Elaine Cohen is passionate about sustainability reporting, social justice, and ice cream! Elaine is the co-founder and managing consultant of Beyond Business Ltd., a leading CSR consulting and sustainability reporting firm, serving a long list of international Companies and nonprofit clients.

Prior to work in this field, Elaine gained over 20 years of business experience with Procter & Gamble (8 years in Supply chain executive roles in Europe), with Unilever (8 years as VP for Human Resources with Unilever Israel) and a range of other roles with smaller Companies.

Elaine makes a contribution to the community as a Board Member of a Women’s Empowerment non-profit and offering sustainability services to non-profits. Elaine lectures widely on CSR, is a committed blogger on Sustainability Reporting via her blog, provides Expert Reviews of Sustainability Reports for CorporateRegister, records CSR commentary and insights for 3BL and writes in many printed journals and websites.

Elaine is Manchester (UK) born and has lived in Israel since 1990. She is married with two children.

Articles by Elaine

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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Materiality can make or break the usefulness of a sustainability report: Understanding G4

understanding G4

It sounds simple. Define your material issues and off you go, deliver your Sustainability Report in line with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines.

The complications show up when you try to understand what material actually means. Much has been written over the years about materiality in a sustainability context. The opening quotation, for example, in a recently published report by AccountAbility titled Redefining Materiality II goes like this:

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Novo Nordisk leads again: Has the annual sustainability report become obsolete?

novo-nordiskAs stakeholders, we have been conditioned to expect corporate transparency to come in annual packages – annual reports, sustainability reports, and even a slow trickle of integrated reports that are now starting to gain traction.

There seems to be something magical about that 12-month timeframe which appears to satisfy our thirst for sustainability information. Or does it?

By the time we read sustainability reports, all the news is old, sometimes very old. The data is history and the stories are of a time long gone. If we’re lucky, a sustainability report contains commitments for the future, which remain relevant after publication, but practically everything else has passed its sell-by date. One the one hand, we want sustainability reporting to be a basis for dialogue and engagement. On the other hand, why engage around something that’s history and not here-and-now?

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