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Title:Award for Best Belgian Sustainability Report 2014
Date of publishing:December 10, 2014
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Award for Best Belgian Sustainability Report 2014
December 10, 2014

Beginning December the Institute of Registered Auditors (IBR/IRE) organised the 16th edition of the Award for Best Belgian Sustainbility Report. This initiative aims at boosting the integration of social responsibility within organisations and stimulating them to report on their activities with regard to sustainable development. Herwig Peeters, General Director of Forum ETHIBEL, was once again member of the jury.

The winners of the 2014 Award for Best Belgian Sustainability Report in the different categories are Befimmo SA (large enterprises), Bopro nv (SMEs), Vredeseilanden vzw, (NGOs) and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (other organisations).

As usual, the jury made some general remarks on this year’s submitted reports. The jury thus calls upon companies and organisations to select, compile and report information in a consistent matter and to present the reported information a manner enabling stakeholders to analyse changes within the organisation’s performance, and supporting comparability between organisations.

Further on the jury points to the importance of mentioning the context a company or organisation is facing at the time of publishing the report (e.g. todays’ economic and competitive context with its impact on employment, environmental issues,…). A sustainability report should contain more than good news only, and needs to report on weaknesses as well in order to provide full transparency.

Similar to last year, most reports are still rather ‘combined’ (presenting sustainability information in a separate section) than “integrated” (connecting sustainability information to the financial results). However a positive trend is noticed with more and more organisations taking the steps towards a sustainability report integrated within or combined the annual report.

For more information please visit the website of the Award for Best Belgian Sustainability Report.