Following the Johannesburg Summit call on the corporate sector for increased accountability, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is launching a web-based reporting portal to bolster companies efforts to report on their sustainable development activities.
The reporting portal, accessible via www.wbcsd.org, provides visitors with an understanding of the issues companies are currently tackling in their sustainable development reports and the kind of information they are presenting.
The reporting portal:
showcases REPORTING PRACTICES from 43 companies, representing 14 business sectors. It is meant to be a living resource, expanded as new reports are published
provides a STEP BY STEP GUIDE to help companies to develop or improve their sustainable development reports. Companies can also use this guide as a checklist against their own practices.
Given that reporting practices in sustainable development are continuously evolving, the portal should be considered as a dynamic list of practices. It is not an attempt to standardize sustainable development reporting, but a tool that companies can use to generate ideas and make informed decisions on what information to include in their own sustainable development reports.