The first step is the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. After this GRI will access the software/tool and will provide feedback on the necessary changes that have to be made to ensure that the use of the G4 Guidelines is correct. During this process the certification process fee has to be paid. When no further change is needed in the software/tool, GRI grants certification for a one year period in the form of a permission letter and logos that can appear in the software/tool and on the provider`s website. The software/tool will be included in the Certified Software and Tool Directory. At this point the initial copyright permission fee has to be paid. The certification can be extended every year if the software/tool provider wishes to do so. In this case, GRI will check if the use of G4 is still accurate in the software/tool, will provide the permission extension letter with updated logos and will issue an invoice with the renewal copyright permission fee. There is also possibility to add more languages and / or sector supplements to the original certification: a similar process has to be followed as described above.
The standard period of GRI permission to use GRI copyright protected content is one year from the day permission is issued. Permissions need to be renewed annually.
If an updated version of the certified software or digital tool is developed the organization should reapply for certification for the new version. The process will be determined by the agreement signed by the organization and GRI during the initial certification process.
Information on the pricing policy is available here.