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Pressure Mounting on Companies to Get Sustainability Reporting Right

Karen Kroll | March 11, 2014

As sustainability reporting steadily moves into the mainstream, companies are faced with dual challenges: determining just what sustainability data will be informative for the audience they want to reach, and developing efficient processes to gather that data.

“It's very easy to say companies should report more about sustainability and how it relates to their business performance. But actually getting the right metrics and reporting on them is a challenge,” says Don Reed, managing director with PwC's sustainable business solutions group.

The task will only get harder, as sustainability reporting mandates proliferate across the globe. “Carrots and Sticks,” a research project of the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations, and others, recently reviewed sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting across 45 countries. The...

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