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Sustainability at the Conference

GRI aimed to make the Global Conference a responsible event and leave a legacy of change in the host city of Amsterdam. The event’s impacts will be covered in GRI’s next sustainability report.

 Sustainability at the Conference


Stakeholder Engagement and Sustainability Objectives


GRI is committed to managing its sustainability impacts and improving its performance. GRI reached out to stakeholder groups with a pre-Conference online survey, to understand their main environmental, social and economic concerns about the event.

For six weeks respondents were able to rate 35 topics in order of importance, all related to disclosure items in the G3.1 Guidelines and Event Organizers Sector Supplement (EOSS).

90 respondents identified 21 material topics for GRI to report on.

copy of the Conference’s sustainability information is now available.

Further information on GRI’s management approaches, including policies and procedures relevant for the Conference, will be available in GRI’s next sustainability report, due to be published in early 2014.

GRI’s sustainability goals for the Global Conference:
  • Use less than average energy, benchmark with comparably-sized conferences
  • Provision of tap water for drinking
  • Produce less than average waste, benchmark with comparably-sized conferences
  • Separate waste streams
  • Promote use of public transport and bicycles
  • Offset attendee travel to and from Conference
  • Diverse speakers in terms of gender, geographic origin, sectors, and types    of organization
  • Diverse participants in terms of gender, geographic origin and sectors, and types of  organization
  • No discrimination
  • Socially inclusive Conference
  • Accessible Conference
  • Ensure wellbeing and health and safety
  • Address all complaints
  • Follow GRI fundraising policies and procedures
  • Offer 70% of menus as fresh, local, organic, seasonal and/or sustainable produce
  • Highlight most sustainable hotel options
  • Create legacy and behavior change, including by launching the G4 Guidelines 

 Carbon Offset Partner



Offsetting unavoidable emissions is an internationally- recognized way to assume responsibility for them. GRI worked with Climate and Development experts Climate Care to offset the Conference’s carbon emissions, with the award winning LifeStraw Carbon for Water project.
This project is delivering safe water to more than 4.5 million people in Kenya, generating significant carbon reductions and improving economic circumstances. If you’re interested in supporting this project, please click here to see a short video.

The LifeStraw Carbon for Water Project

lifestraws.pngKey Project Facts
Safe drinking water to 4.5 million people.

A World First
The first project to link carbon credits with water provision, at scale.

Improved Health
Studies are underway to monitor expected health improvements
Local Jobs
4,000 jobs created - distributing filters, training and monitoring use.