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 organisation 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
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainability Leader and Coordinator
Prepare the business case – Board Approval
Assembling the team
Understanding the GRI Standards and choosing the ’In Accordance’ Option
Kick Off Meeting
Engage Internal Stakeholders (GRI Topic Table)
3 Connect (wide range of stakeholders)
Build Stakeholder Relationships
Determine Material Topics
Produce Materiality Matrix and determine 'Thresholds'
Validate Material Topics
Monitor Topics and set policies and procedures to measure as necessary
Set SMART Goals and Targets
6 Report (with Content page template)
Develop Narrative for the most senior person's statement
Draft Sustainability/Integrated Report
GRI Report Checking Services
Finalise Report and send for publication
9 Additional Insights for Reporters and Non reporters
10 Q&A for Reporters and Non reporters
11 Sustainability Report Evaluation
Kye Gbangbola is the founder of Total Eco Management (TEM), a sustainability consultancy providing a variety of sustainability strategy, management and reporting tools and services.
Nicole Lawler is Global Director of Sustainability at Total Eco Management (TEM).