Sustainability Reporting

We offer a comprehensive set of sustainability reporting services, designed to guide you right through the reporting process from start to finish, or to provide targeted assistance during one or more key phases.

The Reporting Process

 

Convince
You’re convinced that your company should produce a corporate responsibility report. But now you need to convince your supervisor or the CEO. What buttons should you push? What rationale will have the most impact? Your business case for reporting should use evidence, be realistic, address misconceptions, and show how value is created.
We Offer:

  • Business Case Preparation – customized to address what matters most to your company and its stakeholders.

Plan
The question of what to report is often the first to arise when a company embarks on the reporting journey. During the planning phase, your company should learn about corporate responsibility reporting and develop a corporate responsibility reporting strategy. The next step is to assess which indicators and other items are appropriate to measure and report. Potential indicators need to be prioritized based on their relevance to internal and external decision making.
We Offer:

  • Topic Identification – simple methodologies for issue identification
  • Issue Prioritization – materiality assessment coordination
  • Strategy Development – industry benchmarking, internal interviews, stakeholder research, work plans, multi-year planning

Measure
To ensure data reliability, your company needs a coordinated measurement system for tracking performance. It’s important to emphasize at the outset a shared ownership of the reporting process. Although one department might coordinate the process, several departments should “own” the data and report content.
We Offer:

  • Data Management – coordination of data collection from various departments; identify, assess and implement systems for data collection and analysis
  • Indicator Protocols – development of standardized tracking and reporting techniques
  • Data Analysis – work with staff to understand performance trends

Prepare
The preceding steps are a prelude to actually preparing the report. Next come the fundamental steps of analyzing the data, and designing, writing, and editing the report. Some companies follow a process similar to how their annual financial report is prepared. To ensure that the reporting cycle continues its circular trajectory, each year your company should look at where it can make performance and reporting improvements.

We Offer:

  • Project Management – coordination of internal and external parties; interface with content and data owners
  • Content Management – data interpretation; writing; creative design; layout; photography; diagrams; illustrations; graphs; web version

Check
This phase involves verifying reported performance. Your company might choose to verify performance using your internal audit department. An increasing number of companies are using external parties to check the reliability of the data and the relevance of the content. Another important step is to assess the report against some basic reporting principles to ensure clarity, neutrality, and timeliness.
We Offer:

  • Independent Review – external assurance of quantitative data
  • Multi-stakeholder Review – facilitation of multi-stakeholder review process
  • GRI Application Level Check

Share
This phase involves the tangible steps of printing the report, announcing its release, deciding how it will be made available to intended audiences, and beginning to gather feedback. This is an appropriate time to ask stakeholders what they would like to see in the next report.
We Offer:

  • Publication – print production management
  • Communications Strategy – developed to ensure the report doesn’t just sit on a shelf
  • Stakeholder Engagement – develop workshops/presentations to engage specific groups

We offer a comprehensive set of sustainability reporting services, designed to guide you right through the reporting process from start to finish, or to provide targeted assistance during one or more key phases.