Evaluating Sustainability Management Systems Reporting Software and Tools



AlSoufi, Najdat



Arndt, Hans-Knud






Major organizations around the world are increasingly looking for new way to support their financial status to be more efficient by studying the long-term impacts of their processes. One method of achieving such an improvement is by progressively utilizing corporate sustainability reporting. The number of organization which is following this approach is growing as more organization are continuously measuring, managing and reporting their environmental and social impact which also helped the corporate sustainability reporting also to evolve, and it led to more extensive studies that go beyond the company’s process and direct activities to promote better understanding of their entire value chain map and its impact on the environmental, social and economic aspects that are relevant to a variety of stakeholders. This thesis discusses the continued growth of corporate sustainability and social impact measurement, starting with the fundamentals of reporting. It observes different reporting frameworks that organizations use to measure their effect, with a focus on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) then we will try to discuss the best practices to make the transitioning process less complicated for the enterprises which are currently using a platform that utilizes G4 as a central sustainably standard and is going through the transitioning process to the new GRI Standards. Finally we will discuss the impact of the growing use of sustainability reporting systems as commercial software products in small and medium size organization and establish an evaluation process and selection criteria of appropriate products and spotting a light on an increasingly essential activity. Though, various organizations find this process to be challenging when it comes to selecting appropriate sustainability reporting software products for use in systems. As part of a cooperative effort, the Software Engineering Institute and National Research Council Canada have defined a customizable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software product evaluation process that can help organizations in making sensibly and coherent product decisions. The process for that evaluation process, as well as the criteria that should be considered when choosing a sustainability reporting system, are defined ihere.




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