You have traveled far from course beginning to where you stand today. As a result, you have gained a strong foundation in the business activities that impact an organization’s bottom line. Your goal now it to reflect on all the material that you have learned and put much of that information into a well-written Sustainability business report that you would present to company decision-makers. Once you have done that, you will have a concrete document that demonstrates your ability to thoughtfully choose key Performance Indicators that will track, measure, and record the three pillars of Sustainability: Planet, Profit, and People. Further, your report will demonstrate that you are a champion for Sustainability in Business and have the skills to address a business’s Sustainability Impacts to formulate a 1 year plan to move the company toward Sustainable change.
Directions: Move to the next page in this Module and open the page. Directions Part 1
Directions: Open the Global Reporting Initiative Basic Reporting Template and review the categories presented. Choose only those categories relevant to writing a basic, first-draft of your Sustainability Business Report. This will include basic background about the company such as the Industry the company operates in, the size of the company, the number of employees, the ownership status, and your agenda for the Sustainability Report, (which ideally would be written by “corporate governance.” Notice that terminology on the Basic Global Reporting Document included. This is what you aspire to achieve through the reporting process. The reporting period (process) is similar to an organization’s annual financial reporting period … 1 year).
Now review all the Sustainability Reports included: Chipotle, Seventh Generation, and Starbucks, which includes 3 years to see the evolution in the process and the results over time. Notice the CEO’s Strategic Vision. This includes the details that Section 1 in the Global Reporting Initiative Basic Template lists.
These two section from the GRI basic template and the Sustainability Reports from the companies provides ideas of the information for your Company Section and Strategic Vision of you Sustainability Business Report. See the Rubric attached to this Assignment for grading metrics. Create your own Word Document with the Headings we are covering ONLY. Do not fill in or upload the GRI Document). The GRI document gives explanations of what information to include in each section inside the form.
Directions: Move to the next page in this Module, Performance Indicators and open the page. Directions Part 2
Directions: Choose 6 Performance Indicators that you think are important to track, measure, record, and report on for this basic, first-draft Sustainability Report. These 6 Performance Indicators – 2 Environmental, 2 Economic, and 2 Social / Employment Practices/ Human Rights / Product Responsibility – will be included in this final project. State the Performance Indicators using the GRI terminology and then describe in a general way your goal for choosing and tracking these Performance Indicators. Here you are justifying your chosen Performance Indicators (i.e. you are building a strong business case for the Performance Indicators you team has chosen).
Directions: Part 3 – Writing the Sustainability Report for submission
Your team’s report will include Three Major Headings: Company Section and Strategic Vision (Part 1), Performance Indicators and justification for choosing those Performance Indicators for this business in particular (Part 2), and a 1-year timeline that tracks in 3 month increments key measurements taken and your team’s purpose for taking those readings (Part 3).
Present the date on the timeline (such as Start Date, Three Months, Six Months, Nine Months and 1 year). Next write one (but no more than two) paragraph(s) about what information you anticipate might be available at that point in time. The information will be based on the Performance Indicators tracked and the projected changes based on what you plan for your company to do differently (change in business operations towards more Sustainable practices or technologies) during that tracking time. Use Chipotle, Seventh Generation, and all three Starbucks’ Sustainability Reports as examples of what a company might track and what the results produced might be.