ASSURANCE | AUTHORSHIP | ADVISORY
IRAS affords provision of third-party assurance over the Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)/Sustainability content within Integrated Annual Reports, in line with local and international best practice, including:
Over the past 25 years, IRAS – and/or Michael H. Rea as a Lead Assurer with PWC, KPMG and SustainabilityServices.co.za (IRAS pre-2011) – has completed 100 assurance engagements to a wide array of local and international companies in over 20 countries across various industry sectors, inclusive of 160 site visits to test data systems and controls at operational facilities (for Group consolidation and report testing purposes).
Due to increasing demand for our services, IRAS has invested in the development of increased capacity to write more reports for clients. However, we continue to engage with a set of “Networked Associates” whose primary activity would be report authorship as/when needed.
Over the years, IRAS has acted as the GRI’s local partner in the development of SMME Annual Reports within the PUMA (global) supply chain, including for one company – Impahla Clothing – who, through our efforts identified the opportunity to become PUMA’s first Carbon Neutral Supplier in Africa (second in the world). This process was set about in an effort to find ways to reduce Impahla’s carbon footprint, but quickly turned into an incredible journey that IRAS was thrilled to have played a small part in.
Due to ensure maximum value add for our clients, IRAS engages the services of specialists within our pool of “Networked Associates” to offer complimentary skills on an as/when needed basis.
Having provided Tongaat Hulett with Group/Corporate support to the position of Group Sustainability Executive from June 2020 to June 2021, IRAS is willing to offer similar capacity and skills to a maximum of one company per annum on a part-time basis (maximum 50%). Based on the successes and achievements realised by Tongaat Hulett in overhauling their Group Sustainability management, we firmly believe we are well-placed to provide similar guidance to other large companies struggling to catch up to current and/or emerging trends in ESG/Sustainability management.
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