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Most Read Reporting and Finance Stories of 2011

Every day this week we’ll be looking at a different aspect of environmental and sustainability management and counting down the top stories that grabbed your attention this year. Today’s topic: reporting and finance.

Here are Environmental Leader’s top 15 reporting and finance stories for 2011, based on reader interest:

15: Major Gaffes and Gaps Plague CSR Reports, Study Finds

Incorrect and irrelevant data, unsubstantiated figures and major gaps abound in company CSR reports, according to a study of more than 4,000 reports from the U.K.’s University of Leeds and France’s Euromed Management School…

14: Sustainability Reporting Methods ‘Outdated’

The current once-yearly model of commercial sustainable development reporting is looking increasingly out of date and will be replaced by myriad forms of reporting, according to research by Acona and SABMiller…

13: Investors Blast 43 Firms for ‘Contradictory’ Climate Stance

Investors led by Calvert Investment Management and Walden Asset Management accused 43 companies including AT&T, GE, GM and Ford of taking contradictory positions on climate change by sitting on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, which aimed to strip the EPA of its powers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions…

12: Voluntary Carbon Market Surges, Global Carbon Trading Stalls

The voluntary carbon market shrugged off policy failures and the closure of the Chicago Climate Exchange in 2010 to post a 34 percent surge in volume to a record 131 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) worth at least $424 million…

11: First Steps to Creating a Corporate Sustainability Report

Getting started on sustainability reporting can seem like a daunting task. Dale Hart, partner at CSR marketing strategy firm Methodologie, said it doesn’t have to be…

10: GRI Unveils Updated Sustainability Guidance – ‘Most Comprehensive Available’

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) released the G3.1 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, featuring expanded guidance on issues including local community impacts, human rights and gender, as well as environmental, product responsibility, labor, governance and other existing GRI categories…

9: CFO’s Sustainability Role Still Growing, E&Y Says

Recent trends in corporate sustainability are changing the CFO’s role in the three critical areas of investor relations, external reporting and financial risk management, according to an Ernst & Young report…

8: Puma Reveals ‘World’s First’ Environmental P&L Results

Puma announced the first results of its Environmental Profit & Loss Account, valuing the greenhouse gas and water consumption impacts of the company’s operations and supply chain at €94.4 million ($133.5 million)…

7: Big Four Audit Firms Lead Sustainability Assurance Services

The Big Four financial audit firms are the top “green counters,” too, leading the market in corporate sustainability assurance services, according to a Verdantix analysis of global sustainability assurance providers…

6: Environmental Reporting Pressures Greater than Ever

Environmental managers are responsible for reporting ever-larger amounts of data, which they need to dissect in more and more ways, according to participants in an Environmental Leader webinar…

5: Coke, HP Lose Places on Sustainability Index

Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard and natural gas producer Encana were dropped from, and Societe Generale was be added to, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index…

4: Puma Promises World’s First Environmental Profit & Loss Statement

Puma announced its intention to produce an Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) statement, which the firm called a first for the corporate world…

3: Scope 3 GHG Reporting Standards Finalized

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol published two standards to help businesses measure, manage and report GHG emissions beyond their own operations, including the finalized version of long-awaited scope 3 guidance…

2: Australia Considers Killing Camels for Carbon Credits

Adelaide-based company Northwest Carbon suggested Australia solve its feral camel crisis by allowing companies and individuals to receive carbon credits for shooting camels by helicopter or truck, or herding them and taking them to slaughterhouses…

1: P&G Begins Rating Suppliers

Procter and Gamble released the second version of its environmental sustainability scorecard, moving from benchmarking suppliers to rating and rewarding them…

Other “most read” lists:

Most Read Paper and Packaging Stories of 2011
Most Read Energy Management Stories of 2011
Most Read Environmental Management and Sustainable Business Stories of 2010

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