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Future of Reporting

Sharing reporting best practices to improve sustainability performance and enable informed decision-making



Sustainability reporting has grown considerably in both quantity and quality over the past 20 years. However, the impact of sustainability reporting can be increased in two important areas: accelerating improved sustainability performance at companies and enabling informed decision-making by stakeholders.

The Future of Reporting collaborative initiative is a group of companies sharing reporting best practices and using these insights to inform the work of various reporting organizations.

The Potential

By holding the pen while sustainability reports are written, company sustainability practitioners occupy a very special position in the world of sustainability reporting. They have the potential to de ne the solutions for better reporting and shape an approach to sustainability reporting that most effectively accelerates improved sustainability performance and enables informed decision-making. 

Our Mission

Our mission is for member companies to create sustainability reports that result in:

  • Improved sustainability performance at companies
  • Informed decision-making by stakeholders

Further, it is our mission that insights gained from the practical discipline of creating, publishing, and using sustainability reports is channeled into the work of various reporting organizations, thereby increasing the usefulness and quality of sustainability reporting guidelines, standards, and resources. 

How We Work

  • Research agenda to surface best practices and reporting trends
  • Two in-person meetings per year (one at BSR annual Conference)
  • One publication (or similar) to in uence the reporting eld
  • Concept development (e.g. Key Performance Indicator/Key Performance Narrative table) 

Why Join?

  1. Share reporting best practices with peers and learn from other BSR member companies
  2. Engage with leadesr shaping the future of reporting
  3. Benefit from a safe space to dig deep on specific reporting challenges and topics
  4. Further develop the ideas set out in the BSR "Triangles, Numbers, and Narratives" report
  5. Understand how to apply reporting frameworks, such as GRI, IIRC, OTI, RAFI, and SASB
  6. Increase the impact of reporting practitioners


Future of Reporting Companies

  • Bank of America
  • Barrick Gold
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Chevron
  • Dell
  • Flextronics
  • GAP Inc.
  • General Mills
  • Google
  • Hydro Quebec
  • Qualcomm
  • Sempra Energy

Our Insights

on Future of Reporting

Future of Reporting


Triangles, Numbers, and Narratives: A Proposal for the Future of Sustainability Reporting

This report summarizes the main features of sustainability reporting that can improve performance and decision-making and proposes a conceptual model for the future of sustainability reporting.

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Future of Reporting


A Brave New World for Sustainability Reporting

How millennials, big data, and purpose are pivoting the tried-and-true format.

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Future of Reporting


The Fallacy of the Apple and Orange Defense for Sustainability Reporting

Have you ever stopped to ask whether an apple can be compared to an orange?

Read More 

Meet the Team

New York

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Managing Director

San Francisco

New York

Talk to Us  
Contact the Future of Reporting team with any questions.