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My New Year’s Resolutions As a Sustainability Report

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My New Year’s Resolutions As a Sustainability Report

I’m usually not quite fond of the traditional new year’s resolutions, as I don’t like the idea that I have to wait until next January to make a change in my life. If I want to read more, eat better and run or blog once a week, why should I wait for a precise time to get started? “Tomorrow is the first day to the rest of your life” as they say…

Nevertheless, this holiday period is a perfect time to sit back, relax, and think about the passed year’s good times and achievements. It is one to also plan the next significant projects of the year ahead, on a personal level (getting prepared for the next triathlon race, plan a wedding…) but also professionally (attend a specific Sustainability conference, complete another reporting project…).

Now, what if I wasn’t myself but… a Sustainability report? Yeah you read well. What would my resolutions tend to be? Here are 10 ideas that ought to be on my list if this happened to be the case, alongside with suggestions of resources to be the soundest of all!

 

1. Spend Quality Time With Friends

I’m not exactly talking about “friends” here but “stakeholders”, who should be engaged on a regular basis. Exchanges can be diverse (workshops, focus groups, phone or in-person interviews, online communications, meetings or events) but what’s important is to share quality time, listen to their feedback, take notes of their requirements and take these into account.

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2. Learn Something Exciting

What is more exciting than learning a new skill and becoming good at it? This year, this “little something” is called materiality and will help me stay focused on what’s important for both my stakeholders and my business. Another exciting stuff to learn along the way: how to draw materiality matrices!

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3. Lose Weight

With the concept of materiality put into practice I should be focused only on the key material issues that are really important, and avoid the non-essential topics and layers that my previous versions carried. This could save me pages and pages of irrelevant content and help me stay fit under…let’s say…100 pages?

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4. Be More Honest

As a Sustainability report, my goal is to present the key Sustainability achievements of my company in the passed year…but also highlight the current and coming challenges to achieve my goals. I should be focusing on what’s good…and less good in our operations, without doublespeak or irrealistic discourse.

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5. Get Rid of Old Bad Habits

Starting the process too late? Not taking into account my stakeholders feedback? Forgetting to add both quantitative and qualitative data? No! This year, I will make sure all of these bad habits are behind me, and that I am aware of the most basic Sustainability reporting best practices.

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6. Go Digital

I’ve never really been a digital junky, and that’s why some people are making fun of my old-fashioned PDF look and incompatibility with smartphones. But I’ve understood that in 2015, time is right for me to become mobile-ready and social media friendly. I commit to creating my own dedicated website and opening a Twitter account to help my stakeholders find relevant information online.

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7. Improve Grades

I know a grade is not an end in itself, but getting recognition from my peers and experts on the field is still the best way to be confident about myself! From the rating agencies to the industry awards, I’ll always try to do my best to be among the leaders!

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8. Become More Organized

My preparation taking several months and including numerous collaborators and reviews, I’m in need of a little help to stay organized throughout the year. Hopefully, some tools exist to assist me and the good news is: some of them are free!

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9. Reduce Stress

The road towards Sustainability sure is a long one, and the reporting world is no exception. I’ll try not to be drowned under too much pressure, convey the benefits of reporting and have fun along the way!

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10. Save Money

My budget may vary from one company to the other, but having it approved by my CFO is always kind of the same story. To make sure I top my company’s agenda and priorities, I’ll prove that CSR reporting and ROI can walk hand in hand.

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What will your own resolutions be?

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