jueves, agosto 26, 2010

Practitioners interested on commenting on the GRI Media Sector Supplement:

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and project partners, Fundación AVINA, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano and Univerdad Javeriana, invites all industry stakeholders to submit their feedback in the Public comment Period on the first draft of the GRI Media Sector Supplement. The Sector Supplement intends to cover only topics that are material to the sector and which are not (sufficiently) covered by the GRI G3 Guidelines.
The Media Sector Supplement is integrated in the G3 Guidelines to ensure cross sector comparability. The Sector Supplement aims to provide additional reporting guidance by addressing specific sustainability issues that are unique to Media companies.

The most unique issues in the sector relate to content and they have been addressed throughout the whole reporting guidance. Some of these issues relate to the promotion of a sustainable agenda, the reflection of diversity, media literacy and access. Issues concerning intellectual property, fair pay, safety conditions for journalist and diversity in the workforce are addressed under disclosures in the Labor & Decent Work category. Environmental issues concerning inks, paper and Green IT have been added to the Environmental category. The protections of children and youth, as well as freedom of expression are issues addressed under the Human Rights category. Corruption issues, referring mostly to payments and income from sources, editorial independence and transparency have been addressed in the Strategy and Profile Section, the Economic category and the Society category. Other issues concerning youth, policies around marketing and advertising, as well as customer privacy are addressed in the Product Responsibility.

The GRI Public Comment Period is the main opportunity for the public interested to provide comments and feedback on the draft supplement. Given your sector expertise, GRI would be delighted to receive feedback on the first draft proposals.
On the GRI project website you will find the Media Sector Supplement http://www.globalreporting.org/ReportingFramework/SectorSupplements/Media/Media.htm available for download. Please review and provide your feedback in the online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BDC3H2T . The survey is also available in Spanish at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XRZFVSZ

The Public Comment Period takes place from 25 August to 20 October 2010. During this period you will have the opportunity to provide feedback and advice to the Working Group on the draft Sector Supplement. The Working Group developing the Sector Supplement will review all survey responses and incorporate the feedback using a consensus based approach.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Arango at Arango@globalreporting.org or Maaike Fleur at fleur@globalreporting.org or click here to go to the project page. About GRI
The Global Reporting Initiative has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide. This framework sets out the principles and indicators that organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance. www.globalreporting.org About AVINA Foundation (Fundación AVINA Colombia)AVINA’s foundation mission is to contribute to sustainable development in Latin America by encouraging productive alliances based on trust among social and business leaders and by brokering consensus around agendas for action.We seek a prosperous, integrated, and democratic Latin America, inspired in its diversity, built in solidarity by its citizens, and known globally for its own model of sustainable and inclusive development. About The Foundation for New Journalism in Iberoamerica (Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano)Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI) was established in 1994 by Nobel Prize Winner, writer and journalist Gabriel García Márquez, whose aim is to provide training opportunities for young reporters accompanied by the top journalists of Latin America. Today the foundation works for excellence in journalism and its contribution to the processes of democracy and development of Latin American and Caribbean countries, through workshops and training seminars and exchange programs between journalists, networking and professional development incentives. About The Program for Journalism Studies, The Javeriana University (Universidad Javeriana)It is an academic space for reflection, public debate, the formation and relations with society, which has focused on the construction, circulation and social appropriation of information. The PEP is part of the Universities Communications Department, the second oldest in Latin America.

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