SDWG General Meeting – Progress Towards the 2015 Ministerial

SDWG held its fourth General Meeting under Canada’s Chairmanship, on October 18-19, 2014, in Yellowknife. The objective was to provide status updates on the projects of the 2013-2015 SDWG Work Plan, to discuss the remaining work prior to the Ministerial meeting, and to learn about the emerging US priorities for the SDWG. The status reports on the SDWG Chairmanship priority initiatives and other SDWG projects demonstrated that work is on track and significant progress has been made towards the delivery of project results by April 2015, including on Mental Wellness and Resilience, the Arctic Adaptation Exchange and the Traditional and Local Knowledge Initiative. The Chair would like to thank everyone involved their hard work and thoughtfulness over the course of the two day meetings. The group’s efforts went a long way to making the fourth General Meeting a success.


“The Tlicho Drummers and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation Drummers performing at the opening of the outreach event”
Photo credit: Arctic Council Secretariat/Jesper Stig Andersen


The first workshop on CSR was held in Stockholm 26-27 January 2012. About 50 people from all Arctic Council states, industries, NGOís, trade unions and representatives for indigenous peoples participated in the workshop.

Please see agenda and highlights from the meeting below.

Meeting Highlights

Powerpoint presentations:



CSR Workshop held January 2012 in Stockholm.



Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a multi-stakeholder, network-based organization. Its Secretariat is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

GRI has pioneered and developed a comprehensive Sustainability Reporting Framework that is widely used around the world. The Framework enables all organizations to measure and report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance ñ the four key areas of sustainability.

The Secretariat acts as a hub, coordinating the activity of GRI’s many network partners. GRI has Focal Points and regional offices in Australia, Brazil, China, India and the USA. Its global network includes more than 600 Organizational Stakeholders and core supporters and some 30,000 people representing different sectors and constituencies.

The Reporting Framework ñ which includes the Reporting Guidelines, Sector Guidelines and other resources ñ enables greater organizational transparency about economic, environmental, social and governance performance. This transparency and accountability builds stakeholdersí trust in organizations, and can lead to many other benefits. Thousands of organizations, of all sizes and sectors, use GRI’s Framework in order to understand and communicate their sustainability performance.

GRI also enjoys strategic partnerships with the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Global Compact, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, International Organization for Standardization and many others.

GRIís Guidelines are developed with the expertise of the people in its network. International working groups, stakeholder engagement, and due process ñ including Public Comment Periods and help make the Guidelines suitable and credible for all organizations.