The task of producing a sustainability report can seem daunting, especially if it’s your first. We see many organisations and people struggling with what to include, getting lost in data instead of providing information, and being weighed down by onerous executive sign offs. This week in Sydney at our ‘best practice sustainability reporting’ course participants had similar questions:
- How do we make good decisions about what to include?
- What’s the difference between the different sustainability reporting frameworks?
- What should I do if my issues don’t fit into existing reporting frameworks?
With many organisations now heading into ‘reporting season’, ACCSR was approached by online news service Carbon + Environment Daily to provide a primer for those wanting to produce a more effective sustainability report. Here’s an excerpt.
‘Preparing an effective sustainability report involves a lot more than just collecting and presenting data, according to Jackie Allender of the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Allender, a senior consultant with the ACCSR, told CE Daily companies firstly need to be clear about why they are reporting. Some do so to keep up with their peers, others because of stakeholder or supply chain pressure or a board directive, she said. Being clear about the reasons “will help you think about the sort of report you might want to put out.”
Allender added that the target audience for a company’s sustainability report is likely to want more than just a summary of performance to date. They will also want information on corporate strategy and future initiatives, and on how the company is positioning itself in dealing with big-picture issues such as climate change.’
See the full article with tips on more effective reporting at: C + E Daily