Sustainability reporting

Sustainability reporting

“Ask not what you can do for your data, ask what your data can do for you.”

Many companies aim to make their production and supply chains more sustainable and report about this in their annual sustainability report. The success depends crucially on knowledge of the sustainability performance of the production and supply chain. Therefore it is important to collect and manage data and to evaluate the sustainability of your products, policies and innovations. These data also form the basis for your sustainability reporting, for example according to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines, or the scores in external and international benchmarks such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
We support companies both in general sustainability reporting, as well as in the analysis of specific sustainability related programmes that find their way into sustainability reports.

Progress in sustainability reporting

Over the years many companies are reporting or planning to report on their sustainability performance. They do this for various reasons, such as requests by customers or investors, to give shape to Corporate Social Responsibility or to realise costs savings. This means there exists many phases in sustainability reporting. Varying from a defining a basic ambition towards full integration in daily business. See image on the left for an overview of the progress in sustainability reporting. All these steps have in common that it requires expert insight in environmental data and topics.

An efficient approach: reduce your workload and costs

Collecting, structuring and analysing reliable data can be difficult and a time consuming process. There are many challenges involved, as a proper process involves knowledge of the related environmental issues and on accurate data management. Often many old data systems or disorganized Excel files have to be redesigned for a more efficient workflow.

We have developed a customized and efficient approach to assist you in this process. We prepare the data for sustainability reports and external benchmarks and help improve existing data management. Our specialisation is the complex part of environmental reporting, for example determination of relevant indirect greenhouse gases (scope 3 emissions).

By implementing more efficient workflows and automating tedious tasks, we have managed to reduce the workload need for structuring and validating of sustainability data. For instance, we reduced the capacity needed for validating and structuring environmental data by roughly two-thirds, resulting in significant cost reductions.

An example of specific programme analysis


An example of this is Heineken International’s Green Cooling programme. Within this project we developed a methodology for monitoring the energy efficiency gains of commercial fridges procured by Heineken International during a multi-year green fridge programme. For this, complex data analyses were performed to calculate overall energy savings, which served as input for clear communications in the sustainability report.

More information about sustainability reporting?

Please contact Hans Blonk, CEO
E-mail hans@blonkconsultants.nl
Tel +31 (0)182 579970