iCompli Sustainability

Karl Pfalzgraf, Practice Leader

Karl Pfalzgraf, Practice Leader

Vice President, Sustainability Services

Karl is the Practice Leader for iCompli Sustainability. He has a broad background in GRI reporting and assurance with more than 20 years of experience developing strategic sustainability communications and executing programs at the international level. Most recently, he served as Director, Business Development with AccountAbility, a leading international corporate responsibility think tank and consultancy. Previously Karl was Director, Global Brand and Communications at PwC, where he was responsible for global sustainability communications. Earlier in his career, Karl was Vice President, Corporate Communications at J.P. Morgan. He is a Member of the ANAB Committee of Experts for Event Sustainability and is a LEED Green Associate. Karl has led the development of the certification program for the ASTM sustainability standards. 

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Phone: 1-203-447-2817


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Sustainability reporting is a growing business trend.  More than 80% of the Fortune 500 currently issue some type of sustainability report.  Although most players in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) industry have sustainability initiatives in place, sustainability reporting has been slow to develop.  However, there are increasing signs that reporting is trending up.  The latest report from Greenview (Green Venue Survey & Report) shows that 45% of the venues responding to the survey report on their sustainability performance.

MICE companies are reporting their sustainability performance in a variety of ways -- from one page RFP responses to comprehensive GRI(Global Reporting Initiative) reports that can run up to 100+ pages.

GRI Reporting Examples

RIO 2016 Olympic Organising Committee

Cape Town International Convention Centre


Custom Reporting Examples

Marina Bay Sands


Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

The International Centre (Toronto)

Conference Reports

Oracle OpenWorld

ITB Asia

Marina Bay Sands



Three things this week:

  1. Conflict mineral reporting continues to confound US companies. According to a Bloomberg brief, almost three quarters of all companies still cannot trace the source and chain of custody of 3TG in their supply chains. 

  2. Professional sports leagues and teams continue to embrace the crucial role of raising fan awareness of environmental and social issues. Partnerships like the one announced this week between the Atlanta Falcons and Novelis – to expand recycling efforts at games – provide an opportunity to engage the masses on sustainability issues.

  3. 2016 temperatures are once again record hot. A report from Climate Central looks a little deeper at the hottest US cities, but also the cities which are warming the fastest. The hottest cities are all in the south of course, but the cities with the fastest increases in temperate are scattershot.

Request your ESG metrics scorecard to find out how you’re performing.



Three things this week:

  1. Metric overload? The hundreds of sustainability metrics from the proliferation of reporting frameworks may mean you're not reporting on the most material indicators, and according to this Harvard Business Review article, the fastest growing investor cause is sustainability. 

  2. Metric precision? Critical for your GHG disclosures, but also vital in other areas, the durability of metrics is key: your data has to be accurate, based on science, with goals set in ESG context.

  3. 3.6 million metric tons? That’s the estimated carbon footprint of the Rio Olympics. Their carbon partner Dow Chemical will offset about 2 million of that, the rest to be offset by the state of Rio de Janeiro. Did they miss the mark by not focusing on the water in Guanabara Bay?

Request your ESG metrics scorecard to find out how you’re performing.



Three things this week:

  1. City & local governments may get middling ratings from sustainability experts on their contribution to sustainable development in a recent GlobeScan | SustainAbility Survey, but don’t tell that to Columbus, Ohio: they just beat 78 other US cities to win the Smart City Challenge, a contest in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to foster economic development and better access to jobs, fresh food, education, and healthcare.

  2. SASB submitted their formal response to the SEC’s public comment period on sustainability disclosure reform. It makes a strong case for including sustainability disclosures SEC filings, positioning their standards as the de facto format. The need is apparent: their research shows that half the time, companies have either boilerplate disclosure or no disclosure at all (see the table in Appendix B). 

  3. As Tesla faces production challenges and potential autopilot regulation, Hanergy introduced four cars with thin-film solar cells on the vehicles, which can travel about 50 miles on five to six hours of sunlight – no charging station!

SASB is coming—get ready:
Register to join our half-day workshop on how SASB standards affect your company.


Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00

Be sure of your sustainability reporting

Watch this short video to learn more about Report Assurance.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Sustainability standards in the event industy

Watch this short video to learn more about Sustainability Standards.



In this webinar, iCompli Sustainability’s Karl Pfalzgraf guides you through ISO 20121, APEX/ASTM and GRI and how these standards can be integrated into your event planning and follow-up.

By watching this webinar you will learn more about:

  • What is involved in each standard
  • When the standard is most relevant to your event planning
  • Helpful tools: Meet Green Calculator, SMPP


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