WebFilings, the leader in business reporting technology for more than 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies, has released its latest white paper, "8 Steps to Kick-Off a Successful CSR Report," written by Francis Quinn, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Technologies.
The white paper covers what needs to be done in the kick-off phase of creating a successful CSR report. The eight steps outlined are:
1. Preliminary Preparations
2. Analysis of CSR Issues
3. Benchmark of CSR Report and CSR Reporting
4. Materiality Assessment
5. Key Messaging
6. Data Collection, Writing, and Reviewing
8. Publish and Dialogue
The white paper is written for all levels of sustainability reporters to read and use as a guide to this critical step in creating a CSR report. "8 Steps to Kick-Off a Successful CSR Report" considers setting your report goals, defining the audience, organizing your messaging, and setting you on the right track for data collection, writing, and reviewing.
Making this first phase of the CSR reporting process as productive and conceptually solid as possible with these tips and tricks will greatly benefit your reporting team. It will guide them to produce a report that meets the expectations and needs of your company as well as your stakeholders. Streamlining the kick-off phase allows more time for data analysis, materiality assessments, and deciding where to publish your final report.
WebFilings is a privately held company that offers fully integrated, cloud-based business reporting solutions. Reporting teams collaborate in real time on complex reports using pioneering single document datamodel technology on Wdesk. As a result, Wdesk reduces the time, risk, and costs associated with the entire reporting process. For more information, please visit webfilings.com.
Today's agreement sees the Adria countries formally commit to strengthen regional cooperation in conservation and sustainable development, and the establishment of a first trilateral transboundary protected area between Albania, Kosovo* and Macedonia. The first two marine protected areas in Montenegro were also approved for creation. This agreement increases the eight countries' protected territory by more than 13 per cent and is endorsing the creation of two new national parks, 10 protected landscapes, and three marine protected areas.
The eight countries have committed to assess the economic value of their natural capital, while integrating nature conservation goals into economic development plans for fisheries, forestry, agriculture, energy, spatial planning, and cross-sectoral cooperation.
"The beautiful Adria region in South-Eastern Europe is rich in natural resources and has been identified by WWF as a place of global importance for its abundant biodiversity," said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International. "WWF applauds all governments involved for their commitment to choose the long-term benefits associated with sustainable development over short-term economic gains."
The Adria countries commit to evaluate the contribution of protected areas to their own and the region's economy, and to draft sustainable financing schemes for protected areas. This will include plans to build sustainable tourism in these areas over the next five years.
"WWF is proud to have supported the Adria countries in the development of a regional network of almost 80 protected areas, known as the Dinaric Arc parks network," said Paolo Lombardi, Director of WWF Mediterranean. "This transboundary cooperation in the field of nature protection is happening for the first time in the Adria region, and should scale up the development of sustainable tourism in the region."
Adria is the most water-rich area in the Mediterranean, and hosts the largest European virgin forest and healthy populations of large carnivores – including bear, lynx, wolf and golden jackal. The region also boasts the second deepest canyon in the world and is home to more than 5,000 unique species.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the IJC opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.