It will soon be mandatory for all large companies to communicate in a transparent manner about their ESG performance (environmental, social, and governance) by way of a sustainability report, also called a CSR report or non-financial report. Besides this new obligation, your company could benefit greatly from publishing a sustainability report. We can support you in this process from A to Z.
We have all the in-house knowledge to help you move along with your sustainability reporting and integrated reporting, whereby the non-financial reporting is integrated in the financial annual report. We closely monitor legislation, policy developments, and trends related to reporting, and continually educate ourselves. We advise you in selecting a suitable reporting standard, determining the ambition level, and the choice for the most appropriate format. We are also your best port of call for the complete elaboration of your sustainability report in terms of content and appearance.
At the start, we paint a picture of your needs: do you already have a sustainability strategy? Have you created a report before? Do you prefer a separate sustainability report or an integrated report? Which frameworks or standards are relevant to you: GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board), IR (Integrated Reporting Framework)? We review strategic background documentation and carry out desk research.
Together with management or the board, we draw up a list of priority topics: domains on which your company has a relevant impact. This list is presented to your external stakeholders: a survey that results in a materiality matrix. We use this matrix to determine your material topics: the themes in which you have the most impact, and those that are important to your stakeholders. These themes form the content guideline for the report.
After the analysis, we design the concept for your report. The concept comprises:
To achieve maximum impact, our concepts combine several functions:
We use interviews with key players vto gather all the relevant information and context of your sustainable initiatives and achievements. We also gather the data needed to report on your KPIs. We collect everything in fact sheets oon the various impact domains and engagements, laying the basis for your report.
We write the text for the sustainability report with the help of the research, interviews, and data gathering. We are looking for a good balance between the strategic components, the explanation of the KPIs, and the storytelling with cases and inspiring examples.
We design clear graphs and infographics and give the full report an appealing look. If required, we can also develop an online dashboard that forms the heart of your digital reporting.
We design a communication plan for an impactful launch of your sustainability report. We are also happy to help further develop the communication assets we propose: social media visuals and posts, blog articles, webinars, internal campaigns, press communication, etc.