Australia’s ESG Reporting Obligations – Are You Prepared?

As sustainability takes centre stage, Australia’s draft legislation on mandatory climate-related financial reporting highlights the urgent need for organisations to strengthen their ESG reporting.

What is ESG Reporting?

ESG Reporting is the disclosure of Environmental, Social and corporate Governance data.

  • Environmental
     Focusses on all aspects of sustainability, from waste and pollution to greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and more.

 

  • Social
    Encompasses everything from diversity and inclusion efforts to employee workplace conditions, pay parity and equality.

 

  • Governance
    Aims to examine how a business polices itself.

Why is ESG Reporting Important?

The need for comprehensive ESG disclosure has never been more pressing and enterprises need to recognise that ESG reporting is not merely a regulatory obligation but a strategic imperative. Regulators are not the only ones wanting improved ESG reporting, there is mounting pressure from investors and stakeholders.

Embracing transparency on sustainability can enhance:

  • Brand reputation
  • Mitigate risks
  • Attract investment
  • Drive long-term value creation.

 

However, navigating the complexities of ESG reporting requires advanced tools and technologies that go beyond traditional spreadsheet-based approaches.

 

A recent survey conducted by KPMG, identified nearly 50% of businesses are still relying on spreadsheets to manage their ESG data, highlighting a critical gap in robust reporting infrastructure. This reliance on outdated methods poses challenges in accurately capturing, analysing, and disclosing ESG metrics, ultimately undermining transparency, and accountability.

 

As organisations confront these new demands, it’s crucial to understand the fundamentals of ESG reporting and how it can be effectively implemented.

When do you need to implement ESG Reporting?

Mandatory ESG reporting for enterprises varies across countries.

 

  • New Zealand
    Reporting took effect from 2023

 

  • EU
    Regulations became effective 2024

 

  • US 
    The SEC introduced a phased approach for 2023/24

 

In Australia ESG reporting becomes effective in a phased manner for companies with revenue exceeding $500 million for the 2025 financial year.

While dates may vary, it’s crucial for organisations to stay abreast of developments and proactively prepare for compliance in advance. Early adoption of ESG reporting practices can position businesses to seamlessly transition into the new regulatory framework.

What ESG Reporting will be required?

The specific requirements are still being finalised through legislative processes and consultations; however, it’s expected that organisations will be required to disclose a range of ESG-related information, with a particular focus on:

 

1) Climate-related financial disclosures including:

  • Data on greenhouse gas emissions
  • Climate risks
  • Environmental impacts

 

2) Social initiatives

  • Diversity practices

 

3) Corporate Governance

 

The aim is to provide investors and stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of an organisation’s sustainability performance and resilience to environmental and social challenges.

ESG Reporting for Supply Chains

Most people will immediately focus their attention to the Environmental aspects of the Supply Chain (carbon emissions, sourcing of materials etc), however ESG reporting covers the entire footprint of supply chain operations.

 

Social elements can include the operational practices and policies and the impact that has on employees, while Governance refers to how well regulatory obligations and compliance demands are met across the supply chain.

How Radaro Can Help

Leveraging its expertise as a leading provider of enterprise-grade, last-mile delivery management solutions, Radaro can help address the “E” in ESG reporting.

 

By digitising your supply chain and centralising data within a single, integrated system, enterprises can gain actionable insights into the environmental performance of their operations, identify areas for improvement, and demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements.

Digitising your supply chain provides a wealth of data allowing you to:

 

  • Track fleet in Real-time
  • Accurately measure the distances travelled
  • Optimise delivery routes to minimise time on road and distance travelled

Utilising advanced analytics and purposely designed business intelligence reporting, Radaro enables transparency in your supply chain:

  • Total distance travelled
  • Average Distance per job
  • Total Carbon Emissions
  • Average Carbon Emissions per job
  • Carrier/Cartage/Business unit comparisons.

Radaro’s customisable reporting dashboards enable stakeholders to access timely and accurate ESG information, fostering greater transparency and accountability across the organisation.

Whether it’s tracking progress towards sustainability goals or responding to investor inquiries, Radaro equips businesses with the tools they need to stay ahead in an evolving ESG landscape.

 

Ready to lead the way in ESG excellence? Start your journey with Radaro today.