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The GRI Technology Consortium

As part of the next phase of the Sustainability and Reporting 2025 project, the GRI Technology Consortium convenes the world’s technology leaders to promote a conversation about how sustainability data and information can transform both business and policy decision making.
 

 About the GRI Technology Consortium

 

The GRI Technology Consortium – which is chaired by sustainability thought-leader and author John Elkington - was launched in December 2015 with the aim of convening the world’s technology leaders to promote a conversation about how sustainability data and information can transform both business and policy decision making. The consortium brings together over 30 technology leaders, who share the common goal of creating innovations from data and bringing the sustainability movement into the digital age. The consortium will highlight current and future solutions that use sustainability data to enhance decision making for both business and government. The group meets every quarter and through working groups, focuses on topics related to the liberation of data, to create an environment in which solutions to sustainability challenges are being brought to market.  

“GRI believes it’s time to move “beyond reports” and focus on the data produced during the sustainability reporting process. But we can’t do this alone - the solution requires a collaborative approach and the consortium will promote this conversation and highlight current and future solutions that use sustainability data and information to enhance decision making for both business and government.” - Michael Meehan, Chief Executive, GRI

 

 Chairman

 

John Elkington, Volans Chairman & Chief Pollinator since 2008 helped pioneer the modern era of corporate reporting. He co-founded Environmental Data Services in 1978 to investigate how business was handling safety, health and environmental issues. In 1987, John co-founded SustainAbility, where he coined the term ‘triple bottom line’ in 1994, and led the firm as it helped define the international sustainability reporting agenda.

“Annual reports have been the main focus to date, but the digital revolution will disrupt this field, too. Companies producing printed sustainability reports are like saddle makers thinking they were sitting pretty as the first Model T rattled around the corner. The Consortium is tapping some of the most radical innovators on the planet to help ensure that sustainability reporting is fit for the future.” - John Elkington, Chairman and Chief Pollinator, Volans

 

 Members

 

Consortium members come from several sectors – including technology companies, educational institutions, nonprofits/NGOs, and services firms – with the common goal of creating innovations from data to build a more sustainable economy and world.

Adobe Michelle Crozier Yates
Atos Pilar Barea
Boston College Katherine Smith
BSR Dunstan Allison Hope
cr360 Efrain Quiros
Dell Bruno Sarda
eRevalue Marjella Alma
G&A Hank Boerner, Lou Coppola
Gist Advisory Pavan Sukhdev, Hemant Bherwani
HP Ellen Jackowski
Infosys Aruna C. Newton
Lux Research Ory Zik, Arij Van Berkel
MIT SLOAN Jason Jay
MSCI Antti Savilaakso
Oracle Rich Wilkie
Oxford  University Richard Barker
 
QVS Consulting Erik Euwe
RobecoSAM Daniel Wild
Samsung Electronics Mark Newton
SAP Chris Zerlaut, Elmar Paul
Socrata Jeff Kaplan Cam Caldwell
Stealth Mode Startup Daniel Aronson
Synergio Jayanthi Desan
TCS Advait Valame
Thinkstep Robert Gabriel, Matthias Münzing
Tieto Christer Mattsson
Vigeo Fouad Benseddik
Volans John Elkington
WikiRate Philipp Hirche
Workiva Liv Watson

 

 

 Activities

 

The GRI Technology Consortium featured in the 'The Future of Reporting in Technology and Big Data' session at the 5th GRI Global Conference in May 2016 in Amsterdam. John Elkington and a number of members of the consortium presented the group’s first set of recommendations providing useful guidance to GRI’s global network on how to move from a world of paper and PDFs to a world where data is open and available to all.