One-stop-shop for 2021 reporting needs

Published date: 25 January 2021

New and improved services to help companies deliver better reports

GRI is continuing to evolve the support services available to help organizations deliver sustainability reports that effectively communicate their impacts on the economy, the environment and society.

All of GRI’s services are available remotely and online, with the focus on using the GRI Standards effectively to produce high quality reporting that meets the information needs of stakeholders.

For those getting started with the GRI Standards, or for companies that would like to transition to an ‘in accordance’ GRI report, the newly launched Kickstarter workshop gives a broad understanding on the reporting process. From how the Standards are structured to key concepts such as stakeholder engagement, impacts and materiality, this intensive, four-hour session incorporates both group discussions and practical exercises. 

For more experienced reporters, there are opportunities to improve how they align their report with the GRI Standards. The alignment check services complement each other and focus on the different areas of the report context index, helping ensure published reports are easier to use, with clarity and accuracy on which Standards and disclosures have been applied and where the reporter information is located.

Reporters can use one or more of the alignment services, depending on their needs: 

  • Content Index Service: A full review of the GRI content index to help ensure an accurate, user-friendly and clearly labelled index that meets the requirements in the GRI Standards.  
  • Materiality Disclosures Service: Assess how easily stakeholders can locate the materiality disclosures, so that the final report communicates the materiality assessment clearly and accurately.  
  • Management Approach Disclosures Service: Checks to ensure that all required management approach disclosures are correctly included and referenced in the content index.  
  • SDG Mapping Service: Makes the Sustainable Development Goals easily traceable in the reported information and maps against the GRI Standards in the content index, bringing clarity and transparency on the organizations’ contributions to the SDGs.

We are very happy to continue offering our report services in 2021 to both reporters and consultants. Last year was difficult for many companies, but we are proud that we supported more than 500 organizations with alignment checks. Both the Kickstarter workshop and Management Approach Disclosures service have been recently developed, as we respond to the need of reporters. We are looking forward to working with many more organizations this year to support them in their reporting journey.”

Shivani Rajpal, GRI Director of Training and Services

“Working with GRI for the Materiality Disclosure Service was a pleasure, as their team is professional, efficient and supportive, with open communication in almost real-time. This service ensured consistency on our material issues and has strengthened our reporting by focusing on generating high-quality information for our stakeholders. Using the GRI Standards ensures CEMEX is always one step ahead. With non-financial reporting now mandatory in several of the countries we work in, we can meet these demands through the information we already disclose in our GRI report.”

Erika Riojas De Hoyos, Sustainability Analyst with Mexico-based building materials company CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V

We collaborated with GRI in 2020  to deliver the Content Index Service for a major Russian electric utilities company, which brought us both sound results and an enjoyable experience. We are grateful to our colleagues at GRI for their professional services and approach. This helped us deliver an accurate and more effective report, which consequently was recognized in both national and international reporting awards.”

Ksenia Malikova, Senior Consultant with Nexia Pacioli, a business consultancy in Russia

Alongside reporter services, GRI also delivers a range of reporting tools. Online professional development is supported through the GRI Academy, in addition to training by GRI Certified Training Partners.