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Corporate Sustainability

Sustainability reporting (also referred to as social reporting, corporate responsibility reporting, ESG reporting, and nonfinancial reporting) has become an established component of communication to stakeholders that complements financial reporting by leading companies. These reports have emerged as part of a trend toward increasing transparency and accountability on environmental and social performance. They serve to communicate to multiple audiences about a company’s corporate citizenship efforts in areas including community involvement, environmental impact, philanthropy and governance. In some cases, firms incorporate voluntary sustainability reporting in their mandatory financial reports.

In addition to the value of issuing social reports, companies can derive internal and external benefits from the reporting process. It can help to inform strategy and culture, establish accountability, provide transparency, stimulate dialogue with stakeholders, and engage employees across the organization in advancing corporate social responsibility. Sustainability reports are written with various stakeholders in mind, including investors, employees, senior managers, customers, community organizations, and award, ranking and recognition entities. Increasingly, producing a social report is a standard practice.

For more information about Sustainability Reporting, browse our research briefs.

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GRI/G4 Reporting: GRI G4 Certified Sustainability Reporting Workshop

Are you creating your first sustainability report and don’t know how to begin? Are you currently reporting but aren’t sure your company is up to par? As a certified Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) training partner, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship can provide you with a comprehensive foundation in the GRI G4 reporting framework and reporting process.

November 2-3. 2016

San Francisco, CA

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