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Friday, 2 December 2011

Best Belgian Sustainability Report Awards

Over the past 20 years, interest in measuring and reporting organisations’ progress towards sustainability has been increasing, thanks in part to the development of well-established guidelines, such as those provided by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Beyond just transparent and accountable data reports, the latest trends demand a more concise and creative presentation, with an emphasis on the contribution of new interactive media tools.  This seemed to be the key takeaway from the 2011 Best Belgian Sustainability Report Awards on 23 November.

Organised by the Institut des RĂ©viseurs d’Entreprises (IRE), Business & Society Belgium and Kauri, this 13th edition of the Awards, which promotes reporting of non-financial data concerning social, environmental and corporate performance impact metrics, saw 54 innovative contributions in sustainability reporting from small and large companies as well as NGOs, hospitals and a local police organisation.  Around 270 participants were present and attended one of four interesting workshops organised on the themes of ‘Materiality’, ‘Internal and External Communication’, ‘Accreditation’ and ‘Dialogue with the Stakeholders’, each of which are key areas successful sustainability reports ought to cover.  Outstanding reports were awarded on the basis of their clear and relevant content, taking into account their materiality, stakeholder inclusiveness, credibility and their overall sustainability context.

The winner of the ‘Other Organisations’ category, Opnieuw & Co, operates a series of recycling centres which transform waste into useful second-hand goods in their retail outlets.  The ‘Small Company’ winner, De Duurzame Drukker (‘the sustainable printer’), was commended for its “very high quality report taking into account the GRI criteria, the involvement of stakeholders and external audit.”  Finally, the ‘Oscar’ for the winner in the category of ‘Medium and Large Company’ went to Belgium-based international food retailer Delhaize Group for its exceptional online report, the second time it has won the award.

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