The number of companies reporting on the social and environmental impacts of their business is growing dramatically, and along with it the variety of those reports and their content. To help readers weigh the value of the information in those reports and compare their quality, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenships Institute for Responsible Investment has released, How to Read a Corporate Social Responsibility Report: A Users Guide.
This report from the IRI is intended to help those approaching corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting for the first time, as well as those looking to deepen their understanding of what makes for a thorough CSR report. CSR reports are increasingly used by corporations to communicate with investors, employees, consumers and the general public on their social and environmental initiatives. CSR reports can be confusing to readers, in part because of their length and the volume and variety of information included, and in part because it is often difficult to distinguish the information they contain that is valuable from what is not.
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