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New report shows that sustainability reporting is moving in the right direction, but needs to move faster

Geneva, Switzerland 24 May 2018: Today, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) released new data from the Reporting Exchange analyzing differences in environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting between sectors, market maturity levels and national contexts.

The report underscores that while sustainability reporting is moving in the right direction, the pace of change needs to accelerate to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future.

The main take-aways include

  • Approaches to corporate reporting and sustainability in Costa Rica, South Africa and China show the importance of the national context in shaping sustainability reporting as it increasingly becomes the new normal.
  • A comparison of the reporting environments of developed and maturing economies shows that while economic contexts can define sustainability reporting, bringing sustainability information into mainstream reporting is important for all countries working towards a sustainable finance system.
  • An analysis of the requirements in the top 10 countries with the largest percentages of total GDP from the agriculture and natural resources sectors shows that tailoring reporting requirements to specific sectors can provide effective results. Further work is required to ensure the effectiveness of well-adapted regulation.
  • Reporting practices of EU Member States show how political and economic consistency has been crucial in bringing alignment to corporate sustainability reporting in the 28 EU countries.

This report is part of series that explores the trends in corporate sustainability reporting that emerge from the research behind the Reporting Exchange, showcasing how the Reporting Exchange can be used as an important tool for bringing clarity to the reporting space.