The key to sustainability information: GRI's new Sustainability Disclosure Database
14 December 2011

​A wealth of sustainability data, hard to find in thousands of reports, will now be unlocked thanks to a new database launched on Wednesday 9 November 2011.
The new Sustainability Disclosure Database includes data on the sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency of over three thousand companies worldwide.

Sustainability performance data is increasingly important to markets worldwide. In 1975, on average 80 percent of a company’s value came from tangible capital – finances and assets. Today, on average 80 percent of a company’s value is intangible – for example customer trust, brand value and stakeholder relations.

The new database will enable companies, investors, analysts and other stakeholders to compare and analyze data from reports for free, getting a better picture of companies’ sustainability strategy and performance, long-term viability and impacts on society and nature.

Ernst Ligteringen, Chief Executive of GRI said: “Financial figures are no longer enough to get the full picture of a company’s performance. Stakeholders of all sorts want to take a company’s sustainability performance into account too, to have an idea of the long-term viability of the organization.”

“There is a wealth of sustainability information in thousands of reports from companies around the world that is currently not easy to access. The new database will make this information easily accessible, enabling companies and investors to benchmark and analyze transparency,” added Ligteringen.

The database is a hub for sustainability disclosure, featuring sustainability reports that use the GRI Guidelines and those that follow other guidance. The database includes references to sustainability guidance from different organizations, including the Carbon Disclosure Project, ISO, the OECD and the UN Global Compact. GRI plans to expand the scope and depth of its data collection and analytical functionality over time.
José Luis Blasco Vázquez, Partner in charge of Climate Change and Sustainability Services at KPMG for EMA region, said: “We may be witnessing the most important transformation in corporate transparency and disclosure in recent decades. A significant percentage of the hundred largest global asset managers already take into account non-financial criteria when building investment portfolios. This database assists investors in accessing more robust and comparable information, bringing sustainability data into closer alignment to financial reporting data.”

The database was built with the support of KPMG Spain and its software provider Baetica. A global team of 22 GRI Data Partners collect information from companies in their region, populating the Sustainability Disclosure Database with information.

Available in English and Spanish, the database is an updated; more user friendly version of the Reports List that enables companies to upload information and link to their reports. This provides companies with a powerful tool, helping them engage with stakeholders and get feedback on their reports and performance through links with social media.

The database is now live at:

Any organization can profile its sustainability report on the database. If your organization is not yet included, please complete the standard Report Registration form and return it to Report Registration. GRI will then create a profile and provide you with a special access link with which you can update your information and add reporting examples. If you are already profiled on the database but have not received a special access link, please send an email to Report Registration.

Sustainability reporters have a special role to play in ensuring the database and information hosted therein is as complete, up-to-date, and relevant as possible: improve the database and your organizational image!