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Be part of the growing CSR reporting trend!

Background story: The majority of our blog posts deals with CSR topics; we write about the latest developments in this field and try to relate it to a company’s daily business. Our background stories have a different perspective: Here, we explain trends, scientific background and societal implications of corporate sustainability – sometimes with a personal touch.


You already have heard this acronym at work, and even came across a CSR report, and you will hear even more. Indeed, CSR reporting is growing.

CSR reporting is a communication tool on dedicated topics.

You may wonder: what is CSR reporting? There are different scientific and accepted definitions. Our definition is: any documentation related to the company’s management and performance regarding social and environmental topics that is disclosed publicly, and which aims at informing the stakeholders of how the companies manage the impacts towards them.

A stakeholder is said to be any party affected by the organization’s operations: shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees, local communities, civil society, industry, government… CSR reporting is then a tool to communicate the organization’s efforts to the impacted stakeholders.

We identified some of the main CSR reporting schemes

To bring more value to your reporting, you can use reporting standards and schemes. Although there are many CSR schemes, standards, ratings, we chose to focus on the ones which are leading in terms of influence and companies participating and which are not-for-profit organizations. The following list is then not exhaustive.

Regarding environmental reporting, you can choose to answer the CDP questionnaire, on water, climate change, or forest management. CDP[1] (Carbon Disclosure Project) is an NGOs collecting environmental data to ensure transparency to decision-makers like investors or clients.

To structure your CSR report, you can opt for two options: use the framework suggested by the United Global Compact, or use the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Guidelines.

When you adhere to the UNGC 10 principles[2], you have then to report your progress on a Communication On Progress. This can be a good idea for beginners, as this communication offers a structure which is not too much stringent.

Read our article for a full overview: https://blog.dfge.de/2015/01/29/un-global-compact-dfge-publishes-2015-cop-report/

For more experienced reporters we will suggest to use GRI Guidelines[3], where companies can identify the topics which are the most relevant for them and their stakeholders, and then report specific indicators accordingly (see our blog article for more information: https://blog.dfge.de/2015/11/25/understand-gri-in-2-minutes/).

CSR reporting has grown steadily over the past fifteen years

Over the past decade, CSR reporting has become mainstream. The figures show that the use of internationally recognized standards and schemes is steadily growing. This can be explained by the fact that these initiatives are multi-stakeholder, hence they are more objective than a stand-alone reporting. They also provide guidance and structure which can help the company identify gaps to improve on some areas.

GRI trends

(data extracted from the search function of GRI database, http://database.globalreporting.org/search)

UNGC trends

(data extracted from UNGC infographic Communication on progress, 2015 key facts,https://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/communication_on_progress/cop-key-facts-2015.pdf)

CDP, in its 2015 activity report, indicates that they analyzed 1799 responses in 2010 against 1997 in 2015, showing also a growing participation. The number of signatories has also been increasing.CDP trends

(data extracted from CDP Global Climate Change Report 2015, https://www.cdp.net/CDPResults/CDP-global-climate-change-report-2015.pdf )

It means that companies have an advantage to report through these schemes: they are of interest for investors, clients, and other stakeholders.

What are the next trends in CSR reporting?

We believe that reporting will increasingly focus on sectorial-specific issues. Indeed, now that the general framework is somehow set and recognized by organizations, some more specific information can be added.

For instance, the Telecommunications sector is faced with the problematic of conflict minerals. Electronics companies now report on how they implement due diligence process in their supply chain and declare if they are conflict-free for the following materials: gold, tin, tantalum, tungsten. A dedicated guidance is provided by the CFSI (Conflict Free Sourcing Initiatives).[4]

We also think that more and more SMEs will report their CSR progress – as bigger companies will increase their pressure on suppliers to take the next step and report along the whole supply chain.

DFGE can guide you through your reporting process. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information at info@dfge.de or consult our website.


[1]CDP: https://www.cdp.net/en-US/Pages/HomePage.aspx

[2] UNGC: https://www.unglobalcompact.org

[3] GRI: https://www.globalreporting.org/standards/g4/Pages/default.aspx

[4] CFSI: http://www.conflictfreesourcing.org/conflict-minerals-reporting-template/http://www.conflictfreesourcing.org/conflict-minerals-reporting-template/http://www.conflictfreesourcing.org/

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We just released our sustainability report – what about you?

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DFGE – Institute for Energy, Ecology and Economy is happy to share its second CSR/sustainability report, which takes the shape of a Communication On Progress (COP).

What is a Communication On Progress (COP)?

In 2015, DFGE produced its first Communication On Progress, a document showing the targets, the actions implemented to reach the targets and the measurement of outcomes for four sustainability issues: Human rights, Labor Practices, Environment and Anti-corruption.

These issues are listed under the 10 United Nations Global Compact principles.

Companies who commit to the United Nations Global Compact need to issue this Communication on Progress on a yearly basis. This document can be considered as the CSR or Sustainability report of the company.


What can be the main highlights?

For each topic, companies can explain which risks they have identified and on which basis, set related targets and formalize commitments in this sense. For instance, DFGE committed to promote UNGC and CSR even more, hoping to have at least one additional partner taking part in this international initiative.

Then, organizations can describe their actions and specify their scope of application, their purpose, etc. For instance, DFGE of course assessed its own carbon footprint to identify sources of emissions that lead to take new commitments and set new targets.

Finally, a measurement of outcomes enables stakeholders to understand the progress of the organization in each domain. For example, DFGE committed in 2015 to formalize hiring processes and to implement appraisal interviews, and in 2016 it was reported that these targets were met.


What are the benefits of such submission?

As a sustainability solution provider, DFGE wants to uphold and support CSR/sustainability international standards. For any company, it is an internationally recognized tool that can help disclose information to stakeholders in an easy way. Indeed, the Communication On Progress offers flexibility as the principles can be adapted to any company according to its size, sector, location, corporate culture. It is also a tool that helps improving sustainability management thanks to the goal-setting and reviewing.

You can consult DFGE’s COP on the UN Global Compact database. Further information on our website: http://www.dfge.de/en/sustainability-communications/un-global-compact-services/ or on the UN Global Compact portal www.unglobalcompact.org.

the guardian on 5 trends that show corporate responsibility is here to stay

Sustainability is not a trend but a global movement. Georg Kell recently published the “five trends that show corporate responsibility is here to stay” in the guardian.

Irregardless if you call it CSR, social and corporate governance (ESG) or sustainability. Several big trends indicate that this topic will stay and evolve:

  1. Transparency
  2. Trust
  3. Community Participation
  4. Accessing new markets responsibly
  5. Initiatives to engage companies

Georg Kell, executive director of the UN Global Compact, clearly emphasizes a valid and transparent communication in line with official standards and initiatives.

Find the full article here.

Supply Chain Sustainability – Leitfaden des UN Global Compact

Der United Nations Global Compact, bei dem auch die DFGE Mitglied ist, hat kürzlich seinen neue Leitfaden zur Transparenz in der Lieferkette veröffentlicht.

Der Leitfaden “A Guide to Traceability: A Practical Approach to Advance Sustainability in Global Supply Chains” kann hier als PDF von der UN Global Compact Seite bezogen werden.

Auch im Zusammenhang mit erweiterten Anforderungen an Scope 3 Emissionsermittlung aus dem Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) und den neuen Regeln für die Nachhaltigkeitsberichterstattung nach dem Global Reporting Initative (GRI 4), werden sich gerade Unternehmen aus dem Mittelstand mit einem deutlichen Anstieg an Detailfragen rund um Emissionsmanagement und Nachhaltikgeit konfrontiert sehen.

Mehr zur Nachhaltigkeitskommunkiation finden Sie bitte hier.

Der Global Compact der Vereinten Nationen

Der UN Global Compact der Vereinten Nationen ist eine Initative, in der sich Unternehmen dazu verpflichten die Geschäftstätigkeit an anerkannten Prinzipien aus den Bereichen

– Menschrechte- Arbeitsnormen
– Umweltschutz
– Korruptionsbekämpfung

auszurichten. Mit fast 9000 beteiligten Unternehmen aus rund 170 Ländern, ist es die größte derartige Initiative.

We Support the GC

Mit der Initiative werden zwei sich ergänzende Ziele verfolgt:

  1. die zehn Prinzipien weltweit in unternehmerisches Handeln zu verankern und
  2. Maßnahmen anstossen, die weitere bzw. übergeordnete Ziele der UN unterstützen.

Für Unternehmen

Die teilnehmenden Unternehmen verpflichten sich zu folgenden Punkten:

  • die zehn Prinzipien zum integralen Bestandteil der Geschäftstätigkeit zu machen
  • die Prinzipien des Global Compact auf der höchsten Management-Ebene (Geschäftsführung) einzubinden
  • aktiv allgemeine Ziele der Vereinten Nationen zu unterstützen
  • Jährliche Fortschrittsberichte darzustellen und zu veröffentlichen (COP)
  • durch aktives Netzwerken weitere Unternehmen und Stakeholder für den Global Compact einzutreten

Wie funktioniert die Teilnahme?

Das Unternehmen muss eine schriftliche Beitrittserklärung (dich auch online veröffentlicht wird) verfassen, die folgende Bestandteile hat

  • den Global Compact und die zehn Prinzipien umzusetzen
  • im Rahmen von Partnerschaften die übergeordneten UN-Ziele zu unterstützen
  • ein Online-Formular ausfüllen
  • einen (von der Umsatzgröße abhängigen) jährlichen freiwilligen Beitrag entrichten

Nach dem Beitritt sind jährliche Fortschrittsmeldungen (COP – Communication on Progress) in den Mitteilungen des Unternehmens – oder als gesondertes Dokument – zu veröffentlichen.

Die COP muss folgende Elemente enthalten:

  • Unterstützungserklärung
  • Beschreibung praktischer Maßnahmen zu den Themenbereichen
  • Bewertung, inwieweit Ziele erreicht wurden (bzw. Ergebnismessung)

Weiterführende Informationen (auf Deutsch) finden Sie hier.

Die DFGE hilft Ihnen zum Festpreis, sowohl den Beitritt als auch die järhlichen COP für Sie umzusetzen.