Sustainability within large organisations globally is a big deal and not just a fad. Research shows that sustainability has real business benefits when integrated into business operations. Six major advantages are
- Improved brand image and competitive advantage.
- Increase productivity and reduce costs.
- Increase business ability to comply with regulation.
- Attract employees and investors.
- Reduce waste.
- Make shareholders happy
To help businesses show their commitment to Sustainability there is a Global Reporting Initiative Standard which outlines different levels of requirements which can then be assessed against.
Typical areas covered by Sustainability Reporting are:
- Human Rights
Cheryl Middleton has extensive experience working with a large global mining company for 5 years which involved collection of data globally to assist in producing the Annual Sustainability Report. Each report obtained the highest rating of A+ by Ernst & Young against the Global Reporting Initiative Standard GRI G3.