Some use terms such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Environment Social Governance (ESG), Social responsibility, Societal reponsibility. All good tools have the same aim: to make it easier to contribute to sustainable environmental, social and economic development.
The concept “triple bottom line” has at times been used since 1994 to illustrate that companies (and organizations) must generate value related not only for “economic viability”, but also “environmental sustainability” and “social responsbility”. Sometimes triple bottom line is summarized as People, Planet, Profit. Concepts have evolved since the 90s: sustainability work, or social responsibility/CSR, has come to mean one entity’s contribution to sustainable environmental, social and economic development.
There are common denominators between most of the methods, e.g. stakeholder engagement, continual improvements, Human Rights, environment, climate change, anti-corruption, labor conditions, the three dimensions environment/social/economy,
One important part of most methods is the analysis of how the organization impacts the different areas of sustainable development. Such an analysis is called materiality analysis when focusing on what is material to relevant stakeholders (e.g. sustainability report). ISO 26000 focuses on identifying the significant sustainability aspects for control/procedures and improvement/objectives.
SustCoReport focuses on the core, the significant sustainability aspects. It is then up to the user to decide on what steps are prioritized for success.
Timeline tools, examples
SustCoReport focuses on the core
The most important for us at SustCoReport it that small and medium-sized companies and organizations start their sustainability work. Our tool focuses on the core since we believe most companies and organizations have most of other parts in place already: they know how to set procedures and goals, staff development, communication, etcetera.
There are many great online-tools available, as well as tools for specific sectors and issues such as circular economy, anti-corruption, health and safety, and climate. There are good methods for self-declarations, reporting, certification. A tool for simply taking the first step was missing: to get an overview of sustainability and find the core on your own. That is why we offer SustCoReport.