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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.


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.


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

Learn to create your first sustainability report in this Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified reporting training course focused on social, environmental, economic, and governance dimensions of business.


Climate change as opportunity: the benefits of looking on the bright side

RESEARCH BRIEF - Firms that focus on the opportunities presented by climate change, rather than the perceived risks are more likely to have superior corporate citizenship performance, which in turn leads to stronger financial performance.


Wondering if your emerging economy suppliers are managing environmental and social risk? Those that have achieved multinational reach may offer the best ESG risk management.

RESEARCH BRIEF - Multinational companies are likely to engage in more comprehensive corporate citizenship reporting when they are headquartered in countries with weak governance systems.

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Upcoming Courses in Sustainability Reporting

CDP Reporting: Measure and Manage Environmental Impact | ONLINE

SEPT 18-NOV 10, 2017 - Enroll by AUG 4 and SAVE $200 - 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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Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards for Reporting: Certified Sustainability Reporting Training | San Francisco

OCT 25-26, 2017 - Enroll by AUG 25 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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Fundamentals of Sustainability Reporting | ONLINE

NOV 6-DEC 22, 2017 - Enroll by SEPT 7 and SAVE $250 - 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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