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  • Writer's pictureBrian R. Schobel, CPA

Sustainability Reporting: A Must for Modern Businesses

Brian R. Schobel, CPA

Sustainability reporting, the practice of disclosing a company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts, is no longer optional. It's essential for transparency, risk management, and maintaining competitive advantage. Here’s why it matters and how to get started:

Why It Matters

  • Stakeholder Demand: Customers, investors, and regulators expect transparency on how businesses tackle sustainability challenges.

  • Risk Management: Identifying environmental and social risks helps develop strategies to mitigate them.

  • Competitive Edge: Demonstrating commitment to sustainability can distinguish your company in the marketplace.

  • Regulatory Compliance: Many regions now require sustainability metrics reporting, making it vital for legal compliance.

Integrating Sustainability Measures

  • Identify Key Issues: Determine which sustainability topics are most relevant to your business and stakeholders.

  • Set Goals: Define clear, measurable objectives aligned with your company’s strategy.

  • Collect Data: Implement systems for tracking your sustainability performance.

  • Use Frameworks: Adopt standards like GRI or SASB to guide your reporting.

  • Integrate with Financial Reports: Combine sustainability and financial performance for a holistic view.

  • Be Transparent: Communicate both achievements and areas for improvement openly.

Getting Started

Begin by assessing the sustainability topics that matter most to your stakeholders and your business operations. Set specific goals and track your progress. Remember, effective sustainability reporting is about more than compliance; it’s about showcasing your commitment to a sustainable future. Check us out:


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