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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : Jan/Feb 2004 : Headlines


New Faces
First - time reporters make shortlist for sustainability reporting awards.


Sustainability Reporting
B.C. Hydro
Barrick Gold Corp. (FT)
Baxter International
Ben and Jerry’s Inc. (SM)
Dofasco Inc.
First Environment (FT, SM)
Ford Motor Co.
Kinko’s Inc. (FT)
Royal Bank of Canada
Shell Canada Ltd.
Suncor Energy
VanCity Credit Union
Weyerhaeuser Co.
Wisconsin Energy Corp.

Environmental Reporting
Dell Inc.
Interface inc.
NB Power
Xerox Corp.

FT= First-time reporter
SM= Small or medium-sized reporter

The Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) released the shortlist of candidate reports for the CERES-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards 2003 program. Of the 52 applications received, 21 were selected for further consideration by the judges’ panel that meets in February, including 16 for sustainability reporting and five for environmental reporting. This group includes several first-time reporters as well as small and medium-sized reporters.

The purpose of the awards program is to contribute to reporting on sustainability, environmental and social issues by U.S. and Canadian corporations and other organizations by rewarding best practice and providing guidance to other entities that are publishing or intend to publish sustainability reports. For 12 years, ACCA has held annual awards—first in the United Kingdom and now in more than 20 countries—to promote transparency in reporting the impact of business activities on sustainable development. The CERES-ACCA Awards Program started last year for U.S. companies and was expanded this year to Canadian companies.

CERES and ACCA received 52 reporting award applications from 48 companies, including 32 sustainability reports, 12 environmental reports and eight social reports. The short list process identified no social reports for awards consideration.

“ACCA is encouraged to see a wide range of sectors make the shortlist this year, including mining, engineering, banking and retailing,” comments Rachel Jackson, head of social and environmental issues at ACCA. “These organizations have made the sensible business decision to be more accountable to their stakeholders by reporting publicly.” Added CERES executive director Mindy Lubber, “We do not reward rhetoric. We are looking for organizations which document their key impacts and clearly explain changes in performance, positive or negative, and set a vision and targets for future progress.”

Judges for this year’s awards program include: Dr. Julie Fox Gorte, director of social research, Calvert Group; Katie Fry Hester, SustainAbility; Brian Kelly, director, Sustainable Enterprise Academy; Steve Lydenberg, chief investment officer, Domini Social Investments; Suzanne Shaw, director of communications; Union of Concerned Scientists; Andrew Wahl, senior writer, Canadian Business; Joe Uehlein, director of strategic campaigns, AFL-CIO; and David Wheeler, professor, Business & Sustainability Program, Schulich School of Business, York University.

The winners will be announced at the CERES-ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards presentation at the CERES Annual Conference on April 15, 2004 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston, MA. An awards celebration will also be held on April 29, 2004 at the National Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

green@work magazine is serving as the U.S. communications partner for the awards program. Canadian Business and Canadian Geographic are also program sponsors. For more information, call 617-247-0700 or visit or

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