Sustainability Reporting

The State of Sustainability Reporting & Transparency in Canada       

[Join me at TSSS on Feb 5th as we delve into the disconnect between CSR Reporting and Bay/Wall St. – why does it exist and what can we do about it. Click here for details: Bay/Wall Street and Sustainability: Does your CSR Report Resonate with Investors?]

sustainability_reportSustainability reporting in Canada today presents a dilemma. On the one hand, a 2014 study of Canadian reporters by Stakeholder Research Associates Canada (SRA) suggests that a mere 42% of Canadian companies listed on the TSX Composite disclose meaningfully ESG information. SRA’s research also found that among 100 reporting companies across various sectors and geographic regions in Canada, only 20% communicated a long-term strategy informed by targets and goals and only 38% identified their material issues.

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Storytelling Plays a Vital Role in Communicating Sustainable Value To Investors

[This is a great article by Carolyn McMaster of Thinkshift Communications. The issue of communicating sustainable value to investors is a very complex nut to crack BUT with the proper communication strategy it can be accomplished. Join me at the upcoming TSSS event on Feb 5 (Bay/Wall St. and Sustainability) to explore this complex issue, Philip Haid of PUBLIC Inc.]

Communication

Increasingly investors see sustainability as an opportunity and a business advantage, but most also say companies don’t successfully communicate how “sustainability initiatives are linked to their strategy, financial performance and value in meaningful ways.”

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5 (less obvious) ways to make sustainability reporting more sustainable

Make-a-bigger-impactIf you’re wondering how a successful sustainability report can better resonate with investors then please check out the next TSSS event on Feb 5.  at 5pm EST Live & Livestream. Bay/Wall Street and Sustainability: Does your CSR Report Resonate with Investors?)

Is sustainability reporting sustainable? There are some that think it is. The practice is now more widespread than ever before and and legislation in different parts of the world is supporting increased non-financial disclosure. This would indicate that reporting is here to stay. On the other hand, there are some that think it isn’t. There are those who subordinate sustainability reporting to the new financial reporting trend called Integrated Reporting, while others advocate online interactive disclosures instead of reports.

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An amazing summary of The TOP TEN Sustainability Reports of 2014

[Thank-you Elaine Cohen for an incredibly comprehensive year end look at the worlds most dynamic and impactful sustainability reports!]

Another year-end, another excruciating task picking out my Top Ten Sustainability Reports for 2014. It’s excruciating because narrowing my selection down to ten is probably the hardest thing I do on the CSR Reporting Blog each year. I am always tempted to go to 15, or 20, or 25… but why change a winning formula? Nevertheless, this year was particularly tough. There really are some great reports out there.

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(VIDEO) 4 Tips on Better Sustainability Reporting by Dr. Sustainability

dr sEnjoy this short (3 minute) video all about sustainability reporting by Dr. Sustainability.

Dr. Sustainability, is a regular guest expert on my CSR Reporting Blog. In the video below she shares some reporting tips to help a reporting geek (me) and Beyond Business (my company) spread our message about creating great Sustainability Reports.

The 4 tips: 1) Don’t be boring 2) Keep it short 3) Credibility is vital 4) Find a geek.

The video was created by Alexandre (Alex) Magnin and narrated by Juno Rinaldi. You can see more of his work and a range of fun-educational sustainability videos on the Sustainability Illustrated site.
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