This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Number of companies publishing sustainability reports, by activity
Activities include: Accommodation and food service activities; Administrative and support service activities; Agriculture, forestry and fishing; Arts, entertainment and recreation; Construction; Financial and insurance activities; Human health and social work activities; Information and communication; Manufacturing; Mining and quarrying; Professional, scientific and technical activities; Real estate activities; Transportation and storage; Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.
|Unit of measurement
Sustainability reports - the concept is not limited to stand-alone sustainability reports produced by companies, but considered as "reporting sustainability information" and expanded to other forms of reporting sustainability information, such as publishing sustainability information as part of the company’s annual reports or reporting sustainability information to the national government. This is to ensure that the focus of the indicator is on tracking the publishing of sustainability information, rather than on the practice of publishing stand-alone sustainability reports.
Company - while many companies report at the group level, many of their impacts will be local, and some subsidiaries or franchises produce separate sustainability reports. As a practice that should be encouraged, and one that is useful to monitor, it is therefore proposed to count both the group and subsidiary/franchise level separately, as separate entities. “Company” can therefore apply to either the parent company, or a franchise or subsidiary, depending on their reporting practices.
No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator.
The data displayed here is sourced from the SDG Global database. These data were provided to the SDG Global database by two custodian agencies, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The indicator is limited by the number of reports published on Environmental, Social and Governence (ESG) rating platforms and collected by global report aggregators.
For further information on how these data were calculated, please see the source metadata.
Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated
|17 August 2023
|Metadata last updated
|17 August 2023