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Sustainability Reporting

Sustainability programs have become an expectation. Increasingly, customers, investors and consumers are demanding transparency and visibility around sustainability initiatives, often in the form of annual reports.

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However, developing an appropriate and representative report is not always straightforward amid fluctuating stakeholder expectations, trends and attention spans. As such, many companies choose to follow existing frameworks to provide consistent and repeatable metrics, understand their progress, benchmark against peers and communicate initiatives to stakeholders.

Reporting Frameworks

Of the numerous sustainability reporting frameworks that companies choose to follow, some of the most prominent include:

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

  • The first and most widely accepted standards for sustainability reporting, the GRI framework involves identifying and reporting on material aspects (economic, social and environmental) for your company.
  • Of the world’s largest 250 companies, 93 percent report on sustainability and 82 percent report to GRI standards.

United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (UN SDGs)

  • Internationally recognized and agreed upon by nearly 200 countries, the SDGs outline ambitious goals to protect the environment, eliminate poverty and inequality, and promote peace and prosperity across the globe.
  • Today, over 3,800 voluntary commitments to the SDGs are listed on the UN’s online partnership platform.

CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project)

  • CDP offers an established platform to report on carbon, forestry and water impact for your company, with a supply chain module to incorporate supplier results. Encompassing governance, strategy and results, CDP grades disclosures from A to F.
  • Eighty-seven percent of companies that disclose to CDP Climate Change have identified business opportunities and are taking action to address climate risks, worth $53 billion in savings.

Task Force on Climate- related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)

  • TCFD provides a framework for reporting on climate change-related financial risk to provide consistent and complete information to investors and stakeholders.
  • As of June 2018, 286 companies have expressed support for TCFD, representing $7.1 trillion in market capitalization and $86.2 trillion in asset management.

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