More and more companies are opting to report their economic, social and environmental performance through annual sustainability reports. A sustainability report is increasingly seen as a critical instrument in building trust and credibility among internal and external stakeholders.
Sustainability reporting is a complex process requiring organisation-wide collaboration to deliver a report that is truly engaging and effective. Input from the Human Resources Department makes up a significant part of the report. About one-third of a typical sustainability report is devoted to employee related issues. This is not surprising as nearly 38 per cent of the performance indicators included in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines for Sustainability Reporting is Human Resources Management aspects. This underscores the importance of strategic participation of HR leaders in the reporting process instead of being passive providers of data at the end of the year.
More importantly, a good understanding of workplace-related sustainability issues and how they are reported will help HR leaders in employer branding. HR leaders can use sustainability reporting metrics to boost employee engagement, employee motivation, recruitment and retention of talent, work-life balance, team work, and leadership development.
This course is designed to introduce HR leaders and managers to sustainability reporting requirements and to prepare them for playing a strategic role in their organisation’s annual sustainability reporting process.