Sustainability Reporting: A Love-Hate Story

This blog was originally published by BSR, a global nonprofit business network and consultancy dedicated to sustainability. It is republished here with permission.

Dunstan Allison-Hope is Managing Director, Advisory Services at BSR and is a regular commentator on issues of corporate accountability, reporting and human rights. He participated in the process to create the Global Reporting Initiative G3 guidelines and is also co-author of the 2010 book Big Business, Big Responsibilities.

I hate sustainability reporting. It is so draining to spend six months of the year buried in the process, only to have very few people take the time to read the finished report.

I love sustainability reporting. If it weren’t for reporting, we’d have no way of knowing how much progress companies are making on sustainability issues and what they are learning along the way.

I hold both these views at the same time, and I think … Read more...