Corporate ESG / Sustainability / Responsibility Reporting – Does It Matter?

Published in 2012

G&A team members for the second year have been examining corporate sustainability and responsibility reporting trends by US-domiciled companies to explore the question -- does such reporting really matter?  The research team began their research with these commonly-asked queries below in mind.


Highlights Include:

  • Regarding Financial Performance – Do companies that report perform better in the capital markets over the long term?  Are there discernible share price (valuation) advantages for reporters?

  • Equity Indexes – Are companies reporting on sustainability more likely to be included in such popular sustainability indexes as the DJSI and NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index?

  • Key Corporate Reputational Lists / Awards –Are reporting companies selected more often for credible reputational lists such as Newsweek’sGreen Rankings?

  • Key Corporate Ratings & Rankings – Are higher ratings and rankings achieved by reporting companies by leading organizations such as Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)?