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Your Guide to Biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions

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Your guide to ESG reporting frameworks


Choose the right ESG (environmental, social, and governance) disclosure framework for your organisation or investment due diligence.

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Investors, regulators, employees, and customers alike expect companies to provide clear, accurate sustainability reporting. But with so many reporting frameworks to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin.

We put together this guide to help you navigate your many framework options and choose the right one(s) for your requirements.


Frameworks covered in the guide


Voluntary reporting frameworks

  • CDP
  • CDSB
  • GRI
  • IIRC
  • SBTi
  • SASB
  • TCFD
  • UN Global Compact
  • UNGPs
  • PRI
  • Walker Guidelines
  • WEF

Laws & regulations

  • EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive
  • SFDR
  • UK Modern Slavery Act
  • UK Stewardship Code


  • DJSI
  • ISO
  • UN SDGs

For each framework, we include:

  • A brief overview
  • Rio’s take on the framework (how useful we find it and any key considerations)
  • A link to the corresponding website so you can continue your research
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Start making meaningful change

Well-executed ESG initiatives can offer a number of benefits, such as:

  • Increased stakeholder trust
  • Reduced energy/water/waste costs
  • Better employee productivity
  • More strategic resource allocation
  • Increased investment value
  • Decreased material risks 

With the right reporting framework in place, you can keep track of the ESG metrics that matter most to your organisation and investments, and set meaningful goals to improve performance. 

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About Rio

Rio is an intelligent, accessible sustainability software platform that helps businesses and individuals become more sustainable through data analysis, learning, and governance.

Rio’s proprietary AI analyses your data and provides transparent, actionable recommendations for reducing environmental impact, managing ESG risk, and saving money on waste, energy, water, and more.

Rio takes knowledge from the sustainability sector’s leading minds and puts it into the hands of everyday people and organisations — so we can all do better together.

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