Sustainability reporting

Sustainability reporting shows how sustainably a company is operating by disclosing the relevant strategies, behaviours, facts and figures in compliance with the regulatory requirements, and positioning the business with its stakeholders and the public. We help you carefully plan your sustainability reporting and gear it to the expectations of your stakeholders, basically working in line with the ESG (environmental, social and governance) criteria.

International standards and integrated reporting

Around 80% of companies in the SMI Expanded index (representing the country’s 50 largest-cap stocks) now produce a full sustainability report, most in line with the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) standards or as an integrated report. The advantage of established standards for users is that they make it immediately apparent whether a company fulfils specific criteria. Many reports, however, give only a limited picture of how sustainable the organisation’s business model is, how it puts sustainability into practice, and how well it’s harnessing opportunities to become more sustainable.

Pragmatic sustainability reporting

Not every company is able or willing to report on sustainability in accordance with an international standard. Even so, it’s a good idea for any company to report on its sustainability-related activities and objectives. These days even SMEs are expected to provide their stakeholders with a transparent account of their sustainability efforts. Together with specialists, we have built a store of expertise from which particularly cost-efficient and pragmatically managed SMEs can benefit.

Advantages of pragmatic sustainability reporting

The benefits of our alternative approach include low barriers to entry, rapid results and high communication impact. Starting with outside-in thinking and based on the idea of a truly sustainable business, it is primarily designed to identify and name positive solutions. It’s still important to avoid and quantify negative impacts, but this is the main emphasis. In summary, pragmatic sustainability reporting offers medium-sized and large SMEs the following benefits:

  • Enables you to communicate with credibility and impact
  • Positions you as a far-sighted, innovative company that takes its social responsibility seriously
  • Embeds aspects of sustainability in your corporate strategy and product/service portfolio
  • Strengthens staff and customer identification with your organisation
  • Makes you more attractive as an employer
  • Sharpens the image and profile of your brand or brands

We offer the following support on your path to pragmatic sustainability reporting:

  • Assessing the requirements and potential
  • Helping you decide on achievable goals within an agreed cost and timeframe
  • Setting relevant focuses in terms of content (materiality analysis)
  • Drawing up a concept and suggesting concrete, practical ways of implementing it
  • Advising and supporting you with implementation
  • Creating content
  • Design (digital and in print), comprehensive production and presentation appropriate to the relevant channels

Reporting in accordance with international Standards is possible any time, either in parallel with or downstream of our pragmatic sustainability approach (GRI, SASB, TCFD, UNGC, SDGs, Integrated Reporting etc.).

Capturing/analysing data, KPIs

Measurable indicators of sustainability along the environmental, social and economic dimensions are an essential part of sustainability reporting. We work with specialists who enable sustainability to be measured. It starts with defining the relevant KPIs and then retrieving the corresponding data. This constitutes the basis for designing text and visual content for implementation in the form of the appropriate communications media. This can also be done in line with the standards relevant to the industry in question (for example GRI).