GRI appoints Bastian Buck as Director, Sustainability Reporting Standard
29 November 2013
​Bastian Buck speaking at GRI's 2013 Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bastian Buck as GRI’s Director Sustainability Reporting Standard from 1 December 2013.

​GRI, the most widely used Sustainability Reporting Framework in the world, is already the de facto global standard for organizations committed to disclosing their sustainability goals and performance. As Director, Sustainability Reporting Standard, Mr. Buck will lead the ongoing development and implementation of GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Framework as it prepares to become a formal international standard setting body.

As well as leading on the strategy and development of the Guidelines, Mr. Buck will have ultimate responsibility for the operational management of GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards department.

To ensure that the GRI Guidelines are developed and governed in the most robust and independent way possible, and for the sole purpose of the public interest, the workplan and activities of GRI’s Standards Department will be carried out independently from the organization’s dissemination, outreach and fundraising activities.

Mr. Buck will be responsible for the further development and enhancement of GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Framework as required, in order to continue to serve the public interest and provide the best and most up-to-date guidance for effective sustainability reporting for organizations of all sectors and sizes.

After more than seven years with GRI and the recent successful completion of G4 – the fourth generation of GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – Mr. Buck brings in-depth institutional knowledge of GRI’s technical development history, a detailed understanding of the sustainability reporting landscape, and longstanding experience with GRI’s multi-stakeholder approach. Mr. Buck is a member of the Technical Taskforce of the International Integrated Reporting Council and has spoken publicly on sustainability reporting in more than 40 countries. He will report to GRI Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen.

Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen said: “Having played a key role in the successful development and launch of G4, Mr. Buck is ideally qualified to take the GRI Framework forward as sustainability reporting becomes ever more mainstream for organizations across the globe.

“His in-depth experience and expertise in global corporate non-financial disclosure practices and trends, and his proven track record in the management and facilitation of international multi-stakeholder processes, will prove a major asset as GRI moves into a new phase as an international standard-setter, in order to better fulfill its mission to make corporate transparency and accountability standard practice.“

G4, the fourth generation of the GRI Guidelines, is designed to be universally applicable to all organizations of all types and sectors, large and small, across the world. G4 includes references to other widely recognized frameworks, and is designed as a consolidated framework for reporting performance against different codes and norms for sustainability. In addition to enhancing the relevance and quality of standalone sustainability reports, G4 also offers a widely recognized global standard for sustainability information to be included in integrated reports.





About GRI

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) promotes the use of sustainability reporting as a way for organizations to become more sustainable and contribute to a sustainable global economy.

GRI’s mission is to make sustainability reporting standard practice. To enable all companies and organizations to report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance, GRI produces free Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

GRI is an international not-for-profit organization, with a network-based structure. Its activity involves thousands of professionals and organizations from many sectors, constituencies and regions.