Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

Corporate citizenship reporting advances ESG issues and your business

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on May 18, 2016 8:59:01 AM

Today’s corporate citizenship reports are more engaging and relevant, and are communicating the positive environmental, social, governance, and business value that companies are creating. A corporate citizenship report was once a nice to have; now approximately 93 percent of the Global 250 issue them.

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Topics: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Value of Corporate Citizenship, CDP, Performance

GRI’s Reporting 2025: A look ahead with Katherine V. Smith

Posted by Patricia MacKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications on Aug 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Once the province of a few unusually green or community-oriented companies, sustainability reporting is now a best practice employed by companies worldwide. A full 95 percent of the Global 250 issue sustainability reports, and by doing so gain a competitive edge in every aspect of the triple bottom line.

According to the Value of Sustainability Reporting study—a joint survey conducted by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and EY—sustainability reporting offers a number of benefits. The majority of respondents believe that reporting improves reputation; while nearly 40 percent find it to increase employee loyalty.

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Topics: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Strategy

Trends in GRI reporting: value, digital, and ethics

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Jul 22, 2015 9:18:00 AM

GRI-ReportingFirst, the good news: Today’s corporate citizenship reports are more engaging, relevant, and are communicating the positive environmental, social, governance, and business value that companies are creating. A corporate citizenship report was once a nice to have; now approximately 93 percent of the Global 250 issue them.

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Topics: Executive Education, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Trends, Digital Media

The Buzz about Materiality: Defining what's important

Posted by Lynnette McIntire on Feb 4, 2014 12:35:48 PM

On April 16 in Denver, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship will launch a new course titled "Materiality: What Matters to Corporate Citizenship Strategy and Reporting." The author of this article, Lynnette McIntire, will be the instructor. To register, click here.

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Topics: Materiality, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Benchmarking

Are you ready for G4? This Bridging Module will update your G3 training

Posted by Megan McLaughlin on Aug 28, 2013 6:00:43 AM

Sustainability reporting is here to stay. A full 95% of the Global 250 issue sustainability reports.

These are among the findings of the Value of Sustainability Reporting study from the Center for Corporate Citizenship and Ernst & Young LLP. Sustainability reporting provides results that:

  • Increase the reputation of the company
  • Increase employee loyalty and public company reputation
  • Aid in refining corporate vision and strategy
  • Provide transparency
  • Stimulate dialogue with stakeholders

Based on these stated benefits, sustainability reporting has quickly become a best practice standard performed by many major companies worldwide. The Global Reporting Initiative, the world’s most widely accepted framework, announced the fourth generation (G4) guidelines of on May 24, 2013.

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Topics: Transparency, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Reputation

An initial view of the GRI G4 Framework and what it means to you

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on May 30, 2013 10:12:04 AM

The sustainability community gathered in Amsterdam last week for the GRI global conference and the rollout of the G4 version of the reporting framework. Notable sustainability thinkers from around the world convened. Among those represented, members of ISO, IIRC, CDP, OECD, and many other international NGOs and policy organizations came together to debate the future of sustainable business and to discuss the implications of the latest evolution of reporting. While the debates made clear that we have a lot more work to do to get international agreement on how to

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Topics: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Framework

Sustainability reporting on the rise in U.S. but external assurance lags

Posted by Tim Wilson on Apr 9, 2013 12:58:45 PM

A report released recently by the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Focal Point USA, “Trends in External Assurance of Sustainability Reports: Spotlight on the USA”, found that while sustainability reporting in the United States continues to grow, corporate reporters in the U.S. are less likely to obtain third party assurance as their global peers. In the United States, 10 percent (26 out of 269 reporters) of GRI framework sustainability reports obtained external assurance in 2011. The international percentage is much higher at 38 percent.

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Topics: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting

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