Gold Standard Sustainability: Reporting A Step by Step Guide to Producing Sustainability Reports, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gold Standard Sustainability

Reporting A Step by Step Guide to Producing Sustainability Reports, 2nd Edition

By Kye Gbangbola, Nicole Lawler


120 pages

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Hardback: 9780367345884
pub: 2020-03-01
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This highly practical and concise book shows you how to undertake a reporting process and produce a sustainability report in line with the new standards and frameworks presented by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Fully updated to ensure compliance with the new standards, this second edition shows how to actually produce a sustainability report as well as the key processes in the planning: how to produce a business case; the development of actions plans; process and team leadership; and generating cross-functional buy in. Templates are provided for certain steps in order to simplify the tasks involved at each point in the process. Anyone involved in delivering or developing a process to embed sustainability reporting for an organization will find this book invaluable, for example Chief Sustainability Officers, Chief Financial Officers and Company Secretaries. It will also be of interest to students in the field of sustainability.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Sustainability Reporting

1 Sustainability Context

The Journey

The world as it is and the world as it needs to be – our obligation

Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainability Leader and Coordinator

Prepare the business case – Board Approval

2 Prepare

Assembling the team

Understanding the Guidelines and choosing an Option of ’In Accordance’

Development Plan

Kick Off Meeting

Engage Internal Stakeholders (GRI Topic Table)

3 Connect (wide range of stakeholders)

Identify Stakeholders

Prioritise Stakeholders

Engage Stakeholders - Topic Table - Record Topics identify Why & Who

Build Stakeholder Relationships

4 Define

Determine Material Topics

Produce Materiality Matrix and determine 'Thresholds'

Validate Material Topics

5 Monitor

Decision makers approve Topics and Topics to be monitored

Monitor Material Topics and set policies and procedures to measure as necessary

The Usual Suspects – An Idea of Material Topics and Challenges in Different Sectors.

Set SMART Goals and Targets

6 Report (with Content page template)

Develop Narrative for the most senior persons statement

Company Accreditation


Draft Sustainability/Integrated Report

Content Index


GRI Report Checking Services

Finalise Report and send for publication

Launch Report


7 Software

8 Assurance

9 Additional Insights for Reporters and Non reporters

10 Q&A for Reporters and Non reporters

11 Sustainability Report Evaluation

GRI certified training sustainability report evaluation

Appendix 2: The Usual Suspects – An Idea of Material Topics and Challenges in Different Sectors

Appendix 3: GRI Requirements and Disclosures




About the Authors

Kye Gbangbola is the founder at Total Eco Management (TEM), a sustainability consultancy providing a variety of sustainability strategy, management and reporting tools and services.

Nicole Lawler is the Global Director of Sustainability at Total Eco Management (TEM).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics