From XU Magazine, 
Issue 38

Spotlight Sustain: ESG Reporting Made Simple

Spotlight Sustain is more than just a new product, it's an affirmation of our mission to create disproportionate impact.

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting is now becoming an increasingly necessary aspect of business activity. Not only are enterprises recognising the need to be involved in ‘measuring what matters’ beyond the bottom line, but they’re also seeking solutions to the problems that organisations and communities face in this modern world.

Recognising this need, Spotlight Reporting has launched its standalone ESG reporting solution, Spotlight Sustain. With over 12 years of expertise in delivering engaging and actionable reports and forecasts to accountants, CFOs and advisors, Spotlight Reporting’s new Sustain product aims to streamline the ESG reporting process, access data from leading specialist providers, while also being highly customisable and adaptable to specific business needs and initiatives.

Designed for advisors, accountants and CFOs alike, Spotlight Sustain offers crucial functionality across all key areas of ESG, with the ability for reports to drill down on what the business or client is most interested in.

Through customisable templates, extensive graphs, and the ability to add additional commentary and imagery, Spotlight Sustain provides the means to deliver actionable and engaging reports on the following areas:

Environment: with a focus on improving impact, monitoring and reporting on environmental initiatives

Social: to develop and evolve company culture and structure, analyse and track social performance indicators

Governance: to report on governance while also taking into account specific measures relating to organisational oversight

To this day we remain a small but passionate team combining great software with the human touch. We continue to innovate and respond to customer needs, whilst also looking through a long lens at what our next disproportionate impact could be.  

We believe that if ever there was a time to create a new and positive ripple, it’s now. By now, everyone realises that our planet’s inhabitants and organisations are grappling with unprecedented change and how to measure, reduce and mitigate the consequences of our human activity and choices.  Transparency is lacking, the rules of engagement are unclear and we are still learning what it means to be good citizens and guardians of our world.

In a small way, we hope to use our decade-plus of reporting and forecasting experience to shine a light on ESG metrics and to encourage and educate the ‘sustainable-conscious’ organisations that want to ‘measure what matters’ beyond the dollar signs. This is us ‘leaning in’ alongside those in the front lines of carbon footprint mitigation, sustainability advisory, progressive accounting, leading certification organisations, and those encouraging and guiding momentum on diversity, gender, community and other aspects of sound governance and corporate citizenry.

We believe that by allowing a coalition of the willing – and yes, there will be compulsion increasingly too as regulators move beyond strictly financial measures of success and impact – to more easily report holistically across their spectrum of possible ESG measures and KPIs, we may just have a positive impact on actions and outcomes. If we can be a tiny part of the way forward on climate change, community endeavour, customer satisfaction and accessibility, sound and transparent governance and employee opportunity and diversity, then count us in!

By now you can tell that Spotlight Sustain has been a personal product journey for me and many on the team, too. After all, don’t we all want our organisations, people, communities and planet to thrive?

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