Late registration fee (from 7 September) € 80*
  • By registering for this Masterclass you agree to the Terms & Conditions for GRI virtual events with fees (privacy policy, cancellation policy, VAT rules, recording, liability disclaimer, etc.)
  • Online registration and payment only!
  • GRI Community Members with a Community Plus Package are entitled to 1 free registration per organization. Access codes can be requested from
  • 25% discount on registration fees is available for GRI Community Members with a Consultant Package & additional registrations by Community Members with a Plus Package. Discount codes can be requested from
  • The Masterclass will be recorded and shared with everyone who registered within one week after the event.

* GRI is a foundation registered in the Netherlands and the organizer of this webinar. Fees are charged in EUR. No VAT will be charged on registration fees for participants based outside the EU. For participants based in the EU, Dutch VAT (21%) will be added to your registration. Request for a refund of Dutch VAT for enterprises can be checked with the tax authorities of the EU country in which you are established.

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