Since many years the Institute of Registered Auditors (IBR-IRE) has taken an active role in sustainability reporting and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In particular, IBR-IRE organizes now every two years the Awards for Best Belgian Sustainability Reports.
Back in the 90's, the Award intended to celebrate the best environmental report. Only large entities took the initiative to communicate on their sustainability impact.
The Award evolved and now also takes into consideration the two other key pillars of sustainability, namely the social and economic factors. Nowadays, more Awards are given to reflect the fact that also NGOs, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the public sector as well as governmental organizations, schools and federations are convinced of the added value of sustainability reporting.
The Jury focuses on how organizations can align their strategies and on how they can measure and manage their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 and replacing the Millennium Goals (2000-2015) .
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of universal goals for sustainable development. The 17 goals cover highly varied themes, such as climate change, health, employment, innovation, and even the development of increased transparent institutions and the fight for justice for everyone. For the sake of clarity they are divided into 5 groups: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships.
The SDGs represent the new strategic direction for the three pillars of sustainable development, being people-planet-profit, as well as for the strengthening of international peace and partnerships.
How to link the GRI Standards with the SDGs?
An updated resource is available to assist companies to report on progress in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the GRI Standards.
The document dated March 2020 – Linking the SDGs and the GRI Standards – covers the 17 SDGs and maps them against the Standards and disclosures that apply for each. This makes it easier for organizations to use their reporting through the GRI Standards to assess how they impact the SDGs.
The winners of the previous editions who received an award for their efforts in sustainability reporting are the following:
ANTWERP WORLD DIAMOND CENTRE (2014), ARCELOR (2003), BEFIMMO (2014), BELFIUS (2005), BAC (Brussels Airport Company) (2001), BNP PARIBAS FORTIS (2007), BOPRO (2012 and 2014), CAP CONSEIL (2015), C&A (2010 ex aequo), CBR (Heidelberg Cement) (1999), COFINIMMO (2016), DE DUURZAME DRUKKER (2011), DELHAIZE GROUP (2009, 2011 and 2012), ELECTRABEL (Tihange) (2002), ELIA (2018), INDAVER (2002), KBC GROUP (2008), LOKALE POLITIE ZONE SINT-PIETERS-LEEUW (2013 ex aequo), OPNIEUW & CO (2011), PORT OF ANTWERP (2012 and 2016), PROTOS (2013), PRO NATURA (2013 ex aequo, 2015, 2018), SIDMAR (2000 and 2003), SOLVAY (2013 and 2015), STRUIK FOODS BELGIUM/CHILLFIS (2013), TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE (2010 ex aequo), UMICORE (2001, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2018), VOLVO CARS (1998), VREDESEILANDEN (2014)