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Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Reporting
Reap Real Business Value From Your Corporate Responsibility And Sustainability Reporting Investments
26 – 28 November 2017
The Address Hotel, Dubai Marina, Dubai, UAE
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With over 90% of the world's largest companies now publishing corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability reports, reporting is now a well-established hallmark of what it means to be a respected company in the 21st century. Nonetheless, compared to financial reporting, sustainability reporting is still a young and rapidly evolving practice with practitioners constantly seeking for best ways to make reporting really count.

This three-day course will take a hands-on approach to guiding participants through the 'whys and hows' of reporting. It will approach the topic both, from strategic, and practical perspectives, and build participants' confidence to advance their reporting journeys in a way that adds real value to all concerned.

The course also provides an overview of key reporting standards, such as Global Reporting Initiative, IIRC and AA1000, helping participants to appreciate their similarities and differences and choose the one that best suits their organisation. The course will also cover the emerging regional initiatives and governmental drivers for reporting.

Course Content
Module One
  • Current State Of Play
  • Why Bother

Module Two
  • Which Standards Matter And Why

Module Three
  • Getting Started
  • Getting It Done
  • Reaching Out
Who Should Attend
  • CSR/CR/Sustainability/Environmental Managers and professionals
  • Communications, Public Relations, and Branding professionals.
  • Anyone who has a role to play in creating good quality sustainability reports
Benefits Of Attending
  • Understand the current state of play, regionally and internationally
  • Identify the key internal and external drivers for reporting and make your business case
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding on the attributes of a good quality report and learn best practice beyond compliance
  • Gain insights on how to plan and implement an effective reporting and communications programme
  • Use your report as a resource for your communications and stakeholder engagement to leverage maximum effect, both internally and externally

    Maria Sillanpaa
    Founding Director
    Sustainability Advisory Group, UAE

    Maria is an internationally recognised CR and sustainability leader. Prior to founding Sustainability Advisory, she held pivotal roles at The Body Shop International, KPMG and AccountAbility. During her nearly 30- year career in this field, Maria has made pioneering contributions in the areas of strategy development, stakeholder engagement, supply chain management, reporting and assurance.

    She has worked and partnered with diverse organisations on all continents in over 20 countries from the UN to Unilever, from USAid to Pfizer, Nike and BBC to name a few. Her work has focused on numerous aspects of programme design and implementation both with global leaders as well as those at the beginning of their journeys. She is also an advisor to a number of sustainability start-ups ranging from sustainable fashion to the trailblazing Verso SaaS solutions for sustainability management and reporting.

    Maria has made instrumental contributions to various sustainability standards and initiatives – notably AccountAbility and its AA1000 Series of Standards. She sat on the founding board of Ethical Trading Initiative and was a founding member of GRI's Technical Advisory Committee.

    Maria is one of the pioneering reporting practitioners internationally. She was responsible for the methodology development of the trailblazing reports by The Body Shop in the 1990s and has since helped numerous organisations with their reporting journeys. She also has a solid appreciation of the Middle East having been active in this region for over a decade. Maria is a sought-after conference speaker and has run numerous highly successful training courses, seminars and workshops internationally to diverse audiences.

    The Address, Dubai Marina


    The Address Dubai Marina
    Dubai Marina
    P.O. Box 32923, Dubai, UAE
    T: +971 4 4367777
    F: +971 4 4367788

    click here for directions

    Standing tall in the heart of one of Dubai's most vibrant neighbourhoods, where crystal waters shimmer against modern architecture and luxury yachts moor alongside trendsetting restaurants, The Address Dubai Marina is a haven for the discerning traveller.

    With 200 luxurious rooms, five superb restaurants and lounges, a relaxing spa, spectacular infinity pool and state of the art meeting and event facilities, The Address Dubai Marina will keep you refreshed and inspired.

    Perfectly situated for your business needs, The Address Dubai Marina is just a short ride away from Dubai Media and Internet Cities, Knowledge Village, Jebel Ali Free Zone, and within walking distance from the metro station.

    And what is business without a little fun? With the white sand beaches of the Arabian Gulf just a stroll away, and the hotel's direct link to the stylish Dubai Marina Mall, The Address Dubai Marina gives you every reason to extend your stay and unwind.


    Special delegate rates have been negotiated at selected hotels and we highly recommend you secure your room reservation at the earliest to avoid last minute inconvenience. You can contact the Hospitality Desk for required assistance on:

    T:+971-4-407 2693
    F:+971-4-407 2517


    Delegates requiring visas should contact the hotel they wish to stay at directly, as soon as possible. Visas for non-GCC nationals may take several weeks to process.

Date Course Fee Before
17 September 2017
Course Fee Before
22 October 2017
Final Fee
26 – 28 November 2017
US$ 3,995 US$ 4,495 US$ 4,995

Course fees include documentation, luncheon and refreshments. Delegates who attend all sessions and successfully complete the course assessment will receive an Informa Certificate of Completion.


Book and pay full fee for two colleagues and the third attends for FREE

  • Not applicable in conjunction with corporate discounts
  • Payment to be settled before start of the course to avail the offer
  • This offer is not applicable on Early Bird Prices

For more information, email Andy Watts on

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