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Sophie Byun (MBA '17) at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

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”I reviewed dozens of the WBCSD member companies’ CSR reports and, after statistical analysis, determined that the effectiveness of corporate non-financial reporting is continuing to improve and become a priority among leading companies.”

For the second year in a row, GSEI placed students as Fellows at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development thanks to the support of our founding partner, Bank of America. These Fellowships offer offer a practical training ground for the next generation of leaders whose decisions will make a positive social and economic impact on the world. Below, Sophie Byun (MBA '17) reports on her work this summer. 

Sophie Byun (MBA '17)

Summer Associate: Redefining Value

My responsibilities as a summer associate in the Redefining Value Program included assessing WBCSD member companies’ sustainability reports against a pre-defined framework such as Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, reporting metric strategies and trends relevant to corporate social responsibility, generating statistics on the reports reviewed, and identifying trends by industrial sectors and geographical regions.

In August, I had an opportunity to travel to Geneva and work with the Redefining Value Program team to help identify corporate social responsibility trends for the upcoming 2016 Reporting Matters publication. Reporting Matters was first launched at the WBCSD’s council meeting in Istanbul in November 2013. It shed light on effective non-financial reporting practices, and offered inspirational examples to stimulate the sharing of best practices.

Specifically, my analytical work was focused on comparing this year’s trends to those identified in 2015 and 2013. I reviewed dozens of the WBCSD member companies’ CSR reports and, after statistical analysis, determined that the effectiveness of corporate non-financial reporting is continuing to improve and become a priority among leading companies. The 2016 publication will be released at the October council meeting in Chennai, India.

Thanks to the Global Social Enterprise Initiative and Bank of America, I have had the invaluable opportunity to work with experts who focus on social, economic and environmental issues to make the world better, and contribute to this challenging and valuable work. I hope to pursue my passion for corporate social responsibility and use my experience with the WBCSD to promote a vision for business and society that economic growth should be coupled with sustainable development and societal well-being.