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  • Using sustainability data to enable transformational change
    20 May 2016
    The sustainability report has been the cornerstone of non-financial disclosure for decades, but this is set to change. The new era of corporate disclosure is going to be digital, responsible and interactive. New and innovative approaches to disclosure are arising, focused on the data in the reporting process rather than the reports themselves.
  • UN Global Compact and GRI Strengthen Collaboration for the New SDG Era
    20 May 2016
    ​20 May 2016, Amsterdam. Today the UN Global Compact and GRI announced a renewed Memorandum of Understanding at the 5th GRI Global Conference outlining continued collaboration over the next three years, notably in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Trust and Transparency: Building Better Business and Policy worldwide
    20 May 2016
    ​“Delivering a better future is not just an option, it’s a necessity. There is no Plan B,” urged Lise Kingo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, as she opened the fourth and final plenary of the 5th GRI Global Conference. Lise Kingo’s speech set the stage for a lively debate on the importance of trust and transparency for building better businesses, stronger economies and a more sustainable world.
  • GRI and DIHR partner to bridge business and government action on human rights
    19 May 2016
    ​19 May 2016, Amsterdam. Today, international sustainability standard setter GRI and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) announced a new partnership to enable business and government action to improve human rights around the world.
  • GRI launches Digital Reporting Alliance
    19 May 2016
    19 May 2016, Amsterdam. Today, international sustainability standard setter GRI announced its newest technology initiative, the Digital Reporting Alliance, on the second day of the 5th GRI Global Conference. The Digital Reporting Alliance will address two key challenges in sustainability reporting: the lack of structured data and the lack of demand for digital reporting. The initiative will create the technical infrastructure for digital reporting by promoting an XBRL taxonomy and a platform for filing digital reports. The founding of the alliance coincides with the release of the first set of exposure drafts of GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards which are now available for public comment.
  • Innovation for Sustainable Development: The role of private sector collaboration
    19 May 2016
    ​The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have ushered in a new era of global development objectives that ambitiously aim to reduce greenhouse gases, eliminate poverty, and increase economic opportunities around the world. The active participation of business is a principle driver in achieving these goals.
  • Sustainability leaders convene for a move beyond reports to build a transparent economy
    18 May 2016
    ​18 May 2016, Amsterdam. Today, international sustainability standard setter GRI opened the first day of its 5th Global Conference, welcoming more than 1100 attendees from 77 countries and more than 200 speakers to the Dutch capital. 
  • Sustainability 20 years on: Are we making a difference?
    18 May 2016
    ​We are all part of a pioneering movement that has transformed the way organizations around the world identify, communicate and act on their sustainability impacts. Much has been achieved over the past 20 years, but as we enter a new era of sustainability, we must tackle the big challenges and the urgency needed to create a more sustainable economy and world in a fundamentally different way.
  • Take a dive into the GRI Conference Marketplace!
    17 May 2016
    ​The 5th GRI Conference opens its doors tomorrow, in eager anticipation of the 1,200 registrants looking to sharpen their knowledge on the cutting-edge tools and techniques that will carry us forward into the new era of digital, responsive and interactive corporate disclosure.
  • Pedal power: One man’s sustainable journey to the 5th GRI Global Conference
    11 May 2016
    ​Some people go to great lengths to travel sustainably: Matthias Mengeling, Sales Manager at WeSustain in Germany is cycling 400km from Hannover to Amsterdam to attend the GRI Global Conference next week. Here we discover his motivations for making the journey on two wheels.
  • Transition to Standards: Your Questions Answered
    04 May 2016
    ​There is growing global demand for a common reporting language as the next era of corporate disclosure will be more digital, responsible and interactive. Sustainability information will be used to understand an organization’s risks and opportunities and to inform strategic decision making.
  • Our sustainable future relies on SMEs embracing new reporting practices
    04 May 2016
    ​Following the global signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement earlier this month, GRI is bolstering its efforts to enable the private sector to contribute through the sustainability reporting process. GRI recently announced its new partnership with the world’s largest private sector network, the International Organization of Employers (IOE) as part of its ongoing efforts to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular.
  • New RobecoSAM study reveals GRI Standards fit for investment-grade disclosures
    03 May 2016
    ​3 May 2016, Amsterdam and Zurich. International sustainability standard setter GRI and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing (SI), have today released the research publication Defining What Matters: Do companies and investors agree on what is material? The publication, funded by the Alcoa Foundation, examines whether the information companies disclose in their sustainability reports correlates with what investors want to know. The study found general alignment between disclosed topics and investor interests. The research also indicates GRI’s approach to materiality is appropriate as a basis for disclosures to investors, as it gives a broad perspective on risk. Additionally, these new findings indicate a number of ways in which companies can improve their disclosures to make them even more relevant for investors.
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member
    03 May 2016
    ​In this new era of sustainability and the post-2015 Development Agenda, businesses are taking action towards a more sustainable world, but a transformational effort is required by all actors to unlock the real value of sustainability data. The GRI GOLD Community offers organizations around the world a unique opportunity to join a collaborative, global multi-stakeholder network to do exactly this.
  • An interview with Jessica Cheam, Editor and Founder of Eco-Business
    03 May 2016
    ​Here, we talk to Jessica Cheam, experienced journalist in business, politics and the environment, and founder of the award-winning online publication for Asia Pacific's sustainable business community – Eco-Business.
  • GRI urges businesses to go beyond carbon as world leaders sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement in New York
    22 April 2016
    ​The Paris Climate Change Agreement opens for signatures today during a high-level ceremony convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York. All Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) are invited to sign the agreement. 
  • First set of GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards released for public comment
    19 April 2016
    ​19 April 2016, Amsterdam. The first set of exposure drafts of GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards) is now available for public comment. For a period of 90 days, anyone can review the initial set of six GRI Standards and offer feedback to the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), the independent standard-setting body, which acts in the public interest to develop and approve GRI Standards.
  • GRI and IOE partner to advance private sector action on sustainable development
    18 April 2016
    ​18 April 2016, Amsterdam and Geneva. International sustainability standard-setter GRI and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the world’s largest private sector network, have announced a partnership agreement outlining their intent to stimulate business action on sustainable development.
  • Enel partners with GRI at 2016 Global Conference
    12 April 2016
    ​Rome and Amsterdam, 12 April 2016. Global power company Enel has partnered with international sustainability standard-setter GRI ahead of the 5th GRI Global Conference: Empowering Sustainable Decisions, which takes place in Amsterdam 18-20 May, 2016.
  • Meet GRI's Stakeholder Council
    07 April 2016
    UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 calls for a renewal of the global partnership for sustainable development. Fostering multi-stakeholder partnerships like GRI’s Stakeholder Council is one of the ways GRI is working to achieve this goal.
  • An interview with Bloomberg’s Sustainability Editor, Eric Roston
    06 April 2016
    ​Journalist Eric Roston has been overseeing sustainability news coverage at Bloomberg LP since 2011, and over the past 15 years has worked on climate change from virtually every angle, including publishing the popular science book, ‘The Carbon Age’. Eric Roston will be moderating all four plenary sessions at next month’s GRI Global Conference. In this exclusive interview, we discover his views on the key sustainability challenges of our time, and, what action is needed to solve them.
  • Due Process Oversight Committee Announced to oversee activities of the GSSB
    06 April 2016
    ​​GRI is pleased to announce the formation of the Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC). The DPOC have an integral role to play in GRI’s standards-setting activities, ensuring that the activities of the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) are conducted in accordance with its due process. The due process is crucial for ensuring public and stakeholder confidence that GRI Standards are being appropriately developed in the public interest.
  • Policy makers raising the bar on sustainability reporting worldwide
    06 April 2016
    Good guidance by stock exchanges on environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting helps to ensure better quality corporate information, which can ultimately lead to more sustainable market economies.
  • Climate Change Refugees: Are we prepared for the real impacts?
    06 April 2016
    ​The Asian region experienced the most weather- and climate-related disasters in the world between 2000 and 2008 and suffered the second highest proportion (27.5%) of total global economic losses. What initiatives are taking place in the region to combat the very real danger of climate change?
  • Revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development
    06 April 2016
    ​The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships.
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member
    05 April 2016
    ​​In this new era of sustainability and the post-2015 Development Agenda, businesses are taking action towards a more sustainable world, but a transformational effort is required by all actors to unlock the real value of sustainability data. The GRI GOLD Community offers organizations around the world a unique opportunity to join a collaborative, global multi-stakeholder network to do exactly this.
  • Beyond Reports: Enabling Business Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    01 April 2016
    ​The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the next steps that humanity has set for itself towards ensuring a healthy, fulfilling life for all, on a healthy planet. Calling for ending poverty, gender equality, safeguarding our environment and climate, strong institutions, education for all, or sustainable consumption and production, these new global goals will require all of us to take action for a better world.
  • Action on Climate Change: GRI and CDP Announce Latest Guidance for Organizations
    17 March 2016
    With the global cost of climate change impacts predicted to stand between US$ 2 trillion - US$ 4 trillion by 2030,* there is no greater time for action.
  • GRI and TCS combine strengths to drive change
    09 March 2016
    ​The sustainability landscape is constantly changing and we have always believed in the need for innovation. Successful innovation requires a new spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness in the reporting field, ensuring organizations work together towards a common goal of building trust in businesses and governments.
  • Reporting Trends with Sustainability Expert, Wim Bartels
    09 March 2016
    ​In this interview, Wim Bartels, shares his expert insights into current and future trends of sustainability reporting and provides advice for organizations wanting to create high quality sustainability reports which inform their critical decision making.
  • Bloomberg LP announced as Lead Media Partner for the GRI Global Conference 2016
    09 March 2016
    9 March 2016, Amsterdam. Today GRI announced Bloomberg LP as Lead Media Partner for the 5th GRI Global Conference taking place 18 - 20 May 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The GRI Conference, which already has more than 100 expert speakers confirmed, attracts more than 1,500 sustainability leaders from around the world. It will provide three days of thought provoking plenaries and sessions, with a focus on how technology can leverage sustainability information to empower better strategic decision making to address the world’s critical sustainability issues.
  • Sustainable development in the world’s fastest growing reporting region
    09 March 2016
    ​​This week, GRI is convening a group of dignitaries, ambassadors, political leaders and CEOs from across the ASEAN region in Manila to discuss the importance of sustainability in Asia’s rapidly growing economies. This marks the start of GRI’s increased outreach and presence in the region to support the development of a sustainable ASEAN economy.
  • Transition to Standards: New format to enhance the quality of global reporting
    09 March 2016
    ​In November 2015, the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), an independent standard-setting body created by GRI, approved plans to transition the GRI G4 Guidelines to GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards). Here we provide a more detailed overview of the project, and the Public Comment Period beginning in April.
  • GRI announces new South East Asian Office in Manila
    08 March 2016
    ​8 March 2016, Manila. GRI, pioneer of global corporate sustainability reporting, announced plans to increase its presence and activities in the ASEAN region. As the provider of the world’s most widely used standards for sustainability reporting, GRI is leveraging its vast global network of reporters and strategic partners in over 90 countries to support the development of a sustainable economy across the region.
  • Say Hello to GRI’s Latest GOLD Community Member
    08 March 2016
    ​In this new era of sustainability and the post-2015 Development Agenda, businesses are taking action towards a more sustainable world, but a transformational effort is required by all actors to unlock the real value of sustainability data. The GRI GOLD Community offers organizations around the world a unique opportunity to join a collaborative, global multi-stakeholder network to do exactly this.
  • Greater Reporting Needed on Equality to Close the Gender Gap
    07 March 2016
    ​To coincide with International Women's Day on 8 March, GRI calls on organizations to help close the gender gap by increasing their reporting on gender equality.
  • GSSB to revise ‘Employee / Worker’ terminology for GRI Standards in line with ILO Standards
    01 March 2016
    ​GRI Standards are designed to enhance the global comparability and quality of sustainability information, resulting in greater transparency on economic, environmental and social impacts. The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) strives to align GRI Standards with international norms and standards that they reference or seek to be compatible with. This includes the ILO Standards and other guiding instruments.
  • GRI launches GOLD Community to shape the future of sustainability
    16 February 2016
    ​​16 February 2016, Amsterdam. Today GRI launched a new membership and engagement program, the GRI GOLD Community, building on its collaborative, global multi-stakeholder network. The GRI GOLD Community consists of diverse companies and organizations from across civil society, business, mediating institutions, labor and intergovernmental agencies, united in the belief that greater transparency is a catalyst for change towards a more sustainable economy and world. More than 550 organizations from 69 countries are part of the GOLD Community, representing more than 35 sectors of the world’s economy.
  • 20 years on: Is sustainability reporting actually making a difference?
    11 February 2016
    It’s a question all sustainability practitioners face: is sustainability reporting making a difference? At GRI, we believe the answer is yes. But we also know there’s still much more that needs to be done to create a sustainable economy and world that lifts people out of poverty while preserving our precious resources. Still, it’s important to keep in mind how much progress we’ve collectively made in a short period of time.​
  • Sustainability Reporter, Elaine Cohen gears up for the GRI Global Conference!
    03 February 2016
    ​Sustainability Reporter at Beyond Business, Elaine Cohen is well versed in the conference circuit. As a long-standing participant of the GRI Global Conference, Elaine is gearing up for this year’s conference in May. Here she shares some of her conference insights.
  • Latest research reveals a growing divide in global trust levels, but business stands to win
    03 February 2016
    There’s good news, and then there’s great news for business, according to the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer – the annual global study which tracks trust in four global institutions (government, business, media and NGOs). Trust has reached its highest level since the Great Recession, and business received the largest increase in trust (6%) among the “informed public” (those with at least a college education, who are very engaged in media, and have an income in the top 25%).
  • Making the connection: The real effect of ESG on Corporate Financial Performance
    03 February 2016
    ​From the use of sustainability information in business intelligence to the actual creation of new lines of business, sustainability information isn’t just for CSR professionals. It is for investors to enable greater trust in their investments, customers in their products and services, and citizens in their governments. And the benefits of non-financial information go beyond trust – it can improve corporate financial performance.
  • GRI Commits to the 2030 Agenda with a new Sustainable Development Strategy
    03 February 2016
    ​Today, GRI announced its five-year sustainable development strategy, which outlines how the organization will chart the path towards greater sustainable development over the coming years. 
  • Business Contribution to the SDGs: Making it Happen
    03 February 2016
    Following the launch of a new Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development established during the World Economic Forum last month, the role of business in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has become even more pronounced. 
  • Boost your sustainability skills and join this year’s GRI Global Conference Master Classes
    13 January 2016
    ​The GRI 2016 Global Conference in May will embrace the new era of sustainability with a focus on how non-financial information can help empower better decision making to create a more sustainable economy and world. It will feature innovative and inspiring stories by sustainability leaders who are creating transformational change. 
  • Interview with newly appointed Deputy Director, GRI Standards Division
    13 January 2016
    ​Developing GRI Standards following a Due Process Protocol and multi-stakeholder process continues to be a key focus of the GRI Standards Division. As we begin the transition from sustainability reporting guidelines to Sustainability Reporting Standards, the Standards Division at GRI is expanding.
  • Share your knowledge: standards and policy initiatives on assurance of non-financial information
    13 January 2016
    ​​Sustainability reporting helps organizations to be transparent about their impacts on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others, in addition to the risks and opportunities they face.
  • Foreign Direct Investment: the unspoken collateral damage of climate change
    13 January 2016
    ​Although the focus of the recent Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris was on climate change with regard to carbon and energy, and the need for more fossil fuel divestment and legally binding agreements, the wider effects of climate change are often overlooked by business and governments.
  • Say Hello to Banco Banesco!
    13 January 2016
    Organizational Stakeholders (OS) provide valuable support for GRI: they contribute their expertise, play an important governance role, and invest through annual financial contributions. This month, GRI warmly welcomes Banco Banesco to the OS Program.
  • 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. 
  • GRI convenes Technology Consortium to unlock power of sustainability data
    21 December 2015
    ​GRI, architect of the world’s sustainability data is convening a new technology consortium to spur on innovations that will foster more inclusive and sustainable economies and businesses.
  • GRI’s Combined Report for 2014-2015 just released!
    18 December 2015
    ​Today, we are publishing our combined report for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015. This report is both a reflection on the year at GRI, and a guide for the future – an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the organization. ​It is not only a window to GRI and our work, it’s a strategic document for ourselves, our stakeholders, and our network, and demonstrates the true value of sustainably reporting. 
  • GRI Launches GOLD Roundtables Program in USA
    15 December 2015
    ​GRI, architect of the world’s sustainability data, has announced a series of local roundtable meetings to support the professional development of North American sustainability reporters. The GOLD Roundtables will promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among local reporting organizations and empower them to generate better reports and to unlock new ways to use their sustainability data. GRI Gold Roundtables will have a maximum of 30 participants, who will meet quarterly in either of two locations: San Francisco and Atlanta.
    14 December 2015
    ​GRI was present in Paris to witness the intense negotiations leading up to what is now being hailed as the most historic agreement for the future of our planet. For the first time, every nation on Earth has committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, to keep warming well below 2-degrees Celsius, and to pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5-degrees Celsius.
  • Keep it in the ground: One newspaper’s campaign to highlight climate change
    02 December 2015
    ​With the word’s hopes on Paris this week and the start of the 21st annual meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), we spoke to Nabeelah Shabbir, Journalist at the Guardian, to find out about their award-winning campaign (accolades include the British Journalism Award for Campaign of the Year 2015) which brings climate change into firm focus.
  • Launch of a Greek language version of G4
    02 December 2015
    ​With the Greek translation of the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, we aim to make sustainability reporting more accessible for more companies – especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greece.
  • Taking GRI’s new vision ‘Down Under’
    02 December 2015
    ​Australia’s sustainability network got up close and personal with GRI’s Chief Executive Michael Meehan at a series of events in Melbourne and Sydney in November. Conversations with GRI’s Organizational Stakeholders and over 250 others, sparked discussions around the recent announcement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of business.
  • Adding some Latin American Spirit to the GRI Global Conference 2016
    02 December 2015
    ​In the run up to GRI’s Global Conference next May, we’ve been on the road holding conference preview events in Latin America to showcase the value of the GRI Global Conference and hearing local views on sustainability reporting and what they hope to gain from the conference.
  • Say Hello to the Nigerian Stock Exchange
    02 December 2015
    ​Organizational Stakeholders (OS) provide valuable support for GRI: they contribute their expertise, play an important governance role, and invest through annual financial contributions.
  • FEATURED REPORT: Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK)
    02 December 2015
    ​Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) is a statutory body wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Established in 1995, AAHK is responsible for the operation and development of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). AAHK strives to reinforce HKIA's status as an international and regional aviation center and an engine of economic growth for Hong Kong.
  • G4 in numbers: have you made the switch?
    02 December 2015
    ​The GRI G4 Guidelines were introduced in 2013 at the 4th GRI Global Conference amidst great anticipation. This latest version of the Guidelines would place more emphasis on materiality – what matters, where it matters. As 2015 comes to an end and we prepare to close all services associated with previous versions of the GRI Guidelines (G3 and G3.1), we take a look at the transition to the GRI G4 Guidelines.
  • GRI takes the plunge: producing our first Externally Assured Report
    02 December 2015
    External assurance of sustainability reports is recommended in the GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. It provides both report users and internal managers with increased confidence in the quality and completeness of sustainability performance data, making it more likely that the data will be relied on and used for decision making. 
  • The road to sustainability: An Insider’s View
    02 December 2015
    ​It has been a busy year for sustainability, with the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), the current climate change talks at COP21, and recent high profile scandals impacting public trust in businesses and governments. The world is turning increasing attention to important sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, among many others.
  • COP 21: A catalyst to move beyond reports
    26 November 2015
    ​Climate change involves business risks and opportunities beyond carbon and energy, including human rights, resource constraints, biodiversity and many others. As the world’s focus turns to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties next week and the need for a crucial international binding agreement on climate change, we’re looking ahead to the developments in sustainability reporting which will enable businesses across the world to take action. 
  • GRI launches resource to enable greater transparency on human rights
    16 November 2015
    ​16 November 2015, Geneva. GRI, pioneer of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards, today launched its latest Linkage Document at the Fourth United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights. 
  • Are Australian companies pulling their weight in the fight against climate change?
    13 November 2015
    ​Australia, a nation of the great-outdoors lovers, has many reasons to protect its landscape against the detrimental effects of climate change. And according to a recent report released by the CSIRO earlier this month, more than three quarters of Australians agree climate change is happening. Yet are Australian businesses pulling their weight compared to those in other world regions? ​
  • Sustainability and Reporting 2025 Forum: A Futurist's View
    04 November 2015
    ​Last month, as part of the ‘Sustainability and Reporting 2025’ Project, we convened business executives and thought leaders from various fields at a trends forum in Rome to explore what the next 10 years of sustainability and reporting might look like. One of the speakers, Amy Zalman, CEO at World Future Society, provides her take on the discussions.
  • Bolstering the SDGs: Declaration of the Global Employers' Summit
    04 November 2015
    ​The International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the largest global network of the private sector held its first annual global summit from 6-7 October in Bahrain. The summit was hosted by the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, H.R.H. Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
  • Featured Report: Votorantim Cimentos
    04 November 2015
    ​Votorantim Cimentos has been in the construction materials business (cement, concrete, aggregates and mortars) since 1933, and is one of the largest companies in the sector. It has an annual production capacity of 54.5 million metric tons of cement and revenues of R$ 12.9 billion in 2014. Votorantim Cimentos has a network of operating units that are strategically located near the most important, fast growing consumer markets. In addition to Brazil, the company has a presence in a further 13 countries, namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, India, Morocco, Peru, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States and Uruguay.
  • Spreading the word: Sustainability Reporting Workshops in Bangladesh
    04 November 2015
    ​GRI Regional Hub South Asia was busy in October attending three separate events in Bangladesh to highlight sustainability reporting among various industries, namely, the financial sector, DSE 30 listed companies and the telecommunications sector.
  • Eric Hespenheide
    Introducing the Global Sustainability Standards Board
    04 November 2015
    Strengthening GRI’s role and credibility as a public standard setter is a key organizational priority and will enable us to continue developing the world’s most trusted and widely used sustainability reporting standards. Since January 2015, we have implemented changes to our governance structure to recognize the importance of standard setting being a public interest activity, and to further strengthen the independence of these activities. A separate governance body – the Global Sustainability Standards Board – was created to develop and approve GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards) going forward.
  • The OS Program: Leading the Sustainability Reporting Movement
    04 November 2015
    ​Motivations for joining GRI’s Organizational Stakeholder (OS) program are as diverse as the nearly 600 participating organizations. GRI’s OS are located in 68 countries, contributing to the network with local perspectives on sustainability and reporting from Andorra to Zimbabwe, OS represent more than 40 different sectors – and yet all OS share their powerful commitment to GRI’s vision of a future where sustainability is integral to every organization’s decision-making process.
    04 November 2015
    ​4 November 2015, Amsterdam. The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), an independent standard-setting body created by GRI, approved plans to transition the GRI G4 Guidelines to GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards). The plans focus on a new modular structure and on transitioning the existing G4 content into this new format. In future, the GSSB will no longer issue generations of Guidelines as it has done historically. Instead, GRI Standards will be updated on an ongoing basis following public input into the GSSB work program, upholding the importance of the robust multi-stakeholder principle in the development of GRI Standards. The GSSB work program also includes the further development of sector standards.
  • New e-learning course on sustainability reporting
    07 October 2015
    ​With a global community spanning thousands of reporters, experts and advisers, it is GRI’s strategic priority to support its extended network with up-to-date tools and guidance on sustainability reporting – no matter how remote their location or time-zone. To maximize our global reach, in a sustainable way, and continue to help build expert knowledge on sustainability reporting, we are shortly launching our first online course, under the GRI E-learning program. 
  • Featured Report: Premier Oil
    07 October 2015
    ​Premier Oil is a leading FTSE 250 independent exploration and production company, headquartered in the UK, with oil and gas interests in the North Sea, South East Asia, Pakistan and the Falkland Islands. Premier Oil understands the importance of a consistent track record of responsible and effective performance in order to earn a social and legal license to operate. Read about their approach to sustainability reporting here.
  • Future of reporting: deeper integration, greater scrutiny
    07 October 2015
    ​The second analysis paper from GRI’s ‘Reporting 2025 Program’ has just been released, providing greater insights into the shape of reporting over the next decade. Among many interesting predictions, one key realization is clear: the next decade will require concrete action from all organizations on what really matters if we are to truly create a more sustainable economy and world.

  • Strengthening GRI’s role as a public standard setter
    07 October 2015
    ​GRI is committed to ensuring the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. This year, we have been implementing governance structure changes intended to strengthen the independence of the governance and management of the standards aspects of our work, and to meet the requirements expected of a public standard setter. As part of these changes we are pleased to announce the launch of a new Independent Appointments Committee (IAC).
    05 October 2015
    ​​​Organizational Stakeholders (OS) provide valuable support for GRI: they contribute their expertise, play an important governance role, and invest through annual financial contributions.
    25 September 2015
    ​GRI has upgraded its Sustainability Disclosure Database. The UN Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.6 – Live Tracker, provides information that governments and other corporate stakeholders can use to understand how the uptake of sustainability reporting is progressing around the world. The Target 12.6 – Live Tracker can be found now on GRI’s Sustainability Disclosure Database.
    09 September 2015
    ​Last month we reported on the amendment by the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) to the Rules Governing the Preparation and Filing of Corporate Social Responsibility Reports, which stated that companies of a certain size and sector listed on TWSE are required to report using G4 Guidelines. This month we turn our attention to a further mandatory requirement for certain listed companies on the TWSE: external assurance.
    01 September 2015
    ​Organizational Stakeholders (OS) provide valuable support for GRI: they contribute their expertise, play an important governance role, and invest through annual financial contributions.
  • GRI and Australia partner to improve lives across Pacific
    31 August 2015
    ​​Today, GRI, pioneer of the sustainability reporting process, and the Australian government announced a new partnership to increase corporate transparency across Southeast Asia. With funding of $1,000,000 over 15 months, the partnership will promote sustainable trade and investment in Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea and Australia.
  • Votorantim Feat Report
    05 August 2015
    ​Votorantim Industrial, a Brazilian company active in 19 countries, has been producing sustainability reports for the last five years and is constantly striving to improve its reporting processes. The company operates in various sectors including Cement, Metals, Steel, Energy, Pulp, and Agribusiness. Take a look at their approach to sustainability reporting, and the sound advice they give to newcomers.
    05 August 2015
    ​GRI’s Deputy CE, Teresa Fogelberg, recently attended the third International Conference on Financing for Development. Read her thoughts about the connection between sustainability reporting and international efforts to enable sustainable development.
    05 August 2015
    The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) – the independent body responsible for developing and issuing the Sustainability Reporting Standards – has issued an Interpretation on disclosure G4-32-b in the G4 Guidelines. From today, 5 August 2015, it is no longer required to complete the external assurance column in the G4 Content Index in order to report ‘in accordance’ with G4.
    05 August 2015
    ​With nearly 20 years of reporting practice behind us, four versions of the Guidelines, over 25,000 reports registered on the Sustainability Disclosure Database, and most importantly tens of thousands of practitioners and experts actively engaged in reporting and transparency – an unprecedented body of knowledge has accumulated. GRI aspires to mobilize this knowledge for the advancement of the transparency agenda and the practice of reporting.
    05 August 2015
    ​Organizational Stakeholders (OS) are key supporters for GRI – they contribute their expertise, play an important governance role, and invest through annual financial contributions.
    05 August 2015
    Exchanges are playing an ever more significant role in promoting non-financial reporting. Read about global trends, and a few examples from Brazil, China, Taiwan, and Singapore’s initiatives below.
  • GRI Support Suite
    01 July 2015
    ​In order to encourage more reporters to strive for a better quality of reporting, GRI has restructured its services and created the GRI Support Suite. It is a range of useful tools and services for both report preparers and report users, covering the whole reporting cycle.
    01 July 2015
    ​On 21 May 2015, the Danish Parliament adopted an amendment to the Danish Financial Statements Act that will amongst other things implement the new EU Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups.
    01 July 2015

    ​Aspect-Specific Disclosures on Management Approach

    In our last article we looked at the value of the Disclosures on Management Approach (DMA) in the G4 Guidelines.

    01 July 2015
    ​With the issuance of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) in 2011, the responsibilities of companies and states in regards to human rights were finally officially recognized. As a result, companies now have a better understanding of their responsibilities vis-à-vis human rights, which they can consequently incorporate into their reporting processes. By doing so, companies are also adhering to Principle 21 of the UNGP, which promotes the communication and reporting of adverse impacts of businesses on human rights.
    01 July 2015
    ​GRI is looking for partners to deliver master classes during its 5th Global Conference, to be held on 18-20 May 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Potential topics include anti-corruption, climate change, human rights, SDGs, assurance, and materiality amongst others. However, we are open to receiving your proposals on other sustainability related topics. Please send your proposals by Wednesday 5 August 2015!
    01 July 2015
    ​Alcatel-Lucent has published annual sustainability reports since 2006 when the company was formed. Over the years, as a global company, it has continued to raise the bar to make sustainability a business imperative, placing it at the core of its business strategy, activities and decisions. Since 2010, Alcatel-Lucent’s sustainability reports have been prepared according to the GRI sustainability reporting guidelines. The 2014 report follows GRI G4 Guidelines, ‘in accordance’ Core option.
  • US Roundtable Event
    01 July 2015
    ​GRI partnered with the US State Department to convene a one-day roundtable on 22 June in Washington D.C. The event gathered business representatives and government officials for a knowledge exchange exploring how U.S. companies are helping to enable sustainable development in emerging market economies. 
  • GRI and BSE: Leveraging Sustainability Reporting to Drive Change
    23 June 2015
    GRI India joined forces with one of India’s leading stock exchanges, BSE (formerly known as the Bombay Stock Exchange), to conduct a one-day event in Mumbai, “Exchanges Driving Credibility and Transparency”, to improve understanding on the importance of sustainability reporting. 
    09 June 2015
    ​9 June 2015, Amsterdam. Today, GRI, pioneer of the sustainability reporting process, has unveiled plans to expand its scope to catalyze the next era of sustainability reporting. These plans include a focus on four strategic priorities as well as a new brand to support this strategy. GRI already provides the world’s most trusted and widely used sustainability reporting standards, used by thousands of organizations in more than 90 countries.
    09 June 2015
    ​The latest study by GRI and Oxfam Novib provides important insights into how different stakeholder groups are using sustainability data. This report is timely, given the launch of the SDGs later this year, and serves to open a dialogue on how to ensure that sustainability data is available, accurate, and being used to foster a sustainable future.  
    09 June 2015
    ​G4’s Disclosures on Management Approach help organizations complete the picture
    09 June 2015
    ​Telecom Italia has been a GRI Organizational Stakeholder since 2003, and its reporting process has evolved considerably over the past years. Read about the company’s sustainability reporting journey, and its recommendations to organizations developing their first sustainability reports.
  • GRI predicts dynamic results oriented real-time reporting by 2025
    29 May 2015
    GRI, pioneer of the world’s most trusted and widely used sustainability reporting standards, has published the first Reporting 2025 analysis paper, Sustainability and Reporting Trends in 2025: Preparing for the Future. The paper examines future trends in sustainability and corporate reporting and disclosure.
    19 May 2015
    19 May 2015, Amsterdam. GRI, developer of the world’s most trusted and widely used sustainability reporting standard, has just announced the appointment of a new Board member, Eric Dugelay, Deloitte’s Global Sustainability Services Leader. Dugelay joins the 14-member GRI Board, which consists of representatives from business and civil society organizations from around the world.
  • GRI’s Africa Regional Conference commences in Johannesburg
    12 May 2015
    12 May 2015, Johannesburg. Today, GRI, developer of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standard, has opened the two-day Africa Regional Conference: Transformation Through Transparency. The conference is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and brings together sustainability professionals from across the African continent and the globe. The GRI Africa Regional Conference provides a platform for idea sharing. The aim is to help foster a climate of corporate transparency, which can lead to increased trust in businesses operating in Africa, while promoting inclusive growth.
    06 May 2015
    ​This month marks the second anniversary of the launch of the GRI G4 Guidelines, which were released at the 2013 Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency in Amsterdam.
    06 May 2015
    ​The open call for nominations for GRI’s Stakeholder Council started on 20 April and will run until 19 June 2015. The Stakeholder Council is a formal multi-stakeholder forum that advises the GRI Board on strategic issues related to CSR and sustainability reporting topics. GRI is seeking professionals with demonstrable experience and knowledge in these areas to participate as Stakeholder Council members for a three-year term, starting in January 2016.
    06 May 2015
    ​GRI’s Africa Regional Conference (12-13 May) is less than a week away! It will convene up to 200 leaders and practitioners from across Africa and the globe, as well as provide a platform to share ideas and practical experiences, with the overall aim of fostering a climate of corporate accountability and reporting to help create value for all of Africa’s stakeholders.
    06 May 2015
    ​In order to help reporters understand G4 better, we are launching a new series of articles. Keep an eye on this section for monthly articles clarifying some definitions, explaining important concepts, and providing useful tips regarding GRI's G4 Guidelines.
    06 May 2015
    ​Nestlé published its first report – The Nestlé Sustainability Review – in 2002, to describe how the company practices and implements sustainable development principles, and where it has direct influence and impact on economies, societies, and environments. From 2005 onwards, Nestlé’s reports have been built on the concepts of impact, focus areas, and creating shared value (CSV) to become a transparent reporting structure spanning all business units and processes. Nestlé’s latest report has been prepared ‘in accordance’ with GRI’s G4 Comprehensive option.
    06 May 2015
    ​The GRI Certified Training Program is for organizations and individuals worldwide who are interested in sustainability reporting, and who wish to learn more about the process. GRI Certified Training courses are carried out by GRI Certified Training Partners around the world, and are customized for local markets. The Africa Consortium for Sustainability Training (ACST) was recently certified as a GRI Training Partner for Sub-Saharan Africa.
    29 April 2015
    ​MUMBAI, APRIL 29, 2015: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today announced the launch of 'Moving Beyond Disclosure: Leveraging Sustainability Reporting to Drive Change', a study undertaken in collaboration with GRI, the developer of the world’s most widely used Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
  • South African Regional Conference 2015
    Announcing GRI’s Africa Regional Conference: Transformation through Transparency
    09 April 2015
    Attracting and retaining investments can present myriad complexities for business, governments and local communities, as Africa’s doors of opportunity swing open ever wider. In order to explore ways to maximise these opportunities in a manner that benefits all of Africa’s stakeholder groups, GRI is convening the Africa Regional Conference, on 12 and 13 May 2015, at the EY offices in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Linking GRI and CDP: Water
    01 April 2015
    ​GRI and CDP have a long-standing collaboration in the field of water disclosure. The latest linkage guidance reveals how GRI’s G4 Guidelines and CDP’s water questions (2015) are aligned, improving the consistency and comparability of environmental data, and making corporate reporting more efficient and effective.​
  • Disability in Sustainability Reporting Launch
    01 April 2015
    ​GRI, together with Fundación ONCE - the leading organization of the European Network for CSR and Disability (CSR+D) - recently launched a new guide to help organizations communicate their commitment to respecting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities.​
    01 April 2015
    ​The GRI Certified Training Program (CTP) has been operational since 2008, and currently the CTP network consists of over 60 partners covering 101 countries. Collectively these training partners have given GRI Certified Training Courses close to 22,000 people in over 1,600 courses.
    01 April 2015
    ​Organizational Stakeholders (OS) are key for GRI: they contribute their expertise, play an important governance role, and invest through annual financial contributions.
    01 April 2015
    ​GRI’s Report Services provide knowledge and support for all GRI reporters and capture the data that identifies reporting trends and innovations. As of April 2015, GRI’s Reports List will be available in two versions: limited and complete.
    04 March 2015
    Striving to continuously improve and provide the best support for all reporters, GRI is introducing a new feature - ‘fast track’. It will give reporting organizations the option to accelerate the review of their draft reports.
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