Sustainability Reporting 101

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Sustainability Reporting 101

There are plenty of reports that focus more on positive spin than nuts and bolts business issues. But smart managers understand the difference – and take competitive advantage of it. Good reporting can have real bottom-line business benefits in part because, as the saying goes, “what gets measured gets managed.” This blog series will walk sustainability professionals through why an organization needs CSR, how to implement it, and how to report on it.

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Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 9: Top Five Ways to Merchandize Your Corporate Sustainability Report
When all is said and done, how many people will read your entire corporate sustainability report (CSR), from beginning to end? Chances are that only a few eager readers will read the whole report. Since many of your stakeholders may not delve enthusiastically into the technical details, it may take some additional effort and a bit of creativity to reach them with your company’s...
Oct 4, 2012 4:00 PM ET
Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 8: The Pros and Cons of Five Sustainability Report Formats
What format will your corporate sustainability report (CSR) take? Determining how to present the final product is one of the key decisions to make as you develop the strategy and project plan for a CSR. The format not only has budget and timeline implications, but it also impacts the way your report is organized and written. For example, writing for the web requires a very...
Sep 27, 2012 2:15 PM ET
Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 7: Top Ten Sustainability Acronyms and Why They Matter
Several years ago, I got a new assignment at work and suddenly found myself immersed in sustainability reporting. As I set out to learn my new job, I discovered an alphabet soup of acronyms that made my head spin on a daily basis. I tried to make sense of what the experts were saying, but thelanguage seemed to barely resemble English. So, one of my first orders of business was...
Sep 20, 2012 5:30 PM ET
Sustainability Reporting 101 - Part 6: Five Not-So-Obvious Ways External Experts Can Improve Your Sustainability Report
Producing a Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) is a big job that requires significant time andexpertise. It’s easy to underestimate the full scope of resources that reporting requires. Fortunately, there are a wide variety of consultants and agencies available that can help handle many parts of the workload – from strategy, to writing, to data management, to graphic design,...
Sep 13, 2012 12:45 PM ET