Prioritizing High-Quality Sustainability Reporting Boosts Business Value and Resilience

Transparency, risk and opportunity management can help develop confidence in sustainability reporting


New Delhi : Prioritizing high-quality sustainability reporting based on consistent, comparable, and reliable sustainability data is crucial for boosting organisational value and resilience. Transparency, risk and opportunity management can help develop confidence in sustainability reporting. However, it is essential to have globally aligned sustainability reporting standards and independently verified disclosures in place to achieve this.

The ecosystem of sustainability reporting standards, guidelines, and enablers is complex and rapidly evolving. The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) is a step toward globally aligned sustainability standards that will drive consistency and comparability in sustainability reporting. Asian regulators are imposing more stringent sustainability reporting standards, including climate reporting obligations. Standardizing ESG reporting internationally is urgent to provide stakeholders with relevant yardsticks for evaluating the sustainability performance of diverse organizations.

Assessing sustainability performance across different countries remains chaotic, and significant international cooperation is required to streamline and simplify reporting standards. Businesses should focus on ensuring data is consistently acquired, meaningfully presented, and have clarity regarding measures that are similar across multiple reporting standards.

Investors are still concerned with materiality, making gathering and producing investment-grade sustainability data critical. Responsible sustainability reporting has a major influence on profitability, although many company executives still see it as distinct from, or even detrimental to, the bottom line.

Businesses must recognize that merely reporting data is insufficient. They need to adapt the way they do business to stay aligned with the evolving world. The concerns surrounding sustainability reporting must be reframed to encourage and assure sustainable development.

Businesses can no longer rely solely on profit and loss statements or earnings per share. Accountability in business planning is necessary, with a clear goal of recognizing emissions as consumption expenditures and business expenses. It is critical to determine genuine value.

The challenges with sustainability reporting across countries produce discrepancies at global, regional, and national levels, and multinational enterprises of all sizes continue to struggle.

While ESG has emerged as critical to a Company’s success, the tone from the top is crucial.

What is actually important are the concrete steps that firms are taking to incorporate ESG into their governance agenda. A strong commitment from the top levels of an organisation to operationalise ESG helps in transparent reporting.

Our Integrated Expertise

Over the last decade, Sustainability Reporting has undergone monumental changes. This is due to the increasing recognition within the finance sector of the powerful impact that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues have on financial performance and corporate value. As a result, many countries have experienced a dramatic surge in the number of companies reporting on sustainability, driven not only by new laws and regulations but also by global norms. At K&A, we continue to step up our efforts to partner with companies on their sustainability journey with our expertise from content to design. Till date we have already delivered more than 40 sustainability and ESG reports for our clients.

Commenting on the proliferation of sustainable reporting in Asia, Shreya Sarkar, and Editorial at, Kalolwala & Associates Pvt Ltd (K&A) said, “Integrated sustainable reports findings not only help regulators, business leaders, investors, but other interested stakeholders also to gain a better insight into the business and understand the existing context of companies and regulators in Asia. That’s why along with strategic prowess, we also provide insights and ideas that help organisations to gain sustainability strategies and practices and broaden the discussion about the path to equivalence or convergence of standards.”