I recently came across a study concerning companies and sustainability reporting. The title of the document is “Unsustainable Reporting” and it was written by Professor Graham Hubbard (University of Adelaide).
In a nutshell the report and the study tried to capture some of the shortcomings of sustainability reporting done my mostly large, publicly-traded companies. Here’s a summary from CorporateRegister.com where I got this report:
“Professor Graham Hubbard’s (Adelaide University) recent research paper suggests that much of the information in CR reports from large companies is not material, not assured, not comparable and provides favourable, rather than balanced reporting. The paper contains recommendations for how to improve sustainability reporting and suggests likely possible future trends that might occur.”1
I think it’s a very interesting read, and unlike other reports, it doesn’t try to bombard you with too much mathematical equations or even statistical analyses. The author and his group just presented the data and their observations, almost too straightforwardly.
Anyways, for anyone who’s interested or remotely interested about sustainability and sustainability reporting, Unsustainable Reporting is a helpful read.
Enjoy your read!
About Graham Hubbard
“Graham is Professor of Strategic Management of the School of Business at the University of Adelaide. Previously he was Head of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Adelaide, Professor of Strategic Management at Mt Eliza Business School and Head of the Marketing Group at RMIT University. He has also taught at Monash, Melbourne, Deakin and Swinburne Universities in Australia, Cranfield School of Management in the UK and the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has also worked for Alcoa of Australia, Corporate Adviser and Coopers and Lybrand in the UK.”2
CorporateRegister.com is a global directory of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) resources, currently incorporating: CSR Report Directory, ReportingPartners Directory, CSR News & Information, and Research & Publications.”3