CSR tips for your reports

European taxonomy, CSRD... The financial report increases transparency on ESG themes. But what about the document itself? Whether printed or digital, a few good practices can make it even more respectful of the environment and our society. In this article, you will find some tips to help you create more ESG oriented reports.

For print versions

The subject of ink is essential for making eco-responsible choices. The objective is to use this material in an optimized way and to do this, several actions allow you to save it and to limit the impact of your printed report.

First of all, the choice of font to be used for your text is crucial. Thus, choosing “light” typographies allows you to use less ink. It is also recommended to avoid the so-called “ink-eating” fonts, particularly those that contain an extra bold format, which requires a lot of resources. You can also set the black color of your texts to 75%: it will come out gray and will be perfectly readable. Finally, adopt a text size that is readable in order to save paper. You can also choose a paper that comes from managed forests or that is recycled.

As for illustrations and other graphic content, it is essential to avoid solid colors: those are real over-consumers of ink. For a title, for example, choose a design that uses clipping masks or use outlines. Other best practices can help you make printed reports even more eco-friendly.

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For digital versions

Since 2021, the ESEF format requires companies to publish their annual report in XHTML format. It is also the format that matches perfectly with a CSR approach. Although this digital version has a lighter ecological impact than its printed alter-ego, it is not exempt from good eco-responsible practices!

Thus, it is strongly recommended to optimize its weight to limit its impact on the environment. Ensure that the size of the images and illustrations is reasonable. For a standard size image (small or medium), a weight of around 100 KB is more than enough. For larger formats, it is recommended not to exceed 500 KB. From a code perspective, the objective is also to optimize the weight of the document can be done with appropriate tagging. Apart from required and legal tags, use only relevant tags wisely.

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What about social aspects?

Social impact must also be taken into account in the CSR objectives of your reports. Contact your CSR manager to find out about the social aspect of your company’s CSR policy. For example, you will be encouraged to choose a solidarity labelled provider, in order to print your report.

These specialized work centers contribute to the social inclusion of people with disabilities or in a professional reintegration process.