iCompli Sustainability

Take stock of reporting gaps. Identify opportunities.

competitor benchmarking

If you already are a GRI Reporter or plan to become one, many organizations find that conducting a “GRI Gap Analysis” is a useful way to identify gaps and opportunities as a tool for improving their next report and/or preparing for independent third party assurance. We analyze your most recent Sustainability/Integrated Annual Report against the 149 G4 or 127 G3.1 performance indicators and prepare a confidential management report.

This internal report rates each performance indicator according to "not covered", "partially covered" and/or "reasonably covered". Strengths and weaknesses of the report are also identified, such as whether or not the Report provides adequate quantitative data sets to support key assertions (e.g., Do you provide Lost Time Injury Frequency stats to confirm statements regarding how well the company manages workplace safety?). We conclude with key recommendations of which performance must be included to attain the reporting level your company seeks.

Competitor Intelligence and Benchmarking

Learn how your company measures up.

To help determine how your organization’s sustainability reporting measures up we can analyze your company’s Sustainability Report against any number of competitors you select. We analyze each of the 149 G4 or 127 GRI 3.1 indicators across the board for all of the benchmark companies and show whether the indicator was fully reported, partially reported, or not reported.

We also report the GRI Application Level (for G3.1), whether or not the level was checked by GRI, whether or not the report was assured, and if so the name of the assurance provider. This will give you a good overall sense of how your report compares to others in your industry or “best practice” companies in other sectors you choose. The deliverable is a spreadsheet that pulls together all the information in a user-friendly report.

  • Analyze 10-K reports and Proxy Statements to identify material economic and reputational issues of key competitors. Compare to organization’s internal list of material issues.
  • Analyze competitor reports for best practices. For each Material Aspect, assess readiness to provide required Disclosure on Management Approach information: Why an Aspect is material; How it is being managed; How the effectiveness of the Management System is evaluated.
  • Analyze and benchmark the full spectrum of competitor sustainability reporting (web, print, Annual Report, and 10K).
  • Benchmark and index organizational KPIs against competitor set to assess relative performance.

DJSI/CDP Benchmarking

Many companies are eager to improve their placement on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index of sustainability leaders. However since the information submitted to DJSI is confidential it is difficult to ascertain what leading companies are reporting. Our DJSI Dashboard uses proprietary research techniques to understand how your competitor set/peers are handling DJSI submissions. Our services provide a customized DJSI dashboard that identifies reporting gaps and opportunities to improve or maintain your ranking.

ESG Integration for Competitive Advantage

iCompli’s ESG Integration Services supports business decision-making and strategic initiatives in areas such as sales and marketing, procurement, employee recruitment, retention and engagement, corporate reporting and investor relations. iCompli monitors and analyzes your ESG performance using a dynamic data-mining tool that systematically collects and analyzes facts, criticism and controversies related to your company and projects worldwide. Understanding your ESG profile is a key element of the assessment process used by Dow Jones, Corporate Knights, FTSE and leading banks and lending institutions worldwide.

Reputational Risk Monitoring

iCompli monitors your reputational risks and provides quarterly reports that track the critical sustainability issues that affect your company's reputation. The service monitors news for your company and your industry from thousands of public sources including international and local media, government sites, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), newsletters, social media and blogs. Monitoring provides a baseline assessment of your reputational risks trends over time.

Peer Group & Supply Chain Assessment

iCompli analyzes the reputational risks and ESG issues specific to your peer group and supply chain.

Supply Chain Sustainability

ESG performance in your supply chain is increasingly essential to your overall corporate sustainability program. Further to this, global frameworks such as GRI G4 and CDP specifically address supply chain performance. Our supply chain analysis looks at both upstream and downstream activities to assess your suppliers from an ESG perspective to help you anticipate, manage and mitigate supplier risk.

Sales and RFP strategies

As corporate and government institutions choose to work with more sustainable suppliers our ESG analytics service can strengthen your competitive position during the bidding/proposal process. We provide intelligence that you can use in your proposals and bids to differentiate from your competitors and in communications to your stakeholders.

Reporting Alignment - CDP, DJSI and GRI

iCompli prioritizes reputational risks based on severity of impact to your company, and aligns the risks with existing reporting commitments, including GRI, CDP, or DJSI. We capture current responses from your public reports, evaluate the adequacy of the information, and provide recommendations for improving your company’s disclosure on the issue.

Report Analysis

Scoping your report. Materiality helps define what really matters.

The latest iteration of the GRI Reporting Framework G4 is all about materiality – those issues that reflect the organization’s significant economic, environmental and social impacts or influences stakeholder assessments and decision making.

Our Materiality Assessment starts by reviewing your current materiality processes – how you identify issues, how you engage with stakeholders, how you prioritize issues, the management approach you have adopted to address these issues, the objectives and metrics you have established to measure progress – and then how your practices compare to your competitors and other companies considered to have leading practices in this area. The deliverable will be a written report that documents your practices along with a spreadsheet that provides a more comprehensive company by company comparison.


  • Analyze organizational sustainability report and compare to requirements of GRI G4. Map current disclosures to G4’s General Standard Disclosures and Specific Standard Disclosures (including sector supplement). Identify gaps for both Core and Comprehensive Levels.
  • Review issues discussed in current sustainability report and identify issues that would be considered G4 Material Aspects. For each Material Aspect, indicate required Performance Indicators and identify any gaps in reporting. For Comprehensive level, specify requirements for new disclosures around Governance, Remuneration and Supply Chain.


Goals and Metrics

Developing Sustainability Goals and Metrics takes the Materiality assessment process to the next level.

This exercise surveys a company’s industry sector and other relevant industries with similar material issues to identify the broad-based goals and target metrics that peer companies have publicly reported. Peer in the sense of industry competitors, companies from similar sectors, companies similar to yours in terms of the level of their sustainability reporting, and best practice leaders from the leading sustainability rankings. This type of precision takes the well-known management concept of “what gets measured gets managed” and develops a sustainability reporting corollary “what gets reported gets managed”.

For each goal, we identify a specific target metric and show how that metric relates to the material aspects you’ve chosen to report on and the related GRI G4 indicators. This is not another tick-box exercise. Research has shown that most companies publicize their goals separate from GRI reporting. Goals should be goals because they are important not because they line up with G4. In other words, leaders in reporting focus on their business and reporting, not on the report.



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