The terms 'annual report' and 'sustainability' will be closely linked in the near future. Sheer numbers do not meet investors' information requirements anymore. Stakeholders expect transparent statements on long-term objectives and values connected to the indicated investments.
50 percent of Swiss companies know that already. They publish sustainability reports. 75 percent of all Swiss businesses already launch annual reports on the basis of the sustainability reporting guidelines GRI G4. Their relevancy and functionality is underlined by these high percentages.
G4 sustainability reporting guidelines
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) compiled guidelines for the categories economy, ecology, social commitment and related subcategories in corporate reporting. The guidelines refer to many diverse aspects of sustainability. A company's values, finances and practices can be communicated comprehensively and strategically in the context of sustainability to stakeholders in reporting.
Integrated reporting concept
Integrated reporting is an instrument for leadership and communication in businesses.
The concept provides a framework for the inward and outward presentation of a company's practices. This means that the separation of mission statement and finances is dissolved in favor of a more holistic presentation of the value added model.
W4 supports companies in selected areas or from start to finish in creating annual reports in compliance with the GRI G4 guidelines.
Content consulting includes assistance during the introduction of a process-accompanying reporting according to the integrated reporting concept.
In a first step, we conduct an overall analysis incl. benchmarks. Based on this analysis, we will develop strategic sustainability objectives. Part of this are interviews with stakeholders to introduce external perspectives to integrated reporting.