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Your top sustainability reads of 2015
30 December 2015
​As a momentous year draws to a close – a year which saw the world’s nations forge a landmark climate agreement at COP21, 193 United Nations Member States unanimously adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and the EU promulgate the Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information, you can say it was a year of action. 
2015 was the start of a new era, where businesses, governments and civil society joined together to carve out a new future for the world and generations to come. Collectively, these organizations envision a future where equal rights prevail, corruption is stamped out, poverty is eliminated and climate change is curbed. 
 
Realizing this future will require ambition, collaboration and innovation from us all. GRI has played an important role in the major developments mentioned above, demonstrating the value of sustainability reporting and the contribution that organizations have and will continue to make to this agenda. Our input into these key developments has given us unique insights which we have shared with you throughout the year through our news pages. What better time than the close of the year to take a look back at the top five stories you read in 2015:

Fresh from our attendance at COP21, we released a story on the four essential elements of success needed for the climate change agreement to be effective.




Future of Reporting: 2nd Analysis Paper 2025
Our second analysis paper from the Sustainability and Reporting 2025 project provided crucial insights into the future of reporting.


In November, we announced the upcoming transition from GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines to GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. Read all about this exciting development here.


We launched a new linkage document at the Fourth United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights ‘Linking G4 and the UN Guiding Principles’. To date, the publication has been downloaded over 10,000 times!



The fifth most popular news story was based on the SDG Compass – a new tool developed by GRI, UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to help organizations navigate and contribute to the recently launched UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Happy reading, and best wishes for a fruitful, prosperous and sustainable 2016!