Back late yesterday from a couple of days in Amsterdam, with the Board of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), chaired by (Judge) Mervyn King of South Africa. Bumped into several people I knew while arriving in and walking around the city, including Hein Sas and then Franklin van Beuningen of GreenPartners. (Little sleep in the hotel on the second night, when the street outside the Eden Rembrandt Square Hotel seemed to be full of screamers and shouters from nightfall to dawn. When I asked the receptionist whether this was normal, he said yes. Steer clear of this hotel if you can, ask for a room at the back or on the top floor or wear noise-canceling headphones to sleep.) Still, the wonderful GRI team proved to be fatigue-canceling. Indeed, the two days were a forceful reminder–if reminder were needed–of just how important transparency and reporting can be. We ended by drafting a fairly energetic Declaration that will hopefully see the light of day.