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Sustainability Reporting

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Sustainability reporting is the disclosure and communication of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals—as well as a company’s progress towards them. The benefits of sustainability reporting include improved corporate reputation, building consumer confidence, increased innovation, and even improvement of risk management. There are many ways to build sustainability reporting into your corporate social responsibility programs, whether by making use of established sustainability 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. Below is a sample of the resources we offer our members.

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Resources on Sustainability Reporting

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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.

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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.

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Fundamentals of Sustainability Reporting

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

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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.

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From a Moment to a Movement

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

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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.

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Clear and comprehensive corporate citizenship reports signal strong corporate citizenship performance

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms with stronger corporate citizenship performance produce longer and more readable sustainability reports.

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Belgium passes law on nonfinancial reporting requirements

REGULATORY RADAR - In compliance with EU Directive 2014/95, the Belgian government has decreed that large Belgian companies must draw up a non-financial statement aimed at providing the market with information on certain social, employment, and environmental matters deemed relevant in light of the company's operations.

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Upcoming Courses in Sustainability Reporting

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards for Reporting: Certified Sustainability Reporting Training | New Orleans, LA

JAN 17-18, 2018 - Enroll by DEC 1 and save $200 - Gain a comprehensive foundation in the GRI Reporting Standards focused on social, environmental, economic, and governance dimensions of business.

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

FEB 5-MAR 30, 2018 - Enroll by DEC 7 and SAVE $250 - Gain a comprehensive foundation in the GRI Reporting Standards focused on social, environmental, economic, and governance dimensions of business.

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CDP Reporting: Measure and Manage Environmental Impact | Los Angeles, CA

FEB 7-8, 2018 - Enroll by DEC 8 and SAVE $250 - This course enhances your reporting capability, highlights alignment with other frameworks such as the Global Reporting Index (GRI) and familiarizes participants with the background, methodology, and questionnaire.

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