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Save the date

GRI is pleased to announce the date of our next Global Conference, which will be held on the 18th through the 20th of May 2016, at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend.


 5th GRI Global Conference 2016


The 5th GRI Global Conference will be held 18 – 20 May 2016 at RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Join GRI and up to 1,500 sustainability leaders from around the globe to exchange leading-edge knowledge on sustainability best practices, innovations and trends that are empowering sustainable decisions and changing the world.

Empowering sustainable decisions

The 5th GRI Conference will create an inclusive platform to inspire and engage a truly global network of sustainability leaders.

GRI pioneered sustainability reporting in the late 1990’s and has since become the globally accepted standard for enabling business, governments and other organizations to understand and communicate their impacts on critical sustainability issues. As we move towards a new era of sustainability, it is clear that for information to truly empower decision making it must be more accessible, comparable and available in real time. GRI’s focus at the 2016 Conference is to deliver innovative sustainability content that embraces this new era, enable capacity building, networking, and peer-to-peer learning.


Watch the video recap of the last conference back in 2013.

Find out more about GRI's 2013 Global Conference here.


 Program - Coming Soon!


​What to Expect

The dynamic three days will include plenary sessions to inspire and motivate sustainability thought leaders and practitioners with high level and expert speakers.

Immerse yourself in six themed tracks with twenty breakout sessions (including two academic sessions) in addition to fourteen master classes, eight regional and three breakfast sessions, all to consider new ways to approach innovative solutions. Address sustainability progress through key themes on; reporting standards, smart policy, facing the challenges, innovation and collaboration and moving beyond reports through technology and data. Share your first hand experiences and best practices through interactive discussions, workshops and debates.
Enjoy the social side to sustainability, with receptions, dinners and moments to celebrate. The marketplace is at the heart of the conference and will provide a meeting place for networking, exhibitions and an interactive hackathon.


 Master classes selected

​GRI received an excellent response to the open request for proposals to host a master class at the 2016 conference, with 30 organizations submitting 48 different proposals.
A final selection of 14 master classes where successfully chosen, with a wide variety of engaging topics that enrich the program.
The classes have been divided across two days:
Wednesday 18th May
Organization​ ​Title of Master Class
Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR)​

Social license to operate

​CLT envirolaw Human rights reporting: law and best practice
Deloitte​ ​Show me the impact! Materiality and its reflection in G4 Reports
ERM, Inc.​ ​The Politics of Sustainability
Greenstone​ ​How to breathe life into your sustainability data
LEGEND and LANDESA ​How to address land access, human rights, and business risk
GRI​ ​Data from GRI reports
Friday 20th May
Organization​​ Title of Master Class​
Bureau Veritas UK Ltd.​ ​Reporting - a tool for advancing sustainability
​Enact ​Two dimensions of reporting on human rights - true due diligence and reporting frameworks
KPMG​ ​Corporate Responsibility Reporting: Lessons from leaders.
Randstad​ ​Inclusive society - Public-Private partnership to combat youth unemployment
STREAM Management​ ​Management Techniques to handle sustainability effectively
Sustainalytics​ ​Materiality and Boundary - The Silver Bullet for Investors and corporate professionals
​Weber Shandwick ​Sustainability Communications: The New Rules of Engagement



​Amsterdam RAI

'Creating a great environment to meet’ is the name of Amsterdam RAI’s approach to be a leader in the field of sustainability within Europe’s conference and events industry. It comprises three focus areas:
  • Improving wellbeing – creating social added value for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Reducing environmental impact – organizing events with the lowest possible effect on the environment.
  • Empowering communities - organizing and facilitating events that help connect and inspire people.

Amsterdam RAI has received three gold awards for sustainability: EarthCheck Gold, Green Key Gold and AIPC Gold.

Waste policy
A crown achievement for Amsterdam RAI’s commitment to sustainability was reaching the milestone of ‘zero waste’. Amsterdam RAI has been actively optimizing its waste policy since 2007 as a result of which 100% of its waste is now recycled. At the same time, total waste reduction has been reduced by 30%.


Amsterdam promotional video

I amsterdam website