New GRI Focal Point helps US companies improve sustainability reporting
03 November 2010

​The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched a new national representative in the US, helping US companies to tell the world about their sustainability by providing support to those who produce sustainability reports. The new ‘Focal Point USA’, launched in New York on Wednesday 13 October 2010, also aims to boost the number of US companies that produce sustainability reports.
​In addition to increasing the number of companies that produce sustainability reports in a consistent manner, GRI’s new ‘Focal Point USA’ aims to improve the quality of those reports, and to increase US organizations’ input into developing new guidelines for sustainability reporting.

Each of the ‘Big Four’ accounting and professional services firms in the United States – Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG and PwC U.S. – has agreed to provide donations to sponsor GRI’s new Focal Point USA for the first two years. The Conference Board has agreed to host the GRI Focal Point USA on a pro-bono basis during that same period of time.

With staff on the ground led by Director Mike Wallace in the United States, GRI will be better able to support companies producing ESG reports, by helping identify best practices tailored to US companies’ needs while connecting US organizations with the global GRI network.

Ernst Ligteringen, Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative, said: “We believe the new Focal Point will help drive an increase in the number of US organizations that produce, and therefore reap the benefits of, ESG reports. Also, by working more closely with US companies and organizations, we will be able to learn from their expertise and opinions, which will assist in the continuous process of refining our reporting framework for the benefit of organizations worldwide.”