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Sustainability Reporting


The value proposition for sustainability reporting is clear: by disclosing and communicating environmental, social, and governance goals and progress towards them, companies can improve reputation, build consumer confidence, and even improve risk management and increase innovation. There are many ways to build reporting into your programs, whether by making use of established reporting tools such as GRI or CDP; including sustainability performance as part of your overall performance disclosures by using guidelines such as those created by the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC); or making use of ranking tools such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI).

No matter what method you choose, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship can help you get up to speed. How can companies gain executive buy-in for committing to sustainability reporting? While it's undeniable that certain social and environmental concerns can pose real business threats, research shows that investing both time and resources into sustainability and the reporting of progress toward CSR targets can help position companies to meet the demands of future challenges while maximizing returns.

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is here to help you determine which sustainability reporting formats are right for your company and to help you get started.  We are a certified training partner for most standards.  Here is a sample of the resources we offer our members.

Resources on Sustainability Reporting


Value of Sustainability Reporting

This comprehensive survey covers various aspects of an organization’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting, and includes the cost and benefits of reporting as well as making connections to financial performance.


Sustainability Technology Vendor Report 2016

A report that compares responses from sustainability technology vendors to help you select a technology vendor so you can accurately collect detailed environmental data, launch or monitor progress towards environmental initiatives, and report using guidelines and frameworks such as GRI, CDP, and more.


Fundamentals of Sustainability Reporting

Learn about different sustainability reporting frameworks and indices to make a well-informed, strategic decision about which to use.


Sustainability reports getting attention from investors and regulators

This spring, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) opened for comment a review of its Regulation S-K filing—inviting comment on both form and substance of disclosures for companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.


From a Moment to a Movement

Sustainability leaders from the public and private sector discuss how effective reporting will help meet global sustainability targets.


SEC seeks public comment on its release on public company disclosure; includes possibility of mandated sustainability reporting

On April 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a new Concept Release regarding public company disclosures through Regulation S-K. The public comment period will be open until July 21, 2016.


European Union directive on non-financial reporting signed into Irish law

REGULATORY RADAR - The regulation requires large Irish companies to publish non-financial information about their company policies, and it applies to financial years beginning on or after August 1, 2017.


Corporate Citizenship Reporting: Leading Frameworks for Transparency

WEBINAR: More companies than ever are using a framework to report environmental and social dimensions of their business. In this month's webinar, we'll hear from three of the leading organizations to review the benefits of reporting and requirements to align with the GRI, CDP, or IR standards.

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Upcoming Courses in Sustainability Reporting

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards for Reporting: Certified Sustainability Reporting Training | San Francisco

OCT 25-26, 2017 - Gain a comprehensive foundation in the GRI Reporting Standards focused on social, environmental, economic, and governance dimensions of business.

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Integrated Reporting: Connecting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Metrics to Overall Performance | ONLINE

NOV 6-DEC 22, 2017 - Enroll by SEPT 22 and SAVE $200 - As a certified IR Training Foundation Partner, the Center offers you the opportunity to gain a practical understanding of the Integrated Reporting and the International Framework.

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Fundamentals of Sustainability Reporting | ONLINE

NOV 6-DEC 22, 2017 - Enroll by SEPT 22 and SAVE $200 - Learn to make a well-informed, strategic decision about which corporate citizenship reporting frameworks, standards, and rankings are right for your company.

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