UA&P Sustainability Report gets confirmed by Global Reporting Initiative, Amsterdam

By UA&P Alumni

The University of Asia and the Pacific has received a Statement of Application Level Check from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) for its report, entitled SUSTAINABILITY IN THE ACADEME: BLAZING A TRAIL, crafted by an ad hoc university committee under the guidance of its Center for Social Responsibility (CSR).

UA&P is the first university in Southeast Asia to be granted a sustainability disclosure level check. There are 38 other universities with GRI-checked sustainability reports: 22 in Europe, four in the US and Canada, six in Latin America, three in Australia, and three in the rest of Asia.

The Level Check received recently by UA&P for its report is the highest entry-level rating awarded to applicant universities worldwide, attesting to (a) a valid representation of the required disclosure items in the five areas of economic, social, environment, governance, and academic performance of the University; and (b) the report’s external audit and assurance by competent professionals in the field.

UA&P is the only one among the GRI universities to submit standards and measures for academic performance in the areas of curriculum, level of student performance, faculty development, and alumni.

The University hopes to utilize its GRI entry and sustainability report as a jumping board for a more thorough and coherent database for all levels of internal and external accreditation as an academic entity.

UA&P’s CSR is currently guiding major Philippine corporations in preparing a continuing GRI sustainability report through the years. The center has also conducted two national GRI conferences involving CEOs and other business executives. It is likewise cialis planning to organize a third one in November 2013, involving business, media, and university youth and educators.

GRI is a private initiative based in Amsterdam that aims to make sustainability reporting a standard practice worldwide, thereby helping ensure a sustainable global economy where organizations manage their economic, environmental, social, and governance performance. UA&P has been actively involved in the development of GRI guidelines through CSR’s Mr. Colin LeGarde Hubo, who was an elected member of GRI Stakeholder Council from 2007 to 2012.