- Credible and traceable communication of the organizations’ sustainable performance
- people motivation
- boosting the image in the public
- improving the sustainability process in the organization
Motivation and benefits
Organizations are increasingly interested not only to inform on their economic success, which is mostly presented in the business report, but also on soft facts.
- Soft facts reported in an Environmental Report provide information on the organization’s environmental performance, which can be published with or without economic data.
- Soft facts reported in a Sustainability Report provide information on the organization’s social behaviour in its closer work environment, such as the relationship with its suppliers, customers and employees or the way it deals with human rights or minorities. This information will be combined with presentation of the organization’s environmental performance and economic performance
Many ecological and social achievements of an organization are often a matter of course for top management while they are not known to the large public.
Environmental and Sustainability Reports give you the opportunity of credibly and convincingly presenting these achievements just as well.
Basically any organization company, administrative body or NGO – can write a Sustainability Report and have it validated, independently from the company size, sector, etc. For example, there are Sustainability Reports of companies with only four employees.
The existence of a management system acc. to ISO 9001 and/or ISO 14001 or acc. to the EMAS Regulation is advantageous.
Environmental Statements acc. to the EMAS Regulation, business reports or knowledge balances can be integrated in the Sustainability Report.
There are no compulsory normative requirements placed on the contents of the reports. Therefore, the preliminary talk is used to define contents and the structure together with the organization. These contents will be reviewed for correctness, completeness, integrity and understandability in the final Evaluation Audit.
The basis is formed by the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, which have been created by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). These guidelines for writing Sustainability Reports are most frequently used and globally recognized. Important criteria are relevance, completeness and integrity, truth and understandability of the contents of the report, data and indicators.
Steps towards validation
The range of services provided by Quality Austria includes:
- carrying out a preliminary talk
- drawing up a checklist
- conducting an audit
- writing a test report – optional
- issuing a Test Certificate, which will be printed in the report.
Other Relevant Standards
ISO 9001, EMAS, ISO 14001, SA 8000, ISO 45001 : 2018