Why CSR Reporting Informs ESG Reporting

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Cori Hammoor
Director of Marketing
August 17, 2023

As a CSR leader, you know that corporate social responsibility (CSR) is important for your company's long-term success. CSR initiatives can help you attract and retain top talent, build a positive reputation with customers and investors, and reduce your company's environmental impact.

But did you know that CSR reporting can also help your company with ESG reporting? ESG reporting is becoming increasingly important to investors, customers, and top talent, who are looking for companies that are committed to sustainability.

How CSR reporting can help ESG reporting

Here are a few ways:

  • Social impact reporting can help you identify your ESG risks and opportunities. When you're doing CSR reporting, you're constantly assessing your company's impact on the environment, society, and governance. This information can be invaluable for identifying potential ESG risks and opportunities. For example, if your CSR report shows that you have a high turnover rate among employees, you know that you need to improve your workplace culture.
  • CSR reporting can help you measure your ESG performance. Once you've identified your ESG risks and opportunities, you need to measure your company's performance against them. This is where social impact reporting can be really helpful. CSR reports typically include quantitative data on a company's environmental, social, and governance performance. This data can be used to track progress over time and identify areas where your company needs to improve.
  • Social impact reporting can help you communicate your ESG performance to stakeholders. ESG reporting is all about communicating your company's sustainability performance to investors, customers, and employees. CSR reporting can help you do this by providing a clear and concise overview of your company's ESG performance. This information can help stakeholders make informed decisions about their investment, purchase, or employment decisions.

CSR reporting is like the foundation of a house. It's the essential framework that supports the rest of the house. ESG reporting is like the roof of the house. It's what protects the house from the elements. Without a strong foundation, the roof will eventually collapse. But without a roof, the house will be exposed to the elements and eventually fall apart.

In the same way, CSR reporting is essential for ESG reporting. Without social impact reporting, ESG reporting will be inaccurate and incomplete. But without ESG reporting, your company will be exposed to the risks of climate change, social unrest, and other ESG challenges.

CSR reporting with ESG reporting is the best way to ensure that your company is sustainable in the long term.

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