Sustainability reporting in public sector organisations: Exploring the relation between the reporting process and organisational change management for sustainability

Ana Rita Domingues, Rodrigo Lozano, Kim Ceulemans, Tomás B. Ramos

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Abstract

Sustainability Reporting has become a key element in different organisations. Although there have been a number of academic publications discussing the adoption of sustainability reports in the public sector, their numbers have been quite low when compared to those focussing on corporate reports. Additionally, there has been little research on the link between sustainability reporting in Public Sector Organisations (PSOs) and Organisational Change Management for Sustainability (OCMS). This paper focuses on the contribution of sustainability reporting to OCMS. A survey was sent to all PSOs that have published at least one sustainability report based on the GRI guidelines. The study provides a critical analysis of the relation between sustainability reporting and OCMS in PSOs, including the drivers for reporting, the impacts on organisation change management, and the role of stakeholders in the process. Despite still lagging in sustainability reporting journey, PSOs are starting to use sustainability reporting as a communication tool, and this could drive organisational changes for sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-301
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume192
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

Keywords

  • Global Reporting Initiative
  • Organisational change management for sustainability
  • Public sector organisations
  • Sustainability reporting

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