ABOUT THE PROJECT

Initiated by engageability and öbu, the project entered its fifth round in 2019, in close partnership with RepRisk. Support was also provided by a top-class consortium of multi-stakeholder experts, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The 2019 analysis covers 123 sustainability reports and is the largest analysis of this kind ever conducted in Switzerland. Hence, it highlights current trends and practices in a representative manner.

The primary objective of Focused Reporting is to promote comprehensive sustainability reporting, which at the same time appears credible and places emphasis on relevant sustainability issues.

The comprehensiveness of the reports has been analysed via the categories:

  • Principles
  • Content
  • Experience

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The credibility of sustainability priorities has been analysed via the categories:

  • Transparency
  • Impact Orientation
  • Stakeholder Orientation

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The relevance of sustainability priorities has been analysed via the categories:

  • Company issues
  • Industry issues
  • Country issues

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KEY RESULTS IN 2019

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Comprehensive reports

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Credible priorities

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Relevant issues

BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT POTENTIAL

  • Conducting a materiality analysis and disclose process and results
  • Setting SMART and impact-oriented targets up to 2030
  • Engaging stakeholders and disclosing as well as integrating stakeholder feedback
  • Focusing on hotspots along the value chain
  • Reporting on critical cases/issues of the company and industry

Which reports were analysed?

With 123 analysed sustainability reports from Swiss companies representing 14 sectors, Focused Reporting represents the most comprehensive national benchmark study. Through a careful selection process, a representative sample was selected.

What are the key results?

Among the TOP 3 companies, there are 3 multinational companies: Clariant, LafargeHolcim and Weleda. Sectorwise, the food & beverage sector achieved the highest average score. Biggest room for improvement remains within the real estate sector.

How can I enhance my report?

Learn more about our offers, which include the provision of results of your current report and recommendations for future reports. We also offer specific advice on your reporting strategy, materiality analysis, stakeholder panels, and more.

 

 

“Through repeated training and practice, and by setting clear benchmarks and best practices, sustainability reporting can drive meaningful improvements in environmental performance across business sectors.”

Miron Avidan

Postdoctoral research fellow, University of St. Gallen

“Companies are expected to disclose what they are willing to contribute to averting a climate apocalypse. Their reporting shows how ambitious they are.”

Claus-Heinrich Daub

Professor of Sustainable Management and Marketing, FHNW

“Transparency and relevancy are key to building trust and becoming accountable. Focused Reporting promotes exactly that by combining different standards to shape the future of sustainability reporting in Switzerland.”

Michael Liechti

Senior Partnership Account Manager, RepRisk AG

“If communication is effective, efficient, and decision-useful, it contributes to efficient markets with low transaction costs.”

Thomas Scheiwiller

Advisor & Board Member

“Focused Reporting enables one crucial aspect of a future-fit society: the fully transparent, material and standardized information flow between companies and their stakeholders. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this endeavor.”

Markus Ott

Head Sustainability Research, Alternative Bank Schweiz

“What doesn’t get measured, cannot be managed – Focused Reporting helps to move this management axiom into the realm of sustainability management by providing transparent benchmarks and support.”

Olmar Albers

CEO, oebu

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