How does one go about creating a corporate social responsibility report? How do you aggregate all that data? What 3rd party tools are out there to help you? How should you communicate it?
Let 3rd parties help you: Nothing will help build integrity, credibility and transparency to a company’s CSR efforts like 3rd party reporting or certifications. Many industries have unique reporting tools designed for a specific industry. Here are some tools that work across industries.
Global Reporting Initiative
Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Carbon Disclosure Project
Read before you write: Before you write a CSR report, you should probably check the CSR reports of your competitors and of companies across different industries. Here is a link to the CSR reports of a few local Bay Area companies for your reference.
Empathize with your readers: Before you write a CSR report you should also know how people will read your report and what things they might want to find. Here is a helpful tool from Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship that will help guide the creation of a CSR report. How to read a corporate social responsibility report – a user’s guide
How to read a corporate social responsibility report – a user’s guide
Use software to help you collect data: Collecting data is a huge part of understanding a baseline of your sustainability efforts. This way you know what work has been accomplished and what needs to be done in the future. Here are some tools that can help you consolidate your data, engage stakeholders and report it in a meaningful way.
Collect CSR data across your initiatives and Engage your employees to help you with your sustainability goals
Here is another tool that does the same thing
Get your story out to the masses: It is important to know where people read about CSR reports and how you can get your initiatives in front of the appropriate people Here are a couple of online publications that can help you reach your stakeholders.
Conclusion: Creating a CSR report is an initiative that requires the perspectives of multiple stakeholders and the right tools to consolidate data in a meaningful way. Compiling all this data and telling the story of a company that is dedicated to investing the welfare of communities and the environment can be a difficult road to navigate. The good thing is, others have paved the way for us and there are tools out there to help us. If you are engaging in CSR and know of tools that help you along your journey please feel free to share or comment below.