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

J Environ Manage. 2017 May 1;192:292-301. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.01.074. Epub 2017 Feb 7.


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.

Keywords: Global Reporting Initiative; Organisational change management for sustainability; Public sector organisations; Sustainability reporting.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Organizational Innovation*
  • Organizations
  • Public Sector*