Measuring the not-so-easy-to-measure long has been a trick of the sustainability trade. From tallying carbon footprints to wrangling waste in global supply chains, rising demand for corporate transparency from investors, consumers and enterprise customers has translated to an ever-widening array of reporting and surveying related to corporate responsibility.
Now, add to that list newer metrics emerging to emphasize the United Nations’ 17 global development goals that were ratified ahead of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
“The real thing that’s getting a lot of attention is the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Shari Littan, an accountant and attorney with Thomson Reuters’ Tax and Accounting division. “It is a developing area.”