GRI receives generous institutional support from a number of governments and their agencies, including the Swedish International Development Organization (Sida), the Swiss-based State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BuZa).
In September 2016, GRI and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) launched the second phase of the Corporate Sustainability and Reporting for Competitive Business (CSRCB) program for a rollout of four years. The program helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the developing world, use sustainability reporting to gain better access to global value chains. Entering global value chains will contribute to creating more job and income opportunities in the target countries. The program is being implemented in Colombia, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru, South Africa and Vietnam and it builds upon the first phase of the program, launched in 2012.
In April 2015, GRI signed a grant agreement with the UK Government - Department for International Development (DFID) for the rollout of a four year program. This program is designed to ensure regular updates of the GRI Guidelines (with a specific focus on land tenure), outreach and awareness in African priority countries, and the creation of a Monitoring Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) system to ensure outcomes, impacts and effectiveness of GRI’s activities are adequately measured and lessons learned are fed back into the design of new activities.
In October 2013, The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BuZa) signed a contract with GRI to establish a GRI Focal Point in Colombia. This project supports the transition from aid to trade, and supports the creation of an inclusive and green economy in Colombia, and the wider region. The Regional Hub Colombia was officially launched on June 4, 2014 in Bogotá, Colombia. The scope of this project is to stimulate sustainability reporting and help businesses adopt more sustainable practices to strengthen their own operations and competitiveness nationally and internationally, and to adopt more inclusive business models that benefit sustainable development of the region. The program is endorsed by a group of leading Dutch companies and the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry of Colombia. With the help of a local representation in Bogotá, GRI has established or fostered local networks and dialogue on sustainability management and reporting, thereby using synergies with already established and relevant local structures.
In November 2015, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) signed a contract with GRI to implement a short-term project called ’Accelerating Climate Investment through Better Data and Reporting’. The primary aim of the Project promoted by the grant is to demonstrate how better data and information gathered through the sustainability reporting process can be used by policy makers to shape enabling framework condictions unlocking private climate investments.
GRI receives invaluable support from foundations:
Fundación ONCE - In 2014, GRI and Fundación ONCE, the leading organization of the European Network for CSR and Disability (CSR+D), joined forces to design a resource guide on disability in sustainability reporting. The guide, co-funded by the European Social Fund, is designed to help organizations communicate their commitment to respecting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities, as well as to better understand the business value of disability. GRI and Fundación ONCE will continue collaborating during the following years to further promote this resource and accelerate the inclusion of people with disabilities in all spheres.
The GRI GOLD Community
The members of the GRI GOLD Community are GRI’s core supporters – they play an important governance role and provide key funding for GRI’s activities. GRI’s GOLD Community Program connects nearly 600 organizations from more than 60 countries – including 32 developing countries – committed to advancing sustainability reporting. Companies and organizations in the program are drawn from civil society, business, mediating institutions, investors, labor, public agencies and intergovernmental bodies, and range from thought-leading multinationals to small enterprises. Learn more…
All GRI projects and events are funded by a diverse range of corporate and organizational donors, as well as providers of in-kind support.
GRI also offers a range of supporting products and services, including publications, training programs, and Report Services and certified software.
Previous institutional supporters have included:
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the European Commission, Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GE Foundation, International Finance Cooperation (IFC), John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Soros Foundation, the United States Environment Protection Agency, UN Foundation, World Bank.
There are many ways to get involved in GRI. One is to provide funding or in-kind support. Doing so supports the continuous development of the Reporting Framework, and GRI's mission of making sustainability reporting standard practice. You can:
- Become a member of the GRI GOLD Community
- Provide financial support to a program, project or event
- Provide unrestricted core funding
- Provide in-kind support
All contributions to GRI are valuable. Contact GRI to find out more.