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New WBCSD web portal guides companies through the motions of SD reporting

Geneva, 16 January 2003 – Following the Johannesburg Summit call on the corporate sector for increased accountability, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is launching a web-based “reporting portal” to bolster companies’ efforts to report on their sustainable development activities.

The reporting portal, accessible via, provides visitors with an understanding of the issues companies are currently tackling in their sustainable development reports and the kind of information they are presenting.

The reporting portal:

… showcases REPORTING PRACTICES from 43 companies, representing 14 business sectors. It is meant to be a living resource, expanded as new reports are published

… provides a STEP BY STEP GUIDE to help companies to develop or improve their sustainable development reports. Companies can also use this guide as a checklist against their own practices.

Given that reporting practices in sustainable development are continuously evolving, the portal should be considered as a dynamic list of practices. It is not an attempt to standardize sustainable development reporting, but a tool that companies can use to generate ideas and make informed decisions on what information to include in their own sustainable development reports.

The portal supplements the release of STRIKING THE BALANCE, a new WBCSD business guide to SD reporting co-authored by three industry leaders:

  • Bert Heemskerk, Chief Executive Officer, Rabobank Group,
  • Pasquale Pistorio, President and Chief Executive Officer, STMicroelectronics, and
  • Martin Scicluna, Managing Partner, Global Strategic Clients, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Media contact:

Geneviève Tremblay
Tel (+41 22) 839 31 08,

Further information:

The WBCSD is a coalition of 160 international companies united by a shared commitment to sustainable development. Its members are drawn from 35 countries and more than 20 major industrial sectors. The Council also benefits fro a thriving global network of 40 business councils and partner organizations located primarily in the developing world.


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Barbara Dubach

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