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Sustainability Report Assurance

Consulting, Training and Report Assurance Services
Neil Mendenhall, Natural Resourcesphone icon510.452.8018 Email
sustainability report assurance

Your Sustainability Report plays a key role in conveying your organization’s commitment to triple bottom line value to investors, employees, customers and watchdog groups. Reporting frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and sustainability indices like the Dow Jones Sustainably Index (DJSI), recommend that sustainability reports undergo independent assurance. Find out how SCS can help you take your sustainability and CSR programs and reporting to the next level.

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Service Offerings

We provide customized solutions to meet your needs no matter where you are in the process. Our in-house experts can validate specific performance data or assure your entire report. Contact us to discuss how we can help you achieve more material, meaningful and comprehensive sustainability reports.

We Offer:

  • Report Assurance under the AA1000 AccountAbility Assurance Standard – Assurance is determined through an assessment performed by SCS, which covers four principles: inclusivity, materiality, responsiveness and impact.
  • Non-Financial Data Assurance (e.g., under ISAE 3000) – This includes assurance of specific data for Dow Jones, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and other reporting frameworks.
  • Sustainability Report Consulting – Review the processes for materiality, stakeholder engagement and data collection that underlie the foundation of your sustainability initiatives and reporting.
  • Report Assurance Training – SCS offers training and courses to educated sustainability leaders on the principles of Accountability that underpin the AA1000 Standard. This can help your organization develop more impactful reports and achieve positive assurance results.

Complementary SCS Services

Bundle multiple services and save! SCS offers many compatible corporate verification services such as carbon footprint measurement and verification under a variety of internationally recognized programs, water stewardship certification and consulting for your facility, zero waste consulting and certification, responsible sourcing advisory and verification for your supply chain, and more.

Benefits

Give stakeholders confidence in your organization’s reported performance. By working with SCS and utilizing our team’s sustainability expertise, we can assure that your sustainability report has the right type of content, the data are accurate, the content is material to stakeholder concerns, and that your sustainability goals are based on your materiality. With our strong focus on customer service, we will help you navigate your sustainability needs.

Here are some of the ways your organization can benefit from achieving sustainability report assurance with SCS:

  • Gain traction with investors who look for companies that are meeting the sustainability report assurance AA1000 Standard.
  • Receive access to our teams of experts in water, waste, greenhouse gases, carbon footprint verification, resource management, and more.
  • Increase the acceptance of your reported sustainability performance information when submitting to the CDP, GRI, or Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
  • Gain greater traction and visibility for your CSR report through the increased scrutiny provided by the report assurance process.
  • Mitigate risk by having a high-quality independent assurance body working with you.
  • Earn LEED credits.
Process

We provide the critical services companies need for ensuring stakeholder communications are effective and credible. The report assurance process is an open-loop format – SCS can jump in at any stage to help organizations fulfill their needs and progress to the next stage, with continuous feedback to act upon throughout the year.

Services Include:

  • Consulting
  • Materiality Review
  • Stakeholder Mapping and Outreach
  • Target Setting
  • Report Assurance and/or Data Verification

Example of the Report Assurance Process:

  1. SCS determines scope and provides client with an engagement letter, explaining responsibilities of the parties, timeline and costs. Scoping considers which standards are we using, what level and type of assurance you are seeking, the project boundaries, etc.
  2. SCS conducts a materiality assessment which includes a review of stakeholder feedback, social media, news and other online mentions to ensure material issues are transparent in the client’s sustainability report
  3. SCS performs data and process audit (either an on-site or desk assessment)
  4. SCS determines conformance to AA1000 Principles and any specific performance metrics, and provides an Assurance Statement as well as a Report to Management with the methods and findings

For immediate service:

Neil Mendenhall, Natural Resources phone icon 510.452.8018 Email Neil