Sustainability Reporting: An analysis of programs and metrics reported by top manufacturers in New England.
Abstract: Corporations are increasingly adopting sustainable development principles and expanding sustainability reporting programs to demonstrate value to their stakeholders. Economic value can be realized by enabling more efficient production of goods and reputation can be enhanced by reporting environmental practices. This research utilized content analysis and interviews to evaluate the extent... read moreof sustainability reporting among 47 publicly-traded manufacturers in New England. The findings indicated that approximately half of the companies prepared sustainability reports. The majority of reporting organizations had annual sales revenue over $1 billion and employed more than 1,000 workers. A total of 139 different environmental metrics were identified among the sampled sustainability reports and approximately one third of them were verified externally. The sampled companies utilized numerous reporting mechanisms and voluntary standards. The wide variety of formats and complexity underscores the need for standardization. Based on this research, opportunities exist to develop and expand sustainability reporting programs among sampled New England manufacturers.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Mary Davis, and Ann Rappaport.
Keywords: Sustainability, and Environmental management.read less