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Dr Thorsten Alxneit PhD

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Sustainability Reporting Process Model using Business Intelligence

Sustainability including the reporting requirements is one of the most relevant topics for
companies. In recent years, many software providers have launched new software tools
targeting companies committed to implementing sustainability reporting. But it’s not only
companies willing to use their Business Intelligence (BI) solution, there are also basic
principles such as the single source of truth and tendencies to combine sustainability
reporting with the financial reporting (Integrated Reporting).

The IT integration of sustainability reporting has received limited attention by scientific
research and can be facilitated using BI systems. This has to be done both to anticipate the
economic demand for integrated reporting from an IT perspective as well as for ensuring
the reporting of revisable data. Through the adaption of BI systems, necessary
environmental and social changes can be addressed rather than merely displaying
sustainability data from additional, detached systems or generic spreadsheet applications.

This thesis presents research in the two domains sustainability reporting and Business
Intelligence and provides a method to support companies willing to implement
sustainability reporting with BI. SureBI presented within this thesis is developed to address
experts from both sustainability and BI. At first BI is researched from a IT and project
perspective and a novel BI reporting process is developed. Then, sustainability reporting is
researched focusing on the reporting content and a sustainability reporting process is
derived. Based on these two reporting processes SureBI is developed, a step-by-step
process method, aiming to guide companies through the process of implementing
sustainability reporting using their BI environment. Concluding, an evaluation and
implementation assesses the suitability and correctness of the process model and
exemplarily implements crucial IT tasks of the process.

The novel combination of these two topics indicates challenges from both fields. In case of
BI, users face problems regarding historically grown systems and lacking implementation
strategies. In case of sustainability, the mostly voluntary manner of this reporting leads to
an uncertainty as to which indicators have to be reported. The resulting SureBI addresses
and highlights these challenges and provides methods for the addressing and prioritization
of new stakeholders, the prioritization of the reporting content and describes possibilities
to integrate the high amount of estimation figures using BI. Results prove that
sustainability reporting could and should be implemented using existing BI solutions.

Dr Thorsten Alxneit

Director of studies: Dr Martin H Knahl
Other supervisors: Prof. Dr Monika Frey-Luxemburger, Prof. Steven M Furnell

Internal publications

Implementing CSR-related KPIs into Business Intelligence Landscapes
Alxneit T, Knahl MH, Frey-Luxemburger M, Furnell SM
Proceedings of the Seventh Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2011), Furtwangen, Germany, ISBN: 978-1-84102-295-6, pp1-11, 2011
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