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Transition to Standards

This year the GRI G4 Guidelines will transition to GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards). Following due process, the public comment period for the draft GRI Standards closed on 17 July 2016, and the feedback is now being considered.   

More information about the project can be found below, and in the project background document. You can also learn more by watching the Transition to GRI Standards Webinar.



​The Transition to Standards project was initiated in November 2015 by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB).
The original GRI G4 Guidelines are evolving into a set of modular, interrelated GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards).
The changes mostly involve improving the structure and format of the content from G4. This is intended to make the GRI Standards easier to keep up-to-date, and even more suitable for referencing in policy initiatives around the world.
The GRI Standards will include all the main concepts and disclosures from G4, enhanced with a more flexible structure, clearer requirements, and simpler language.
The transition aims to make the GRI Standards more accessible for reporting organizations and policy-makers, and so to encourage more consistent, higher quality sustainability reporting, focused on material issues.  



 GRI Standards Launch Events


​To raise awareness and to promote the adoption of the GRI Standards, GRI is organizing a series of launch events in cities around the world between November 2016 and May 2017. These events will introduce the GRI Standards to the established GRI network as well as to new audiences.

GRI is looking for partners to support the GRI Standards Launch Events; find out how you can get involved here.