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Step 8: Report Performance

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the reasons for reporting publicly on your social compliance program, and the benefits for your company.
  • Understand the nature and scope of the information that should be reported.
  • Get a sense of the work involved in preparing and issuing public reports.

Key Terms

Public Reporting—Communication that is made available to the public, through a variety of channels, about all elements of a company’s social compliance system.

In Their Own Words

“The responsibility to respect human rights requires that business enterprises have in place policies and processes through which they can both know and show that they respect human rights in practice. Showing involves communication, providing a measure of transparency and accountability to individuals or groups who may be impacted and to other relevant stakeholders, including investors.

Communication can take a variety of forms, including in-person meetings, online dialogues, consultation with affected stakeholders, and formal public reports. Formal reporting is itself evolving, from traditional annual reports and corporate responsibility/sustainability reports, to include on-line updates and integrated financial and non-financial reports.”

Source:  United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, 2011.

The links on the left-hand side of this page provide more information about reporting performance. It is recommended that you read them in the order presented; you can move from one section to the next without returning to this page.

Note:  Any references to companies or other non-governmental entities within this guide are only for informational purposes and should not be interpreted as an official endorsement of those entities, their products or services by the U.S. Department of Labor.