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What is Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility?

Corporate Social Responsibility is a corporate initiative to assess and take responsibility for the company’s effects on the environment and impact on social welfare. It can involve incurring short-term costs that do not provide an immediate financial benefit to the company, but instead promote positive social and environmental change. This corporate self-regulation is integrated into the entity’s business model.

Sustainability is an important tool in creating a corporate image and reputation but also in reducing costs and generating revenues in the long run. If this is something your business needs to implement, speak to our team of experts for bespoke Corporate Social Responsibility advice.

When companies and organisations consider integrating sustainability into how they operate, they need to consider four key areas of their performance and impacts: Economic, Environmental, Social & Governance.

What are sustainability reports?

Sustainability reports are based on non-financial information and are the key platform to communicate sustainability performance and impacts. They are a tool to show stakeholders how the organisation’s strategy, governance and performance lead to the creation of value.

They cover area such as:

  • Environment
    Material used
    Energy
    Emissions
  • Economic
    Value
    Impact
    Procurement practices
  • Social
    Labour practices
    Human rights
    Health and safety
    Training

Which entities report on sustainability?

All types of organisation can report on sustainability.

Which guidelines can be used to report on sustainability?

A number of reporting guidelines or standards have been developed to serve as frameworks for sustainability reporting. The GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) guidelines are currently the most used.

RSM Belgium can contribute to the acceleration of your transition

RSM Belgium can assist your business with the following specialist sustainability services:

Introducing CSR in the boardroom as a major strategy for change/long term survival

In the coming years, organisations will be facing a number of global trends, such as rising population, increasing scarcity of raw materials and water, and climate change. These mega forces have far-reaching consequences for the organisational model (eg, higher commodity prices and higher demands of stakeholders), but can be transformed into opportunities. RSM is capable of bringing these topics to the boardroom table.

It takes a well-planned strategy to be successful and manage risk in the low carbon economy. We can help demystify this complex issue and assist you in taking concrete actions to identify competitive advantages, increase operational efficiency and mitigate risk.

Heading for Sustainable Corporate Governance

Regardless of the size of organisations, good governance will become more and more important especially in light of the increased transparency required in supply chains. RSM can assist your organisation by designing a blueprint for good governance and a clear structure. We can provide training in sustainability matters and offer Corporate Social Responsibility advice to your directors and managers.

Providing Integrated/non-financial Accounting & Audit services

In financial reports, it’s important that both financial stakeholders and the image of the entity presents the company in a fair manner. With the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) a new standard is being set for organisations to report on non-financial information.

RSM Belgium can help you collect data and write a sustainability report, or the sustainability topics as part of an integrated report.

Leveraging our tax expertise in the multi-national world on clean energy and heading towards sustainable tax planning

A lot of jurisdictions in Europe offer incentives for measuring the use of utilities such as green energy. To support socially responsible measures, we offer consulting on the implementation of these services to help lower the cost. For example, for energy taxes and other excise duties, social security contributions and other taxes.

 

 

Please feel free to consult our general sales terms and conditions for providing services :
General TERMS AND conditions

SUNSTAINABILITY INSIGHTS - 2019.1 NEW BELGIAN GOVERNANCE CODE

21 October 2019
The Corporate Governance Committee has recently published a new governance code, the Code 2020.

Sustainability Newsletter 2017-03 COP 23

10 November 2017
Kick-off of the 23rd edition of the Conference of the Parties What was in stake in the previous editions?

Sustainability Newsletter 2017-02 Law of September 3rd 2017 related to non-financial information

25 October 2017
Law of September, 3rd 2017 Belgium has translated the European Directive related to the publication of non-financial information and diversity information for some large entities in the law of September, 3rd 2017. This law amends article 96 of the company code concerning the management report content.

Sustainability Newsletter 2016-03 New GRI standards

30 December 2016
What is the new structure ? What are the differences between G4 and GRI standards ? How to use/reference the standards?   Read more :

Sustainability Newsletter 2016-02 Award for the Best Belgian Sustainability Report 2016

11 August 2016
Award for the Best Belgian Sustainability Report 2016 Who can participate ? Categories of reports Evaluation criteria Why should your organization apply to the Awards 2016? Apply for the Awards 2016 !

Sustainability Newsletter 2016-01 Non Financial reporting

9 January 2016
European Directive 2014/95/EU regarding the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large underakings or groups Entities to which the directive applies Objective of the directive Which information should be disclosed

Key contact

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Partner

Patricia has been involved for years in sustainability matters. She is Past President of the Sustainability Committee of the Institute of Registered Auditor and a member of the commission "Certification of non-financial information".

Patricia has extensive knowledge and training in GRI.

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Deborah Fischer
Partner

Deborah is specialized in corporate governance and is certified in GRI G4. She has also followed various trainings in sustainability matters.
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Since several years, RSM Belgium is represented in the jury for the Award for Best Belgian sustainability report.

All information about this award can be found here: 

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Sustainability Services brochure

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