Get insights from 120 sustainability reporting professionals

The 21st of April 2021 was a day of tremendous activity from the European Commission within the sustainability area. Among other important decisions and proposals, the EU published a proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) aiming “to improve the flow of sustainability information in the corporate world. It will make sustainability reporting by companies more consistent, so that financial firms, investors and the broader public can use comparable and reliable sustainability information”. 

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To further encourage you as a sustainability reporting professional and inspire you for the upcoming reports, we have finalised the latest issue of “Words & Numbers”, this time with the focus on sustainability reporting. It can be downloaded as PDF. The report is based on the results of the survey “The Making of a Sustainability Report 2” that was conducted during the second half of 2020 and gathered 118 complete responses to its 71 questions(!). We would like to thank all respondents for their contributions and we hope you enjoy reading your report! 

This is the third issue of “Words & Numbers” and the second one focusing on sustainability reporting. The previous issue was published in 2019 covering the first reports produced according to the NFRD (Non-Financial Reporting Directive).

The survey encompasses many different aspects of producing sustainability reports, from organisation and budgeting, to scheduling, format and distribution. It also includes insights into the status of preparedness for the EU Taxonomy, stakeholder dialogue and data quality assurance. 

The idea behind the survey is to gather information and insights, compile and analyse these and share the knowledge with the professionals within the field of annual and sustainability reporting. 

We will return with a new survey in 2022. The exact topic is not set yet, but it will certainly include reporting of both sustainability and financial information, and probably include a lot of the developments within ESEF and tagging of sustainability data. If you have something that you wish to include, please send us an email on

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