Sustainability reporting and circular innovation:

Sustainability Reporting Course for Circular Innovators

Overview of the training

We are excited to announce a new appointment for all entrepreneurs and managers who are working on sustainable strategies and circular innovations.

A three-module course carried out in cooperation with SRIP Circular Economy provides comprehensive guidelines and up-to-date best practice for the implementation of sustainability strategies and reporting process, based on GRI standard.

The events will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday 15th March and Wednesdays 30th March and 13th April 2022

Programme language: Slovenian and English (no simultaneous translation)

The contents of the course focuses on benefits of sustainability reporting in a profoundly changing institutional, regulatory and competitive environment, accelerated by the adoption of the EU Taxonomy and EU policies deriving from The Circular Economy Action Plan, Fit for 55 actions and national Recovery and Resilience Plans. We tackle sustainability reporting practices from a firm’s perspective and demonstrate how designing, monitoring and implementation of a sustainability strategy in a relevant stakeholder context provides new business opportunities and creates competitive advantages, particularly for circular innovators. In the seminars, we will also cover the perspective of financial institutions on sustainable reporting and make suggestions on how to communicate good corporate practices in the market from a sustainability reporting perspective.

The programme starts with an introduction to the conceptual and intentional framework of sustainability reporting, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the GRI Standards, which are the basis for integrated sustainability reporting. The first part will provide insights from the perspective of a financial intermediary thanks to Slaven Mičković, senior risk management expert and CBA Faculty Member addressing the financial aspect of sustainability and sustainability reporting, and the involvement of other banking practitioners in the programme.

In the second part of the programme, Karin Huber-Heim, internationally renowned expert in sustainability reporting and CBA Faculty Member will lead the participants through the process of sustainability reporting and present, how organisations should approach this challenge internally and in a wider, stakeholder context. The importance of stakeholder management will be elaborated on by Urša Zgojznik from Ecologists Without Borders, who will explain how to involve stakeholders in the reporting process.

In the third and final part of the programme, we will look at best practices of sustainability reporting in Slovenia. We will hear presentations from companies that are already practising sustainability reporting and those that are working more intensively on communicating and presenting of firm’s sustainability efforts and reporting to the wider public.

The programme will be moderated by Nina Meglič (SRIP, Circular Economy) and Jurij Giacomelli (founder, CBA), who will provide further insights into the sustainability reporting process.

Karin Huber-Heim

Director of CE Forum Austria

Karin is an expert in sustainability and communication with international record and experience. She is consulting organisations worldwide on issues of corporate sustainability and stakeholder relationship management, and is an established international conference speaker.

Slaven Mičković

Senior risk manager, CBA Faculty

Slaven Mićković is an expert associate within the risk department in one of the major banks in Slovenia. He holds a doctorate in information management sciences.

Jurij Giacomelli

Founder and Managing Director at CBA

Jurij Giacomelli is the founder of Circular Business Academy (CBA,, a dedicated knowledge platform enabling entrepreneurs, managers, experts, investors and policy-makers to embrace circular business model innovation by creating, exchanging and sharing specific competence and thrive on the civilisational paradigm shift.


Part 3 – 13th April 2022

Good practices in sustainability reporting and communication strategies

9.00 Welcome and introduction Nina Meglič, Head, SRIP – Circular Economy

Jurij Giacomelli, founder of Circular Business Academy



Good practices of communicating sustainable strategy  Dr. Denis Mancevič, direktor, Herman in partnerji


9.25 Q&A  
9.35 Sustainable reporting and sustainability strategy: 

Examples of good practice

Hrastnik 1860 (tbc)
9.50 Q&A (TBC)
10.00 Monitoring circular practices through sustainable reporting and stakeholder relations – the importance of financial intermediaries Nina Meglič, Head, SRIP – Circular Economy
10.10 NLB’s approach to sustainable reporting
and sustainable communication
What is changing in the bank – how the bank will treat clients in the future and assess their risk – how it will assess the quality of investment proposals

Maša Švab, Coordinator of Sustainable Development, NLB

10.35 Q&A


10.45 Insurance companies, circular opportunities and sustainable reporting Slaven Mičković, member of the CBA lecture staff


11.10 Q&A  
11.30 Conclusion of the programme



Materials and Recordings

Part 1:

Institutional framework, sustainability reporting and the circular economy Jurij Giacomelli, Circular Business Academy
Sustainability Reporting Standards and Practices and GRI Standards Nina Meglič, Head, SRIP – Circular Economy
Financing, risk management and sustainability reporting Slaven Mičković, member of the CBA lecture staff


Part 2:

Part 3:

Good practices of sustainability reporting and communication in Slovenia  Sebastian žužek, Circular Business Academy
Nina Švab, NLB
Slaven Mičković, member of the CBA lecture staff