Working with governments
Governments and sustainability reporting
Governments play a crucial and multi-faceted role in the field of sustainability reporting - as regulators, investors, reporters and policymakers.
Governments can drive transparency by implementing policies and regulations for sustainability reporting. They can stimulate the use of publicly reported information to foster public debate and support activities and initiatives committed to sustainable development. They can also convene multi-stakeholder events and participate in public-private partnerships that build the capacity needed to mainstream sustainability reporting and transition to a sustainable global economy.
As reporters, public agencies can set an example by being transparent about their policies and practices and asking their suppliers to do the same. In fact, several countries have legislation in place requiring state-owned companies to produce sustainability reports.