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Editorial Feature: Charron Tapped by BPA/iCompli to Head Sustainability/GRI Assurance Services

Shelton, CT -- (Marketwired) -- 04/21/14 -- Continuing efforts to build its iCompli sustainability assurance services, BPA Worldwide has named Joel Charron as Vice President, Sustainability Assurance. He will be based in Houston, Texas.

Charron is responsible for marketing and business development for iCompli's suite of sustainability assurance services related to reporting in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.

"Joel's experience and industry knowledge in regards to sustainability reporting will be a great benefit to BPA," noted Glenn Hansen, BPA President/CEO. "Given his previous efforts with reporting frameworks, CSR and stakeholder engagement, I'm confident Joel will help move iCompli's reporting assurance business to the next level and position iCompli as a leader in assuring companies' sustainability performance."

The widely-used GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework encourages independent third-party assurance. Report assurance adds to the credibility of the information presented by the organization. It also helps to improve internal performance. BPA's approach to assurance includes an analysis of the content of an organization's report to evaluate inclusion of information, the materiality of what is being reported on and willingness to address the areas identified in the reporting.

For those organizations already reporting with the GRI framework, iCompli's "GRI Gap Analysis" helps identify gaps and opportunities for improving a next report and/or preparing for assurance. iCompli's Gap Analysis analyzes an organization's most recent Sustainability/Integrated Annual Report against GRI's performance indicators and creates a confidential management report.

Prior to joining BPA, Charron was Vice President of Business Development at Pierpont Communications. Previously, as Regional Vice President at Curran & Connors, Inc. from 1998-2013, Charron was a leader of the organization's Global Sustainability Practice and a frequent panelist on the topic of GRI. He also represented Curran & Connors as an Organization Stakeholder and Sector Leader for the GRI.

Charron earned his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University.

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