Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sustainability Reporting to Minimize Negative Impacts and Increase Positive Benefits

Sustainability reporting is an all encompassing tool to help create value. Reporting is an integral part of being accountable for the broad range of social, environmental and economic impacts that permeate business activities.

Sustainability reporting not only reviews progress it also identifies opportunities for improvement. Being truly accountable cannot be achieved in the absence of honest reporting. Whether this is about reducing carbon emissions or water usage, reporting is a critical part of assessing progress. Such reporting is also a crucial part of laying out and refining strategies.

Sustainability reports should explore the balance between complex and interrelated social, environmental, and financial aspects. A report can serve as an audit of progress toward achieving quantifiable goals. Reports can help to reduce things like energy and water use they can also assess environmental impacts associated with travel and purchasing as well as other dimensions of sustainability.

Reports are a central part of the culture of ongoing learning which is at the heart of genuine sustainability engagement. Ensuring that an organization is up to date with its sustainability initiatives implies that it knows where it has gone and where it is going.

Sustainability reports identify areas of capital improvements that enhance corporate efficiency. These reports help to understand the efficacy of a program and make improvements. These reports are useful both internally and externally. They are useful to all members of an organization from the CEO and senior management to employees, supply chain partners and the wider public.

By minimizing environmental impacts and enhancing the economic and social benefits, sustainability reporting affords an opportunity to drive significant change both within and outside of an organization.

Sustainability reporting is a key part of the commitment to creating real value. This means being accountable for the social, environmental and economic impacts. Once these impacts are understood, this translates to developing policies and business practices which have positive impacts.

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