In my role as professor at Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill, one course that I teach MBA and environmental graduate students focuses on corporate sustainability strategy, specifically reporting and certification programs.
What are examples?
LEED green building certification
GRI (Global Reporting Initiative)
SASB (Sustainability Accounting Standards Board)
TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures)
CDP (formerly, Carbon Disclosure Project)
Another important way that an increasing number of companies are reporting on their environmental and social KPIs (key performance indicators) is the United Nations SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
Is this just about doing the right thing?
According to a report by The Business and Sustainable Development Commission, reaching the SDGs could unlock $12 trillion in business opportunities in these sectors: (1) food and agriculture, (2) cities, (3) energy and materials, and (4) health and well-being.
To learn more about how the SDGs might inspire changes in your business, check out these resources:
169 SDG Targets, with 232 unique Indicators (link)
How 17 companies are implementing the UN SDGs (link)
See how dozens of US companies are using the UN SDGs for their corporate goal setting and reporting (link)
In case that photo above is hard to read on your phone, here's the list of the UN SDGs, with more information behind each link.