Creating value from corporate responsibility: Does your reported data get the respect it deserves?

February 2011
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Creating value from corporate responsibility: Does your reported data get the respect it deserves?

At a glance

Why are more companies promoting their corporate responsibility efforts? In the interest of transparency and the fact that investors are increasingly interested in non-financial information, businesses are looking to increase long-term shareholder and social value while mitigating the negative environmental and social impacts of company activities.

Companies are disclosing unprecedented amounts of information about their corporate responsibility commitments and goals. But because they are newer disciplines, corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting efforts often don’t have in place the time-tested and rigorous processes that are ubiquitous in other areas of the business. This paper gives examples of what to look for and why companies should make sure they are reporting data that is investment grade.