Compliance with sustainability reporting obligations

ESG reporting – whitepaper on comprehensive sustainability reporting for companies

Companies are increasingly finding themselves obliged to undertake comprehensive sustainability management reporting. This is due not only to the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), but also to various other laws and guidelines at European and national level. Our ESG whitepaper offers you an expert overview of the topic, answers your most pressing questions and highlights the advantages of professionally undertaken ESG reporting.

ESG reporting – introduction of the reporting obligation in several stages

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is a generic term for a company’s various activities concerning environmental, social standards, and corporate governance issues.

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Find out more about your obligations concerning the ESG report. The whitepaper provides an overview of the types of data needed, options for data collection, the importance of sustainability reporting for governance and much more besides. With practical examples, information graphics, definitions and useful food for thought. Download free of charge right now!

As public awareness of sustainable management continues to grow, companies are facing an increasing number of obligations in this area.

Various laws and guidelines at European and national level are now making diverse extensive reporting obligations mandatory even for classic medium-sized companies. Alongside the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), the EU has also introduced a taxonomy with which it defines criteria for ecologically sustainable activities.

The CSRD is to be rolled out in multiple stages. The plan is currently that public interest entities with more than 500 employees will be required to submit a report as of the 2024 financial year. The following year, all other companies deemed large under the accounting legislation will be required to prepare ESG reports. As of 2026, the reporting obligation will then also apply to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) as classified under the accounting legislation.

At the same time, Germany has committed to a net-zero economy by 2045. The Federal Government expects companies to reduce their CO2 emissions and to provide appropriate evidence. These reports must be submitted annually and in full. However, companies should not stick simply to pure status quo reporting, but should instead implement a data-based sustainability strategy from the outset.

The question is therefore how a company is to obtain all of this data and how many staff are needed to collect and process it.

Data-based sustainability management

Effective data management is one of the basic prerequisites for successfully meeting the ESG criteria, ensuring transparency, and seizing opportunities such as competitive advantages, cost reductions, positive marketing communication, or increasing one’s attractiveness as an employer amidst these complex processes.

However, the situation at many companies is fragmented. The data is distributed across various systems and departments, and is unfortunately only infrequently available in the required quality and consistency. The effort involved in data integration is increased by diverse data sources, different data types and formats, and various definitions of and methods for measuring the sustainability KPIs. A lack of automation poses an additional obstacle.

The whitepaper shows possible solutions.

These and other insights are provided in the whitepaper on the topic of ESG reporting

  • Overview and definition of the forthcoming national and international regulations on sustainability reporting
  • Overview of the challenges involved in ESG reporting
  • KPIs for ESG reporting
  • Opportunities of sustainability strategies and data-based sustainability management for companies
  • Glossary with all relevant definitions

All findings and explanations concerning the topic of ESG reporting can be read in full in the whitepaper. The whitepaper is available to download free of charge. Some important information is provided in advance below.

The entry into force and interaction of various national and international legal standards equates to new reporting obligations for companies and the implementation of sustainability strategies.
  • ESG monitoring also affects medium-sized companies and presents them with major challenges

Although the EU’s CSRD will only lead to a reporting obligation as of 2027, the steps for implementing it should already be set in motion today. Data collection and preparations take time, and the EU Directive provides for sanctions for flawed or missing reports.

  • The implementation of sustainable management offers companies various opportunities

Despite the high effort involved, a data-based sustainability strategy can provide numerous benefits. These include cost savings, competitive advantages (e.g. energy and resource efficiency), attraction of investors, positive profile for consumers and the resulting enhancement of the company’s image, and much more besides.

  • Data collection and reporting cannot be implemented efficiently using manual methods

Effective software that deals with a company’s specific requirements is needed due to the large and partially fragmented volumes of data. Without automation, effective implementation of ESG reporting is practically impossible.

Download the whitepaper on “ESG reporting” free of charge

Find out more about your obligations concerning the ESG report. The whitepaper provides an overview of the types of data needed, options for data collection, the importance of sustainability reporting for governance and much more besides. With practical examples, information graphics, definitions and useful food for thought. Download free of charge right now!