Reporting Tools


Introductory Reporting Tools

Basic Guide to the Communication on Progress

The Basic Guide to the Communication on Progress assists companies in understanding the minimum requirements for participating in the UN Global Compact and reporting through the Communication on Progress (COP). The guide includes practical suggestions and examples grounded in best practices from participating companies.

Basic Guide to the Communication on Progress (pdf)
Step-by-Step Guide to Submit a COP on the Global Compact Website (pdf)

Basic COP Template


This template was designed to guide smaller and less experienced companies in their communication on progress by offering an easy-to-use web-based template. More


GRI Level C Report Template

The “Let’s Report!” template was created by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in order to offer an easy way for organizations to prepare a basic GRI sustainability report. The template is available for free in different languages including Chinese, English, French and Spanish on the GRI website. Please note that in order to be accepted as a COP, a 'statement of continued support for the Global Compact' must be added to the template-based report.

“Let’s Report!” template

Advanced Reporting Tools

Comprehensive Guide to Communication on Progress (COP) and Differentiation: Transparency and Integrity, Learning and Progress

Provides comprehensive guidance on preparing COPs at the GC Active level and going beyond the minimum requirements to reach the GC Advanced criteria. The guide includes suggestions and examples grounded in best practices from participating companies. (UNGC, 2012)

 Comprehensive Guide to Communication on Progress and Differentiation (pdf)


GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework – G3.1 Guidelines

The G3.1 Guidelines outline a disclosure framework that organizations can voluntarily, flexibly, and incrementally adopt, regardless of size, sector, or location. The flexibility of the G3.1 format allows organizations to plot a path for continual improvement of their sustainability reporting practices..

G3 Guidelines


Making The Connection – Using GRI's G3 Guidelines for the COP

This guide, produced by the Global Compact in partnership with the Global Reporting Initiative, introduces and explores ways to address GRI and Global Compact COP requirements simultaneously. By linking the GRI G3 Guidelines to the ten principles of the Global Compact, Making the Connection assists companies in bridging the gap between the COP and other sustainability reporting vehicles.
Making The Connection (pdf)


Integrated Reporting

The International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) aims to create a globally accepted framework for accounting for sustainability: a framework which brings together financial, environmental, social and governance information in a clear, concise, consistent and comparable format. The goal is to facilitate the development of more comprehensive and comprehensible information about an organization’s total performance, prospective as well as retrospective, to meet the needs of the emerging, more sustainable, global economic model.
In November 2012, the IIRC launched the Prototype of the International Integrated Reporting <IR> Framework.  Releasing the Prototype Framework is an interim step intended to demonstrate progress towards defining key concepts and principles that underpin <IR>, and support organizations’ ability to produce an integrated report.  The final “version 1.0″ will be released in late 2013.  

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Issue Specific Reporting Tools


Human Rights COP Reporting Guidance

This guidance has been developed by and endorsed by the Global Compact's Human Rights Working Group to provide practical information on how companies can improve reporting on their implementation efforts, especially within the context of their annual Communication on Progress (COP).

Human Rights COP Reporting Guidance (pdf)

Reporting Guidance on the 10th Principle Against Corruption


The guidance is the most succinct, practical guide currently available to what anti-corruption aspects companies should report on. It equips business with a practical means to report on anti-corruption policies and actions comprehensively and effectively, as public reporting sends a strong signal to employees, investors and consumers, that a company is serious about clean business. (UNGC, Transparency International, 2009)

Reporting Guidance on the 10th Principle Against Corruption (pdf)

Caring for Climate and The Carbon Disclosure Project

The Carbon Disclosure Project aims to accelerate solutions to climate change by putting relevant information at the heart of business, policy and investment decisions. 2,500 organizations in some 60 countries around the world now measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies through CDP. This data is made available for use by a wide audience including institutional investors, corporations, policymakers and their advisors, public sector organizations, government bodies, academics and the public.

Carbon Disclosure Project

Corporate Water Accounting – An Analysis of Methods and Tools for Measuring Water Use and its Impacts


A stocktaking and assessment of existing and emerging water accounting methods and tools being used in the private sector. (UNGC/UNEP/Pacific Institute, 2010)

Corporate Water Accounting (pdf)


COP Team
UN Global Compact

(Last updated: 14 June 2011)