Issue#1 – September 7, 20202

Issue#1 – September 7, 20202

Issue#1 – September 7, 20202 150 150 GCSS Inc.
Issue #1

WELCOME!

Dear Friends,
 
We are happy to bring you Gaia Corpus - a weekly newsletter that brings you articles, publications, and events from international and local sources that nourishes you with everything you need to know about sustainability. We will cover all aspects of sustainability that would be relevant for you. This is one of our very own initiative where we would want to help everyone through continuous learning. 
 
We also have a simple Q&A section at the end of the newsletter where we try to address some of the most common / frequently asked questions by our consultants. We wish this newsletter to be more engaging and in case you have any questions that you would want us to address, feel free to write to us - arpit@gcssinc.com and we would try address them in our succeeding newsletter. 
 
We hope that you would find these newsletters useful in your work area and learn new things on how we can adapt to the new normal of sustainability. 
 
Keep safe and stay negative,
Arpit Shrivastava

Co-Founder
GCSS Inc.

Good reads

Humanity needs 1.6 Earths, GFN finds

The Earth Overshoot Day reveals that humanity has used up the Earth's budget in order to support needs sustainably. As of August 22, 2020, the ecological footprint has decreased by 9.3% from 2019 however, Global Footprint Network (GFN) does not see this as "something to celebrate."
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Stepping up the Reporting Game - External Assurance

How credible and reliable are your disclosures? Find out how external assurance can provide confidence in disclosures and improve your sustainability performance.
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Financing a sustainable transition

CFOs now need to rethink of ways to balance performance with social and environmental impact. Deloitte shares insights on how they can play a role in a company's sustainability.
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Three easy ways Philippine firms can get serious about sustainability

Learn why sustainability reporting may become an effective media for driving profits and creating meaningful long-term change.
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Featured publications

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The rising challenge of sustainability fraud

What is 'sustainability fraud'? What are the risks associated with it? KPMG explains the causes for fraud risk with real accounts from known companies.
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2020 ESG trends to watch

MSCI reveals the five ESG trends in 2020 and how companies, investors and financers, and other stakeholders would react to each of the trends.
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Important dates

International Literacy Day (ILD)

September 8
This FREE virtual event is packed with interesting talks on responsible investment while still aligned with the global goals. 
Click here for the full agenda
Learn from European industries who leads in investing in sustainable financing to drive to a more low-carbon economy.
Register here

Where should organizations be really headed to?

Perspectives of sustainability continue to change over time. Organizations are undergoing conscious efforts to align themselves with what they think would make them sustainable. And now, issues from the local and global context are becoming more complex than ever - illiteracy as a cause of poverty, deforestation leading to loss of livelihoods, data breaches that brings financial losses, etc.
 
With all these happenings, disclosing non-financial performance can be the 1st thing organizations can do to gain awareness of where they really are, what issues should be prioritized, and what should they do to address those issues, hence, to become more sustainable.
Working with companies driving towards sustainability has led me to realize the importance of engaging everyone - may they be employed under the financial operations, human resources, or logistical units and even those outside the organization. From these engagements, organizations can filter down their priorities, bringing a common understanding to which direction should they be headed.
 
There is no sure answer as to what direction should companies be taking to become sustainable. But the sure thing about sustainability is making sure no one is left behind.
Goldie Madriaga
Associate Consultant
GCSS Inc.
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