Corporate Citizenship Perspectives

The Role of Reporting in Achieving a Sustainable Economy

Posted by Colleen Olphert, Director, Membership and Member Services on Jun 9, 2016 9:08:16 AM

The following is excerpted from Issue 16 of The Corporate Citizen. To learn more about how sustainability reporting can help inform and advance your efforts, joining us for our GRI and CDP courses. As a certified training partner for both GRI and CDP, we’ll help you understand and utilize two of the leading sustainability frameworks to drive both social and environmental progress—and business results.

In 2015, world leaders came together to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate, and the UN unveiled 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—complete with 169 targets—that aim to eradicate poverty and hunger, foster safe and inclusive societies, and halt global warming by 2030. Here, a group of top business and sustainability leaders discuss business practices that will assure progress toward these gamechanging sustainability targets.BCCCC_UPS_panel.jpg

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Topics: Transparency, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Reporting, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Framework, Standards

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

Future trends in sustainability reporting

Posted by Katherine V. Smith, Executive Director on Nov 4, 2015 2:49:45 PM

Today, investors use social and environmental performance KPIs as a proxy for assessing the quality of management and—increasingly—to measure risk. Now, the conversation is no longer about whether a company should report, but rather what they should consider when they do. How can companies gain the greatest possible value from their reporting efforts? Where should companies set performance goals? How and what should they measure? What frameworks should they use? How will report readers use the information?

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Topics: Sustainability Reporting, Value of Corporate Citizenship, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Framework, Trends, Key Performance Indicator (KPI)

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

Risky business: The cost of NOT managing environmental impacts

Posted by Stewart Rassier, Director of Executive Education on Dec 18, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Blog-Water-262080-editedThe natural resources we so often take for granted are in fact critically important to the very existence of our ecosystems and our economy.

Take, for example, a family-owned barge company which has ferried goods up and down the Mississippi River for the last 60 years. Water and weather weigh heavily on whether the company opens its doors every day, so the increased frequency of major water events like flooding or droughts must become part of their risk mitigation strategy.

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Topics: Measurement, Transparency, Sustainability Reporting, CDP, Accountability

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

Integrating sustainability across business units through Eastman Chemical’s Green Leader® Training Program

Posted by TSimpson on Dec 18, 2013 4:30:32 AM

EToday, most business leaders recognize the importance and value of adopting a formal sustainability platform. According to the Value of sustainability reporting, in addition to the cost savings, effective sustainability practices improve operational efficiencies and natural resource stewardship. However, one of the main challenges is ensuring employees and team leaders incorporate sustainability in their day-to-day decisions in the workplace.

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Topics: Engaging Employees, Sustainability Reporting, Leadership, Integration, Best Practices, Signature Programs

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