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20 years of defining the sustainability reporting


Two decades after pioneering the sustainability reporting process in 1997, GRI is now the world's established pre-eminent sustainability standard setter. Through 20 years of work that has defined the reporting landscape, we have evolved our reporting framework in line with the collective understanding of sustainability, to incorporate new topics and best practices as they emerge.

Thanks to our multi-stakeholder approach, the GRI reporting framework is universal and any organization, of any size, in any sector of the economy, anywhere in the world, can access best practice reporting for free, to effectively measure, manage and communicate their sustainability impacts with its stakeholders.  
Small non-profit, big impact
Over our 20-year journey, we have created an outsized impact on the global economy, environment and society. We have helped more than 7200 organizations use our reporting framework to disclose their sustainability impacts, and trained nearly 30,000 professionals to establish a sustainability reporting process. 
With currently fewer than 100 employees, we engage companies, financial institutions, governments, labor organizations, civil society and citizens from around the world in our mission to build an equitable, inclusive and sustainable future.
Working directly with governments around the world, GRI is contributing to advancing sustainable trade, investment and development in emerging countries, which will help lift millions of people out of poverty and reduce social and economic inequality. 
We continue to play a key role in harmonizing efforts between various sustainability reporting frameworks and initiatives, a prime example being the recent groundbreaking collaboration with the UN Global Compact, ‘Business Reporting on the SDGs’. 
Our global network of core supporters, the GRI GOLD Community, comprises over 500 leading organizations from 68 countries – many of which have revenues larger than the GDPs of entire countries and supply chains spanning the globe. The GRI GOLD Community is playing a crucial role driving the evolution of responsible business. 
See how we've evolved in our timeline below, and watch the video highlighting 20 years of driving global change.

Click below for the Anniversary video: Driving Global Change Since 1997.