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About r3.0

What we are

r3.0 promotes Redesign for Resilience and Regeneration. As a global common good not-for-profit platform, r3.0 crowdsources open recommendations for necessary transformations across diverse fields and sectors, in response to the ecological and social collapses humanity is experiencing, in order to achieve a thriving, regenerative and distributive economy and society.

What we do

r3.0 catalyzes the transformation to a regenerative and inclusive global economy by: 1. Crowd-sourcing expert inputs on Blueprints with recommendations on their redesign for next generation practices in the fields of 1) reporting, 2) accounting, 3) data and 4) new business models; 2. Supporting the piloting of these recommendations to prove their viability; and, 3. Scaling up these new practices through Dissemination Programs and Solutions building. Our different activities are bundled in a work-ecosystem to enable a continuous exchange of feedback and cross-pollination.

Why us

r3.0 aligns its level of ambition not to ideology, but to the transformation needs dictated by science and ethics. r3.0 is a non-profit initiative, independent from standard setters and regulators and focused on a holistic view to system change. We achieve our objectives through a global network of 6,000+ individuals who pursue constructive engagement with influential actors as a means of activating the necessary shifts.

What we have achieved so far

Starting in 2013 with our first phase of development, r3.0 initiated its inquiry into the adequacy of current reporting to achieve a transformed economy. Through convening five international conferences, two Transition Labs, four Regional Roundtables, six Blueprint Working Group Meetings, and 12 virtual dialogues, we engaged more than 1,500 experts to confirm the inadequacy of current reporting for spurring the changes required, thus positioning r3.0 to fill this void. As a result, we initiated our Blueprint work-ecosystem, including processes to promptly incorporate feedback of various constituencies, and launched a set of Dissemination Programs to pilot proof-of-concept projects that can then swiftly scale up next-generation reporting practices

Where we are headed

r3.0 used the year 2018 to consolidate what has been achieved to date, finalize the first iteration of the Blueprints and launch Dissemination Programs to end Phase I after the 5th Conference. The subsequent start of Phase II will begin with a second round of Blueprint content creation and extension of piloting, along with setting the foundation for a multi-stakeholder Global Thresholds & Allocations Council (GTAC) and developing the necessary training materials. This will set the ground for 2019 – 2021, during which dissemination, further content development and solution building will be the focus. r3.0 will strengthen the implementation of recommended solutions and tools through its Transformations Journey Program. Successful content development practices will be replicated during the second iteration round for the Blueprint developments. The results thereof will be presented at the Annual Conferences in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Understanding the role and importance of reporting

The Stakes

Our current capitalist economy has produced great wealth – at enormous costs. The underlying corporate behavior is a predominant cause for global challenges such as climate change, social injustice and an increasing worldwide economic disparity. To effectively approach the roots of those challenges, a transformation of our processes and accounting responsibilities is needed and can only be achieved through greater transparency. The main tool to achieve this transition is disclosure on all levels of an economic system. Hence, the invisible can be made visible and generate a new momentum for tackling the challenges at hand.

Why transformation?

Reporting plays an essential role in transforming the economy by illumination: “Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” said US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Reporting enables the transformation that is needed by creating transparency and accountability for better informed decision-making. It provides information on company performance metrics and values, its impacts on the different capitals, compensation and incentives, risk and innovation, strategy and governance, and business models for current and future value creation. A holistic and long-term view on value created for the company and its owners and other rights-holders also creates value for the broader systems the company operates within. In order to fully activate its potential and accelerate transformation, reporting itself needs to evolve. The co-founder of the Global Reporting Initiative Allen White describes a three-phase journey of reporting: Reporting 1.0 First steps on reporting non-financial issues like social and ecological. However, those additionally reported information remained extraordinary and simply provided some information, painting a very fragmented picture of business organizations. Reporting 2.0 With the introduction of the term “Triple-Bottom-Line” in the early 1990s, first holistic attempts to report on all three sustainability dimensions got established and brought incremental improvement. Yet, the question about when a business is sustainable can only be answered by taking its context into account. Hence, current reports lack to discuss their performance in the context of the limits and demands placed on environmental or social resources at the sector, local, regional, or global level. We call this the Sustainability Context GapReporting 3.0 The currently emerging generation of reporting aims at setting data and information in the proper context of various capitals’ limits and therewith closing the Sustainability Context Gap. Thus, it is set up to trigger transformation at the micro level of the individual company, but also at the meso level of industry sectors, investment portfolios, and regional habitats, and finally at the macro level of economic, social, and ecological global systems. Yet, the transition is by no means guaranteed. The work of r3.0 is therefore of vital importance to spur this necessary transformation.

The fundamentals of r3.0

Vision

We envision a world of universal well-being, fueled by a regenerative and distributive economy that supports all humans’ potential to thrive individually and collectively, and society’s potential to prosper from wise stewardship of earth’s bounty.

Theory of Change

We believe that reporting has the potential to leverage necessary transformation of the global economy. We believe that transparency drives accountability, both reactively to amend degenerative practices, and proactively to activate regenerative practices in better informed markets.

Mission

We believe that reporting has the potential to leverage necessary transformation of the global economy. We believe that transparency drives accountability, both reactively to amend degenerative practices, and proactively to activate regenerative practices in better informed markets.

Work Ecosystem

The work-ecosystem consists of three main lines of work: content development, content dissemination and solutions building.

 

Content development

Our Blueprints represent the core of r3.0’s knowledge creation, with the goal of identifying the gap between current practice / ambition and necessary progress (based on scientific realities and ethical imperatives) with recommendations on how to fill those gaps. The first phase of Blueprint development (2016-2018) focused on four fields (Reporting, Accounting, Data, and New Business Models) with a fifth Blueprint synthesizing and integrating the other four into an implementation framework (Transformation Journey). The second phase of Blueprint development (2019-2021) focuses on Sustainable Finance and Value Cycles, with other fields to follow. The Blueprints build the “engine” of r3.0’s work-ecosystem, generating the content needed and defining recommended solutions in an iterative manner to fuel innovation and systemic change. Blueprint Lead Authors convene Working Groups of 20+ international experts in a 12-to-18-month process gathering state-of-the-art research, best practices, innovative approaches and co-created recommendations that feed into two Exposure Drafts of the Blueprint. The Working Group reviews each Exposure Draft via an In-Person Working Group Meeting and a Virtual Dialogue (with a Public Comment period added during the second round), after which the Lead Author revises each Blueprint into a Final Report. In a dynamic process of content dissemination and feedback gathering, the different Blueprints are iteratively updated in 2 year cycles.

As of spring 2018, five Blueprints (BPs) were published, with three new BPs in the pipeline:

BP1: Reporting – A principles-based approach to reporting that spurs the emergence of a green, inclusive & open economy

 

BP2: Accounting – Laying the foundations for future-ready reporting

 

BP3: Data – Data integration, contextualization & activation for multicapital accounting

 

BP4: New Business Models – Integral business model design for catalyzing regenerative and distributive economies

 

BP5: Transformation Journey Program – A step-by-step approach to organizational thriveability and system value creation

 

BP 6: Sustainable Finance – Mapping the shift from degenerative, extractive finance to regenerative, sustainable finance (forthcoming)

 

BP 7: Value Cycles – Re-examining value to shift from shareholder value to system value and from linear value chains to circular value cycles (forthcoming)

 

BP 8: Governments, Multilaterals, and Foundations (forthcoming)

 

 

Content dissemination

The dissemination and subsequent implementation of the content from the Blueprints takes place in different programs. Each program involves a different group of stakeholders, described in detail below. During the program’s duration, the developed content will be tested, discussed and the conclusions fed back into other programs as well as into the next generation of Blueprint development. Hence, the whole system is an ongoing process, interconnected in an ecosystem:

Transformation Journey Program: A modularized implementation journey for all constituencies, all sizes and all parts of the world, helping to start transforming organizations step-by-step, and aiming at organizational thriveability and system value creation. It addresses individuals and organizations on nano, micro, meso and macro level. The Journey Program allows flexible application with partners. Joint learning is possible in webinars and generic workshops. Individual implementation can be achieved with r3.0 Advocation Partners.


Advocation Partners: The opportunity for subject matter experts in consultancies and advisory organizations to support the dissemination and testing of the Blueprint recommendations. Advocation Partners work with their clients in helping them integrate the Blueprint recommendations and tools, scaling implementation worldwide.


Academic Alliance: Fostering the exchange between academics and practitioners in order to accelerate the application of gained knowledge. The four main areas of collaboration are supporting Blueprint development, joint research projects, program alignment and curriculum development.


Government, Multilaterals and Foundations Support: We provide support for e.g. governments in their development of regulations, legislation and incentives through our deeper insights into next-generation approaches to disclosure.

 


Investor Support: With our new insights, we support investors to better validate their decision making on responsible and sustainable investments for a more resilient future. (forthcoming)

 


Events:
Throughout the year, we maintain the momentum of r3.0 with different events, from the annual r3.0 Conference as flagship event to regional roundtables and virtual dialogues.

 

Solutions Building

The third part of the work-ecosystem, the solutions building, develops concrete measures to close reporting gaps. The solutions being built and activated are intended to function as spin-offs and further development of solutions recommended in the Blueprints. Currently, one such venture is curated by r3.0, whereas the Test Labs are ongoing:

Global Thresholds & Allocations Councilr3.0 proposes the formation of a multi-stakeholder Global Thresholds & Allocations Council (GTAC), to establish an authoritative approach to reporting economic, environmental and social performance in relation to generally accepted boundaries and limits. GTAC will identify thresholds and norms, design and validate allocation methodologies and disseminate the agreed upon solutions.


Test Labs & Research
r3.0 is constantly challenging its thinking based on feedback we receive through the above mentioned programs. New ideas arise and those will be tested as pilot projects, and experience will be gathered. If vetted positively, outcomes of the Test Lab will lead to inclusion in future Blueprints and Solutions. This site will host r3.0 research projects with partners and – when developed – own research areas, carried out with Advocation Partners, Academic Alliance Partners and other collaboration partners.

Advocation Partners

Academic Alliance Partners

Blueprints

Conferences

Steering Board Members

Community Reach

Steering Board

Keith Ambachtsheer

Founder, KPA Advisory Services

 

Keith Ambachtsheer has been recognized as the globe’s number one knowledge broker in institutional investing and is known for his ‘out-of-the-box’ approach to pension design, governance, and investing issues. Since its 1985 inception, KPA Advisory Services has been a trusted incubator for new thinking in the field of pensions. CEM Benchmarking Inc., co-founded by Keith in 1991, has earned a reputation as the premier global benchmarking organization in the pensions and investments industry.

In addition to being closely connected to the business side of the pension and investments industry, Keith has strong ties to its related fields in academia. aiCIO named Keith one of the globe’s “10 Most Influential Academics in Institutional Investing”, and he has helped guide the discourse in the field through a variety of academic positions, including Founding Director (Emeritus), International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM), University of Toronto.

Sarah Grey

Reporting & Assurance Advisor, Global Sustainability, PwC

Sarah is Reporting & Assurance Advisor, Global Sustainability, PwC.  She was instrumental in establishing PwC’s global Integrated Reporting Network and led thought leadership programmes, including World Watch magazine, the Hundred Group Briefing and Board Radar. From 2000 to 2005 she led the pan-European IFRS Transition market development programme. Sarah was previously the editor of the ICAEW’s Accountancy magazine (International Edition) and worked briefly in television and advertising after graduating from Manchester University with an honours degree in American Studies. Sarah loves theatre and founded a touring theatre company and performed with the National Youth Theatre in the 1980s, but these days she sticks to the audience.

Mairead Keighter

Reporting Program Manager, Shift

As an Reporting Program Manager with Shift, Mairead manages the reporting program, overseeing the growth and application of the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework. Prior to joining Shift, Mairead worked for 19 years in the information and communications technology sector in Europe in both strategic and operational positions. For Microsoft, Mairead was Corporate Affairs Manager in the company’s Legal and Corporate Affairs division, focused on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Within this role Mairead coordinated across 28 subsidiaries to engage with governments and bring a consistent policy and corporate social responsibility strategy to life. She participated on behalf of Microsoft in multistakeholder initiatives on key topics linked to business and human rights. Prior to this role, Mairead worked in marketing for Microsoft, where her key responsibilities included developing and managing engagement programs, training initiatives and marketing campaigns in support of the large network of partners across the Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA) region. Prior to Microsoft, Mairead worked in Business Development roles for Digital Equipment Corporation/Compaq.

“Engaging in the r3.0 ecosystem provides a great opportunity to accelerate integration of human rights into the core of the broader reporting agenda, spurring the transition to a business climate that incentivizes and rewards enhanced human rights practice”

Laura Palmeiro
Senior Advisor, UN Global Compact

Laura started her career in 1993 as Finance Auditor in PWC Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1997, she joined Aguas Danone Argentina as Sales & Marketing Controller. She became Financial Controller in Villa Alpina (Groupe Danone) in 1999. In 2003 she moved to France as Sales & Marketing Controller for the World Wide Waters Division. In 2006 she accepted a position at Corporate level where she acted as Investors’ Relations Officer.

She later became VP Finance Nature in 2009, in charge of developing and deploying the environmental reporting for the company, including the CO2 accounting system.
In March 2014, Laura was appointed Corporate Social Responsibility Director, and as of May 2016, she became Sustainability Integration Director, in charge of coordinating sustainability governance, animation and sustainability reporting at corporate level.
Since January 2018 Laura is seconded to the UN Global Compact where she serves as Senior Advisor on sustainability reporting issues.

Peter Teuscher

Managing Partner, BSD Consulting, an ELEVATE Company

Peter has been working in the sustainability domain as an entrepreneur for more than 25 years. He founded trading company gebanallc, co-founded BSD Consulting and initiated information and collaborative platforms such as Social Management Systems SMS, Sustainability Compass and r3.0. As a Managing Partner of BSD Consulting he contributes his extensive experience in working with big multinational and smaller companies on strategy and sustainability management within a cross-cultural and international context. His main areas of work are strategy deployment and stakeholder engagement, sustainability communication and sustainable supply chain management. Peter has a Master’s degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and a Business Engineer’s degree.

Claudine Blamey

Group Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Sainsbury's

Claudine is Group Head of Corporate Responisibility and Sustainability, Sainsbury’s. She is also the Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), the UK’s first professional body for everyone working in CR and sustainability. Before joining The Crown Estate, Claudine was Head of Sustainability at SEGRO and before that Director of Corporate Responsibility at British Land. Her first CR role was as Environment Manager at Honda. Claudine has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and Legislation from Brunel University and a BSc Honours Degree in Environmental Control from Greenwich University. Claudine was previously a Board member of the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and Chair of its Policy and Communications Committee.

“I have no doubt that the way companies disclose information is changing. Reporting impact on all the capitals that an organisation relies on makes complete sense and I believe we will see more of this happening in the near future. Reporting 3.0 is providing the platform for this movement to take place faster and I am excited to be part of the steering board and play my part.”

Paul F.M. Hurks
RA Director International Affairs, NBA

Paul F.M. Hurks RA (1958) is a Dutch Chartered Accountant (RA), Director International Affairs at NBA Amsterdam (Dutch Professional Organization for Accountants) since 2007. Current capacity at NBA covers international accountancy relations, international accountancy education as member of the Common Content Steering Group (harmonizing European Accountancy Education), sustainability and integrated reporting and assurance, and PAO capacity building (long term projects/relationships with developing Professional Accountancy Organizations in collaboration with IFAC PAODC). For Sustainability Reporting and Integrated Reporting, the capacity includes providing facilities for discussion platforms and best practice development, both for reporting and assurance. Paul participates in (inter)national working relationships with IIRC (Business Network), Accountancy Europe, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, CSR-Netherlands, IUCN and True Price, r3.0 and the Community of Practice for IR-education in close collaboration with large audit firms, public sector, oversight, sustainability sector and the IAASB-Working Group. In former capacities Paul has been a practitioner in the Netherlands for 25 years for audit clients, partly with KPMG and partly as a founding partner of Omnyacc Accountants (a local medium-sized practice). Paul served furthermore in international and national capacities as quality control inspector (for auditing practice and accountancy education), lecturer and consultant in the field of audit and quality control and lecturer Financial Auditing & Assurance for postgraduate accountancy education at VU University Amsterdam and University Maastricht.

Brendan LeBlanc
Partner Climate Change & Sustainability Services, EY

Brendan is a Partner in Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY, with more than 20 years of experience working with global public and private companies to provide financial and non-financial advisory, reporting and assurance services. He is a subject matter professional on corporate social responsibility metrics, reporting and assurance and led the first full sustainability assurance engagement in the US. Brendan brings extensive experience in implementing sustainability initiatives into internal balanced scorecards utilized to drive executive compensation. He also brings significant experience leading and coordinating several sustainability risk assessments, conflict minerals engagements and sustainable sourcing reviews, including working with some of the leading manufacturers on sustainable sourcing programs, values-led sourcing programs and numerous third-party certification schemes. Brendan serves as EY’s representative on the: • International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Advisory Board, Education and Assurance Committees • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) – North America Organizational Stakeholder Group • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Liaison Delegate • His participation with these organizations provides the opportunity to help set the direction and provides our clients with leading-edge perspective on the direction of these global trends.

“r3.0 plays a vital role in advancing the world of disclosure by envisioning the next necessary steps for reporting to actually fulfill its promise of spurring an economy that truly serves people, prosperity and planet. My particular interest, since I first heard about the Platform, has been in helping r3.0 activate evidence-based stakeholder advocacy that uses data from corporate reports to contextualize the sustainability of company performance.” 

Stephen Russell

Senior Associate, World Resource Institute

Stephen leads the Corporate GHG Accounting Project at WRI, which seeks to develop (inter)nationally recognized best practices for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management for organizations. He is currently managing projects in Brazil and elsewhere to create GHG measurement tools for agribusiness. He has led the development of a GHG accounting protocol for the US public sector (subsequently adopted by US federal agencies under EO 13514) and various accounting protocols and tools for specific industrial sectors, including the Chinese coal-fired power sector and metals production. Stephen has also assisted the creation of the GHG Protocol Brazil Program, a voluntary, corporate GHG reporting program in Brazil. Stephen previously conducted academic research on ecology and population genetics. His research fields encompassed the spread of invasive species in the Caribbean and southern Africa, population demographic analysis, and speciation. Stephen spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher with the Max-Planck Research Society in Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and a BSc. (Hons.) in Biology from the University of York (England).

Operations Team

Bill Baue
Senior Director, r3.0

As an internationally recognized expert on ThriveAbility, Sustainability Context, and Online Stakeholder Engagement, Bill designs systemic transformation at global, company, and community levels. A serial entrepreneur, he’s co-founder of a number of companies and initiatives: ThriveAbility Foundation, Sustainability Context Group, Convetit and Sea Change Radio. He works with organizations across the sustainability ecosystem, including AccountAbility, Audubon, Ceres, GE, Global Compact, Harvard, UNCTAD, UNEP, Walmart, and Worldwatch Institute.

“What excites me most about working with r3.0 is the opportunity to collaborate with other ‘positive mavericks’ who see that efforts in sustainability reporting and integrated reporting to date — while laudably setting a solid foundation — have yet to deliver the needed transformation to true sustainability and beyond. So r3.0 is needed to help actualize the promise of a really regenerative & inclusive economy.” 

Alexandra Thurm
Office Manager, r3.0

Alexandra supports r3.0 through website design and content management as well as community activation through newsletter administration. She also supports event management and conference ticketing.

Cleophea Michelsen

Research Manager, r3.0

Cleophea Michelsen is a Sustainability Consultant at BSD Consulting in the field of Programs & Solutions. She acquired her MSc in Environmental Engineering at ETH Zurich and Yale University, majoring in Ecological Systems Design and Waste Management. Previously, she gained work experience during internships at Swiss Re in the fields of Risk Engineering and Group Strategy.

She helps r3.0 through research and management support.

Ralph Thurm
Managing Director, r3.0

Ralph Thurm is one of the leading international experts for sustainable innovation and strategy as well as sustainability and integrated reporting. He is co-initiator, content curator and facilitator of the r3.0 Platform, worked as Director of Engagement for GISR and co-founder of the ThriveAbility Foundation. Earlier, Ralph Thurm held positions as Head of the Sustainability Strategy Council at Siemens, COO of the Global Reporting Initiative and Director of Sustainability & Innovation at Deloitte. Ralph was involved in the development of all four generations of the GRI Guidelines. Furthermore Ralph works in and supports many networks for sustainable innovation as a valued partner and is a member of various Boards and Jury’s. His blog A|HEAD|ahead is a respected source and input for many international discussions.

“When we started r3.0 in 2013, we felt the urgent need to offer a pre-competitive community platform that would enable key actors to work together to revamp the design of the reporting regime to truly serve a green & inclusive economy. I strongly believe that reporting can play a trigger function if the sustainability context between macro-level social, ecological and economic systems and the micro-level of individual company impacts is disclosed seamlessly and such reporting is supported by redesigned multicapital accounting rules, data architecture and the disclosure needs of adapted and new business models. There is no such process anywhere in the world serving this purpose, so r3.0 can play a crucial role to catalyze a green and inclusive economy through reporting.”

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