Chapter 2

Why Should an Organization Report on Sustainability?

Sustainability reporting is not a legal requirement in many countries, but there are many important reasons to do it. Organizations can use their reports to help determine if their operations are reaching a more sustainable level. How they use these reports depends on several factors. In the normal course of operations, organizations select relevant information for decision making based on their mission, strategy, and organizational form. The organizational form (e.g., public or private companies, ­nonprofit organizations, government agencies) often influences how information is used. In privately held companies that choose to become more sustainable for ethical reasons, sustainability ...

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