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    International Trends and Practices on Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Institutions

    Leal, W ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1241-5225, Coronado-Marín, A, Salvia, AL, Silva, FF, Wolf, F, LeVasseur, T, Kirrane, MJ, Doni, F, Paço, A, Blicharska, M, Schmitz, M, Grahl, AT and Moggi, S (2022) International Trends and Practices on Sustainability Reporting in Higher Education Institutions. Sustainability, 14 (19). p. 12238. ISSN 2071-1050

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    Abstract

    Sustainability reports are regarded as important tools in offering information about the environmental, social, economic, and institutional performance of an institution, and in demonstrating a commitment to matters related to sustainable development. But even though sustainability reporting has been used by a variety of higher education institutions to date, it is not as widely practiced as it should be. To further investigate this topic, a twofold approach was used: a study focusing on sustainability reporting approaches deployed in a sample of 30 universities across a set of countries; and a survey with a sample of 72 universities from different global regions to assess the extent to which they are deploying sustainability reporting as part of their activities. The scientific value of the paper resides in the fact that it offers a comprehensive overview of the subject matter of sustainability reporting, and how higher education institutions handle it. It also outlines the efforts in developing these documents which may catalyse further progress in this key area.

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