First Things First

Dear Pierre-François Thaler,
Dear Frédéric Trinel

Before employees can read a CSR report of their employer, it has to be disclosed to them. First things first. Right?

You may want to have a look at

Three Ways to Get People to Read your Corporate Responsibility Report

Submitted by: Judy Sandford
Posted: Sep 06, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST


Your employees, consumers, shareholders and others are demanding more corporate responsibility (CR) information from companies, but they probably aren’t reading your CR report. […]

 Judy Sandford (no relation to EcoVadis) is right. The bad news: There are employers who do not want their employees to read the CSR report, if it is an EcoVadis Premium Report. These employers even reject the employees representatives’ request to read the report.

 How can employees read the report if there are zero ways to get it from their employer? When will EcoVadis publish a policy on how to support the employees of assessed suppliers as stakeholders in the CSR of these suppliers?

Sustainability reporting: focus on balanced and transparent reporting (2016-03-21):


My research focus was to evaluate reports on transparency, management disclosure and assurance practices. Transparency was broken down into three sub-criteria:

  • how materiality is determined,
  • how stakeholder engagement practices are conducted and
  • how sustainable business goals are set.


“Did you mean eco vad is?” (2014-10-10)

[…] It must be said that Schneider Electric’s transparency on reporting is commendable. […]

 Does Schneider Electric disclose its EcoVadis Premium Report at least to its own employees? Probably not: (2016-08-05)

[…] No results found for “EcoVadis” in All the site.
Did you mean eco vad is? […]

Changes: Global Reporting Initiative (2016-08-26):

The GRI G4 Guidelines will transition to GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (SRS), also called GRI Standards. In this article, DFGE wants to give you an overview of the process, of the main changes and the next steps before the final transition.

The process (as of the 21st of June)

  • Public exposure from 19th of April to 17th of July 2016
  • Anticipated approval from 30 of August-1st September
  • Expected release of the standards: October 2016
  • Proposed transition period: until the 31st of December 2017




Key Stakeholders of a Company:
its Employees

If employees are not engaged, CSR becomes an exercise in public relations.

Employee · Engagement

CSR strategies, sustainability reports and the integration of ecological and social values in vision and mission are very often addressed to external stakeholder groups rather than to one of the key stakeholders of a company: its employees. It is a missed opportunity if own employees don’t know what is going on, as they are the most valuable brand advocates of a company and CSR measurements are becoming more credible for external stakeholders when shared by all employees.

CSR – HR = PR. If employees are not engaged, Corporate Social Responsibility becomes an exercise in public relations. The credibility of an organisation will become damaged when it becomes evident that a company is not ‘walking the talk’. […]

10 Reasons Secrecy Is a Bad Idea at Work

Open communication leads to stronger, more nimble organizations.
By Geoffrey James, Contributing editor,


Only mediocre managers feel the need to keep secrets from their employees.

What do you think of CSR managers, who even hide reports on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from their employees?

External Assurance

[…] External assurance seems to increase year-on-year. In the annual World Business Council for Sustainable Development´s (WBCSD) 2015 report, Reporting matters, 78 per cent of their 169 members have their report externally assured. Of course one can reason that the sample population is skewed, and indeed I would agree with that, as membership tends to consist of progressive sustainable companies, but even within this group, the trend is increasing by five percentage points in 2014 and 14 percentage points when compared to 2013. […]

Be assured: External assurance isn’t necessarily external verification.