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Job opening: sustainability reporting consultant

 

Lundquist is at the heart of the transformation of corporate sustainability and is looking to expand its award-winning team to further its work in creating and implementing innovative solutions in sustainability reporting, communications and engagement.

 

We’re looking for an experienced and ambitious professional who has the flair to combine methodological rigour with stakeholder-centric, engaging solutions. We need a number-cruncher with incredible attention for detail who will support our clients in their sustainability reporting, specifically in terms of adherence to international guidelines and respect for regulatory requirements in non-financial disclosure, implementing stakeholder engagement methodologies, developing materiality analyses as well as setting in place and managing data collection and processes for measuring social and environmental impacts.

 

The position is full time and based in Milan with both English and Italian as working languages. Starting date: December 2016.

Wikimania 2016 – “Wikipedia is about building bridges, not walls”. A lesson for companies

Wikipedia_Wikipedia is about building bridges, not walls” – said the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales during the opening speech that kicked off Wikimania 2016: the 12th annual world conference on Wikipedia and projects alike that took place in Esino Lario, a small village of about 700 inhabitants in Nothern Italy.

 

We experienced this collaborative spirit first hand at the conference,  hearing from experienced Wikipedians also about the controversial role of companies editing the free encyclopaedia. We wrote a report on the topic, which is based on the Lundquist Wikipedia Research we have  carried out since 2008, including data as well as good and bad examples. Should you be interested you can download it for free here.

Users and uses: what the GRI will discover about digital transformation

Social media live stream

 

Three years ago, I was lamenting the lack of talk of digital and social at the last Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) conference sustainability reporting.

 

With all the talk of how engagement was supposed to become the key for determining the relevance of issues to different companies, stakeholders and contexts, it was surprising to me that so few made the connection with the way technology is transforming our system of relationships. Sadly, engagement has turned out to be principally carried out inside companies and in low-tech ways – interviews, surveys, focus groups, workshops. Connecting to a wider conversation is rare.

Four Top Mistakes Experts See in Online CSR Communication
Burnout! by Skley, on Flickr

 

And yet, when it seems that the hardest choices have been made, there it comes, the external opinion, the outside perspective. It’s the most unpredictable part of the process due to the variety of people out there with differing habits, expectations and opinions. What’s more, on-screen reading habits mean users will absorb only a small fraction of your actual content.

 

At Lundquist, we’ve been asking experts, professionals and stakeholders what frustrates them most while navigating corporate sustainability information online and engaging with companies. It’s research we’ve been doing over the past years as part of the CSR Online Awards, drawing on input from 1,600 people. We’ve been looking at the initial reactions in our latest survey, currently ongoing. Here are top four errors to avoid, according to the people who spend most time sifting through online CSR disclosures:

Our secret to sustainability communications: just ask…

Lundquist CSR Online AwardsIn much of the developed and urban world, digital is making life faster, more interconnected and more data-dependent. Our interactions have become more informal and yet more mediated thanks to the emergence of new communication platforms with their streams, algorithms and networks of connections.

 

What does this trend mean for sustainability and corporate responsibility (CR), concepts that (should) revolve around relations and interactions? How is it changing the way people engage on social, environmental and governance themes?

 

That’s a question we at Lundquist have been asking since 2007 as part of our CSR Online Awards. The 1,600 responses we’ve received over the years have provided illuminating insights. And it’s time to reach out again to all those involved in sustainability – whether professionally or personally – to take the pulse of how engagement is evolving in a digital age.

 

Have your say: join the survey now.

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