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GRI Podcasts

Beyond Reports is a monthly podcast from GRI, pioneer of the world’s most widely used standards on sustainability reporting.


 Beyond Reports


Each episode features the latest sustainability news, an interview with a member of GRI’s global multi-stakeholder community and insights on how sustainability data can empower action towards a better tomorrow. You can now subscibe to the podcast on iTunes



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Going digital

October 2018

There’s an increasing demand for sustainability data from investors, consumers, and governments, to name only a few groups. Thousands of the world’s largest companies are producing vast amounts of non-financial data and releasing it publicly, but the information disclosed in sustainability reports is not being used effectively - by companies themselves nor by their stakeholders. In this episode, we dive into the challenges and opportunities of digitalization in sustainability reporting. The guests include John Revess, Head of Sustainability at ABB; Michel Washer, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer at Solvay; and Alyson Slater, Chief Network Engagement Officer at GRI.


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Focus on water

September 2018

GRI’s updated Water & Effluents reporting standard was officially launched during the World Water Week. In this episode, we talk with Paul Reig from the World Resources Institute, who gives his view on the current state of water stewardship reporting and how we can make progress in getting closer to where we want to be. We also feature GRI’s Chief of Standards Bastian Buck, who explains the rationale behind updating the GRI Standards, and Standards Manager Anna Krotova, explaining what exactly has changed in the updated Water and Effluents reporting standard. 



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Sustainability ratings

May 2018

This month's Beyond Reports episode features an interview with Vigeo Eiris, a sustainability rating agency that uses Environmental, Social and Governance data to evaluate companies’ performance. The company’s Methodology and Process Manager, Keeran Gwilliam-Beeharee, tells us what makes a good sustainability report and lists some of the common challenges companies face in the process. We’ll also hear a report from Ireland, where GRI presented a preview of the new Occupational Health and Safety Standard, to be published in June.



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Why should investors care about sustainability data?

March 2018

On the March episode of Beyond Reports, we speak with Amanda Feldman, Director of the Impact Management Project. She talks about the project’s work to create a common understanding of how impacts on people and the planet should be communicated and managed. This ground-breaking work has the potential to help close the gap between the information companies disclose and the information investors want. We will also hear a report from London, as well as a word from our Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg, about the role of women and girls in the sustainable development agenda.  



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Business and human rights

February 2018

In our first episode of 2018, we talk with Caroline Rees, President of Shift, the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Caroline spoke to us about why companies should focus more attention on their human rights impacts. We also hear a report from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, where GRI’s Chief Executive Tim Mohin delivered an important message to world leaders. And we find out how GRI's Regional Hub in South Asia is helping local businesses contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.



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Swire Pacific on reporting in Asia

December 2017

Corporate social responsibility efforts are on the rise in Asia Pacific, in large part driven by new regulatory regimes, such as the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's requirements for listed companies. We hear from Swire Pacific's Sustainable Development Manager Mark Harper about the company's experience reporting in Asia, as well as investor demand for sustainability data. We also have a report from our Regional Hub US and Canada, which is gearing up for the second GRI Reporters' Summit in February 2018.



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Curbing carbon emissions

November 2017

With the UN Climate Change Conference, COP23, taking place in Germany early November, in this month’s show we’ll hear about the innovative ways Munich Airport is working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. We also have a report from our Regional Hub China, which is busy preparing for several Networking Events in the area later this month.



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GRI 20th Anniversary

October 2017

Returning from break, in this month's podcast GRI’s Chief Executive Tim Mohin talks about our 20th Anniversary, and the competition in the sustainability reporting landscape. We’ll also hear a report from New York, where leaders from around the world gathered last month to discuss the role of the private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

2016 episodes


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Episode 9
Chelsea Reinhardt

14 November 2016

This month Chelsea Reinhardt, Deputy Director of GRI's Standards Division, talks about the recent release of the new GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, how it is different from the G4 Guidelines and she gives some insights into the work the Standards division and the Global Sustainability Standards Board will take on in 2017.



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Episode 8
Vishnee Payen

29 September 2016

This month Vishnee Payen, Group Sustainability & CSR Manager at LUX Resorts & Hotels, talks about how hotel operator is using their sustainability reporting process to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. LUX Resorts & Hotels is a member of GRI’s GOLD Community.



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Episode 7
Dr. Suman Majumdar

25 August 2016

This month, Dr. Suman Majumdar, Chief Sustainability Officer at JSW Group, speaks about the sustainability challenges facing the manufacturing sector, as well as how the company has benefited from sustainability reporting. JSW Group is a member of GRI’s GOLD Community.



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Episode 6
Christina Burmeister

28 July 2016

This month, Christina Burmeister, Sustainability Project Manager at Deutsche Bank, speaks about the company’s efforts to make banking more socially responsible, as well as the EU Directive on Non-financial Reporting, which goes into force in 2017. Deutsche Bank is a member of GRI’s GOLD Community.




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Episode 5
Elaine Cohen

30 June 2016

This month, Elaine Cohen, founder of the social and environmental business consulting firm Beyond Business Ltd and member of GRI's GOLD Community, talks about the challenges facing businesses as they try to improve the quality of their sustainability reporting.



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Episode 4
Tamara Barker

17 May 2016

This month, Tamara Barker, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environmental Affairs at UPS, talks about the company’s global effort to reduce emissions via innovation and collaboration. She also talks at length about the company's perspective on sustainability reporting and how membership in GRI's GOLD Community benefits the business.



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Episode 3
Ernesto Ciorra

28 April 2016

This month Ernesto Ciorra, Head of Innovation and Sustainability at Enel, speaks with Bloomberg Sustainability Editor Eric Roston about innovation for sustainability and Enel's plan to go carbon-neutral by 2050. Enel and Bloomberg LP have partnered with GRI to convene the 5th GRI Global Conference, 18 - 20 May in Amsterdam.



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Episode 2
Dr. Nelmara Arbex

31 March 2016

This month Nelmara Arbex talks about the initial findings of the Sustainability and Reporting 2025 project in the new GRI publications The Next Era of Corporate Disclosure: Digital, Responsible, Interactive.



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Episode 1
Nikki McKean Wood

23 February 2016

GRI’s Media Relations Manager Davion Ford hosts the show, which includes news, interviews and forward-looking features. Episode 1 of the show features an interview with GRI’s Director of Corporate & Stakeholder Relations, Nikki McKean Wood, about the recent launch of GRI’s engagement program, the GOLD Community.