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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Public Reporting and a More Sustainable Army

Title:
Public Reporting and a More Sustainable Army

Abstract:
The United States Army has embraced the goal of incorporating sustainability into its operations, all the while meeting its primary mission to defend the United States. The Army also has indicated a desire to be both transparent and accountable, so it has adopted a recognizable reporting framework ­ as outlined by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). This review considers the Army's response to the GRI framework in its recent sustainability report, and points out opportunities to strengthen both. It also makes recommendations to improve the Army's reporting and goal-setting efforts by making them more meaningful and more measurable. Such changes are necessary to achieve full sustainability, especially given the many challenges facing an organization as large and diverse as the Army. While making these changes, progress must be communicated to both internal and external audiences ­ especially the general public ­ in clear and substantive terms. This report further outlines how Army personnel can become leaders in global sustainability reporting and suggests that numerous benefits will result from setting well-articulated, appropriately scaled goals and tracking progress toward those goals over time. [PDF, 95 p.]

URL:
http://libweb.wes.army.mil/uhtbin/hyperion/CERL-TR-09-11.pdf

Source:
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
April 2009

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