Everything you want to know about a CSR / sustainability report

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In this blog we help you on your way to make your first CSR or sustainability report.

Why would you make a sustainability report?

Did you know that large companies in the EU are even legally obliged to publish data on their sustainability performance? There are also enough internal and external reasons for other organizations to start reporting on CSR.

External:

  • Customers and partners increasingly expect transparency about sustainability objectives and performance;
  • Civil society organizations and future staff also want to know what is going on and what you stand for as an organization;
  • With a report you can tell where you stand, where you want to go and what you need for that. Nice starting point for dialogue with your environment.

Internal:

  • With an annual report you show all employees what has been achieved, and also where challenges still lie;
  • By involving people in drawing up the report, you also involve them more in the CSR strategy and its implementation;
  • External communication about objectives, successes and challenges increases commitment in the organization.

How long does it take to prepare a CSR / sustainability report?

You will certainly be working on a few months to prepare a CSR or sustainability report. This is not something you do in a few weeks. It also takes more time the first time. In addition, there are other factors that influence this. Consider the complexity, size and maturity of your organization. Where smaller organizations have a lead time of around three months, larger or complex organizations usually take longer. In general, most companies manage to complete the report between three and six months.

How to start?

Are you convinced to make a first CSR report for your company? Here are a few tips to make things a little easier for you:

  1. Divide the process in steps and make a good planning
  2. Think carefully about who exactly you need in which phase (for approval, data, photos and other content);
  3. Make a structure for the report in advance;
  4. And see reporting as a journey or a cycle. It goes and it gets better every year!

Want to know more?

Follow our Reporting training or contact our reporting specialist Marjolein via +31 (6) 12965895 or marjolein@theterrace.nl to provide your reporting journey or other sustainable project with positive energy and structure!