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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. Sustainability reporting requirements in the United States are still in the process of being developed, meaning reports aren't required... yet. But the EU's Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) is already here and will affect many companies based outside of Europe, as well. How should companies prepare?
There are many ways to build sustainability reporting into your corporate social responsibility programs, whether by making use of established sustainability reporting frameworks such as GRI or CDP, including sustainability performance as part of your overall performance disclosures, by using guidelines such as those created by the Value Reporting Foundation (VRF), 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. 

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The CSRD: New Sustainability Reporting Rules You Need to Know Have you heard about the EU's new sustainability reporting rule? Thousands of companies OUTSIDE of Europe will still need to comply. Learn more about what CSRD is, what it requires, who it affects, and when...

Learn the Fundamentals This online, self-paced course is ideal for anyone who is new to the field. You can also take this course in person. Learn more about what's covered and where you can start.

Dive into GRI Standards The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the most commonly used reporting framework, and is used not only to report progress on ESG investments, but also to improve internal management and governance practices around sustainability. Take this course to learn...

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Sustainability Reporting Tools & Resources

Fundamentals of Sustainability Reporting COURSE - Whether you are just getting started with ESG reporting or looking to incorporate new metrics, goals, or frameworks into your existing practice, learn about the different sustainability reporting frameworks and indices. Help your company make well-informed, strategic decisions about reporting.

Sustainability Reporting Best Practices MEETUP - Borrow our meeting notes from this BCCCC member conversation (May 2021), including answers to questions like, how do I incorporate climate change metrics? Have I set goals that are ambitious but attainable? Am I working with the right vendors to verify outcomes?

The Evolution of Sustainability Reporting ARTICLE - To help navigate this complex and changing landscape, BCCCC convened three experts to help readers understand the relative merits and shortcomings of each standard, and where they see the field headed in the near and longer term.

TCFD: A Beginner's Guide TCFD aims not to create a new disclosure scheme, but to identify gaps in existing disclosure schemes and work with leaders in the financial sector to forge a shared understanding about the kinds of risk a changing climate might pose for business.

UK Published New Guidelines REGULATORY RADAR - Following the global COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of 2021, the U.K. has now become the first G20 country to legalize climate-related financial disclosures.

Understanding Your ESG Disclosure Benchmark RESEARCH BRIEF - Firm-specific characteristics—such as stock exchange cross-listing—have greatest influence on number of ESG disclosures.

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