A Comparative Perspective of Sustainability Reporting Practices – by Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore, 2014
This study analyses the sustainability initiatives of most valuable firms in the Fortune 500 list. The methodology adopted involves analysing information disclosed on their Websites, including annual reports, sustainability reports, policies, and other documents. The study, sought to answer the question on what type of information related to sustainability and business operations were currently being disclosed and attempted to map the information based on industry type and sector, location and profit”
For the purposes of this study Corporate Sustainability Initiatives (CSIs) were defined to include:
- Any voluntary action taken by the company to ensure reduced impact of their operations on the environment or the society beyond legal compliance;
- Those initiatives that are embedded in the core or mainstream business or are carried out by an extended arm of the corporate; and
- All initiatives that depict that the company in general is concerned about the social and environmental aspects along with the economic aspects explicit in its strategic behaviour or planning.
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