Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
17 March 2020

AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS
Dear friends,

As an international organization, with employees and stakeholders around the globe, GRI has been closely monitoring the developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. At all times we have been striving to respond appropriately, adhering to the expert advice from local and global health authorities, while continuing as much as possible to operate and provide services as usual within this ever-changing environment.

First and foremost, it is the health and wellbeing of our employees, reporters and partners that is our highest priority. In the past few weeks, as the public health impact of COVID-19 started to become apparent, we began to initiate several precautions. This has included postponing external events and meetings, introducing social distancing and robust hygiene protocols, and the closure of some regional office.

I would like to share a few thoughts on the steps that we have taken so far:

  1. Most of our employees have transitioned to remote working arrangements, which means that we are able to continue business as usual

  1. In place of physical meetings, we are using virtual solutions to enable stakeholder engagements through online platforms

  1. We have restricted all air travel, domestic and international, for GRI’s workforce

  1. We are using technology to enable our staff to stay in touch and work from home effectively – such as through messaging apps, collaboration tools and video calls

  1. We are regularly sharing updates and guidance with all employees, informed by expert advice

Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on three priorities: the wellbeing of our employees around the world; continuing our work with partners and managing any new challenges with resilience, dedication and hard work. Rest assured, we will continue to act thoughtfully and strive to navigate this situation with nimbleness – learning and adapting as new information is available.

GRI will communicate clearly and transparently with you throughout this difficult time. If you have questions or if there is anything we can assist with, please do reach out.

I urge every one of you to take care of yourselves and families, your colleagues and neighbours. It’s at times like these that our global community comes together with compassion and caring. We will weather the storm.

Best wishes,

Tim

Tim Mohin
Chief Executive
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)