Research Report Library

Our ‘library’ provides open access to useful research, including our research into sustainability reporting based on our the work we have done for our clients over more than a decade.

2016

ACCSR State of CSR Report 2016

 

 

2015

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Human Rights in Supply Chains: Promoting Positive Practice

 

ACCSR releases this report in a hallmark partnership with the Australian Rights Commission and the Global Compact Network Australia. The report combines seven years of ACCSR’s Review of the State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand annual research, with a national level survey of 90 Australian businesses, reporting on the state of practice in addressing human rights issues in their operations and supply chains.

Read about the experiences of four leading Australian organisations including Coles, Cotton Australia, David Jones, and Westpac and learn how to improve your organisations human rights impacts.

 

Materiality Reporting – What really matters

The concept of materiality sits front and centre within sustainability standards and guidelines such as The Global Reporting Initiative, the International Integrated Reporting Council, and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.

So central is the concept to contemporary sustainability practice, that materiality has become a sustainability buzzword that prompts organisations to undertake materiality reviews, primarily in preparation for annual reports.

Yet the true aim of a materiality review is to interrogate an organisations strategy and business model.

Reclaiming what's material - a fresh approach to materiality analysis for reporting, strategy, and business model appraisal

State of CSR Annual Reviews

Explore the reports and track the changes in CSR perceptions and expectations that have occurred over time.

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2015

The State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual Review 2015

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The 2015 report shows how CSR management capabilities are important to enable organisations to transition to the next level of CSR maturity. We also focus on the role and skills of the Chief Sustainability Officer. And you’ll learn who made it into the 2015 CSR Top 10 – the list of organisations ranked highest in CSR capabilities by their employees.

2014

State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual Review 2014
The tenth year – Progress and Prospects for CSR in Australia and New Zealand

2014 marked the tenth anniversary of ACCSR’s establishment as one of Australia’s earliest consultancies developed to meet the needs of the emerging management practise of CSR.

A record 990 survey participants noted some achievements over the last decade but they are not happy with the pace of progress within their organisations. This year’s Review suggests that future progress in CSR will be closely tied to innovation in the arenas of supply chain, environment, reporting and collaboration with stakeholders, as well as leadership support. We also highlighted a CSR Top 10 ? the organisations with the strongest CSR management capabilities.

The research this year was run in conjunction with Deakin University and Wright Communications.

State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual Review 2014

2013

State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual Review 2012/2013
Special Focus: Leadership in CSR

CSR leadership is missing in action in Australia and New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand CSR practitioners give high praise about CSR leadership to other organisations, but use more modest terms to describe examples of CSR leadership in their own companies, according to this research.

State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand Annual Review 2012/2013

2012

Materiality: A Stakeholder’s Perspective

What are the key issues that stakeholders want to read about in sustainability reports? Our research shows that stakeholders don’t necessarily want more information but they want better information, including about the local impacts of operations and their economic impacts.

With the Global Reporting Initiative’s new G4 guidelines and the Integrated Reporting guidelines launched, a focus on producing reports that are more relevant (material) is vital to meeting the new standards and improving reporting.

Materiality: A Stakeholder’s Perspective

 

Stakeholders as Readers of Sustainability Reports

Find out more about the issues and priorities stakeholders apply when reading sustainability reports. What are readers’ biggest concerns? The lack of balance and transparency in reports. This research also finds that companies experience the biggest boost in reputation following their first sustainability report but the added reputation benefit fades over time.

ACCSR produced this special report as part of its contribution to the Australian GRI Conference, held in Melbourne in March, 2012.

Stakeholders as Readers of Sustainability Reports

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2011/2012
The Innovation Challenge

Australian companies and organisations are missing out on creating new products, services and markets because they fail to take advantage of opportunities for innovation provided by their corporate social responsibility programs, according to this year’s Review. The research shows that CSR in Australia is still driven by the traditional perception that its value lies in enhancing reputation, reducing risk and facilitating regulatory compliance.

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2011/2012

2011

We found that the business case for CSR was becoming established. A feature this year was our industry snapshot which looks at CSR practices in 10 industry sectors in more detail.

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2011 - Summary Report
State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2011 - Industry Snapshot

2009

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2009

Our State of CSR in Australia: 2009 Annual Review showed that many businesses tied their CSR strategies more closely to their overall business strategy as a result of the Global Financial Crisis.

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2009

2008

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2008

Our first major State of CSR report comes in two volumes, one looking at drivers of business outcomes and performance as they relate to CSR, the other examining working in CSR in Australia.

State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2008 - Volume 1
State of CSR in Australia Annual Review 2008 - Volume 2