GRI to launch new check service for G4 reports
07 November 2013

​On 2 December GRI is to launch a new service to check whether the most critical disclosures in reports based on the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines are located as stated, and can be easily found by readers.
​The new service reflects G4’s increased emphasis on the need for organizations to focus – both in the reporting process and the final report - on those topics that are material to their business and their key stakeholders. This ‘materiality’ focus will make reports more relevant, more credible and more user-friendly, enabling organizations to better inform markets and society on sustainability matters.

The service focuses exclusively on 11 disclosures related to materiality, boundary and stakeholder engagement. Reporting organizations that choose to take advantage of the service will receive formal acknowledgement from GRI that at the time of publication, the disclosures G4-17 to G4-27 from the GRI G4 Guidelines have been correctly located in both the Content Index as well as in the final report. This acknowledgement will be made via an official GRI-branded message which reporting organizations can include prominently in their report to communicate to their stakeholders that the report has been checked.

GRI will start accepting applications for the new service from 2 December 2013. The first 20 reporting organizations to apply for the service will receive it free of charge. Thereafter the check will cost €1750 - excl. taxes. The service is offered free for GRI Organizational Stakeholders.

Nelmara Arbex, GRI’s Chief Advisor on Innovation in Reporting, said: “This service is designed to assure readers and reporters alike that the most critical part of the GRI Content Index is correctly and clearly presented. The 11 disclosures relating to materiality, boundary and stakeholder engagement are the essence of G4.”

Further details of the service will be included in the December edition of the GRI newsletter.