Sustainability Reporting

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.”

– Mark Twain

Sustainability reporting is the finale to sustainability performance. After an organization engages in some activities, it should provide a report which includes both positive and negative aspects of its performance. The report acts as an accountability document to its stakeholders and is one source of information for determining if the organization’s social license to operate should be renewed.

Reporting on financial or economic performance has a long history. However, reporting on environmental and social activities has only been around since the 1970s. This section of the module explains the evolution of reporting and major events that prompted changes in the history of reporting. It also explains some of the benefits to the organization of providing a report to its stakeholders.