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  • New GRI draft Standard on Tax and Payments to Governments now open for public comment
    13 December 2018
    ​Give us your feedback the draft of the first global standard on tax disclosure to make sure it meets your needs.

  • Get the Practical Knowledge You Need to Overcome Sustainability Reporting Challenges
    13 December 2018
    ​Join GRI's 3rd Annual Reporters' Summit on 25 February 2019 in Arizona. The one-day event brings together sustainability reporting practitioners from around North America, to follow practical sessions focused on how to make the most of the GRI Standards for their organization. 
  • GRI at UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: Towards Meaningful Human Rights Reporting
    10 December 2018
    Ten December, Human Rights Day, is a good occasion to remember that the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights call on businesses to communicate how they address their human rights impacts, and that sustainability reporting can be an effective tool in this endeavor. To bring home the point, GRI engaged with businesses, civil society and other organizations, to discuss “Business respect for human rights – building on what works”, at the 7th UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, between 26 and 28 November.​
  • Corporate Reporting Dialogue: Better Alignment for More Effective Reporting
    22 November 2018
    ​Transparency in business is no longer an option. From civil society to governments and from employees to investors, companies need to get the right information to the right audience. That is exactly where the different sustainability reporting standards and frameworks can be of added value. But using the different options is still perceived as a burden by reporters. The Corporate Reporting Dialogue is taking practical steps to address this perception. 
  • SMEs reporting in Ghana: Sustainability in Action!
    16 November 2018
    Sustainability reporting can really help companies of all sizes, and anywhere in the world to improve their own processes and publicly demonstrate their responsible business practices. Through its Competitive Business Program and with the support of SECO (Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs), GRI helped SMEs in Ghana report for the first time. Participating SMEs and GRI learnt that sustainability reporting can lead to clear business benefits for smaller companies in developing countries, and that digital tools can encourage and facilitate reporting. 
  • GRI Services: Making Sustainability Reporting Accessible to All!
    16 November 2018
    ​​For GRI, sustainability reporting is not only an externally-driven exercise, it is a meaningful way for companies to best understand and manage their impacts, and to improve their business. As the practice continues to grow in importance, GRI is finding new ways to support companies in making the most of their reports, and of the information they contain.  
  • Leading corporate reporting bodies launch two-year project for better alignment
    07 November 2018
    ​GRI, together with other major international corporate reporting standard setters and framework providers, has announced a ground-breaking new two-year project focused on driving better alignment in the corporate reporting landscape, to make it easier for companies to prepare effective and coherent disclosures that meet the information needs of capital markets and society.
  • Strengthening GRI’s leadership: new members join GRI’s Board
    06 November 2018
    ​AMSTERDAM, 6 November 2018 – GRI is pleased to announce that Ms. Bekeme Masade-Olowola, Mr. Jack Ehnes, and Dr. Jianzhong Lu, will join the GRI Board of Directors for a first 3-year term on 1 January 2019. 
  • Teresa Fogelberg decorated as Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands
    02 November 2018
    Teresa Fogelberg decorated as Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau of the Netherlands for her global leadership in sustainability and the advancement of the position of women
  • Updated GRI OH&S standard calls for more comprehensive, worker-centric reporting
    04 October 2018
    Companies are now better equipped to report on both harm prevention and health promotion.​
  • Driving standardization of ESG reporting: WFE Guidance and Metrics mapped to the GRI Standards
    02 October 2018
    ​Amsterdam 2 October 2018: The World Federation of Exchanges has recently published a revised sustainability reporting guidance for their member exchanges. 
  • Join the GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board: help shape the future of sustainability reporting
    01 October 2018
    The Independent Appointments Committee has an extraordinary open call for nominations to fill an unexpected vacancy in the Business Enterprise constituency on the GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB). Apply before 31 October!
  • GRI co-launches global network of standard-setting organizations to accelerate widespread adoption of impact measurement and management
    28 September 2018
    Amsterdam, 27 September 2018 – A group of leading global organizations, including the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), have joined forces during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, to create the Impact Management Project (IMP). This network is an unprecedented effort to develop methods to measure the environmental and social impacts of investment decisions. The goal is to align investment to sustainable business practices in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • GRI's Competitive Business Program two years on: Successes and the way forward
    25 September 2018
    ​GRI, with funding from the Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs (SECO), launched its Competitive Business Program two years ago, to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) engage in and improve their corporate sustainability reporting. The halfway mark for the program is an ideal moment to share insights, lessons learned and celebrate the successes.  
  • Fast track to best practice reporting
    29 August 2018
    ​The business benefits of sustainability reporting do not go unnoticed: in addition to a useful risk management tool, reporting can also generate savings, inform better decision-making, and increase stakeholder trust. But many companies new to reporting are asking: where should we start?
  • World Water Week: Companies must look beyond own operations to enhance water stewardship
    28 August 2018
    GRI’s updated standard on water and effluents requires reporting impacts in the value chain.​
  • New guidance for companies to report their impact on the Sustainable Development Goals
    01 August 2018
    A “Practical Guide” to enable companies to better measure and report on their impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was released today by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Global Compact.​
  • Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies: the role of business
    18 July 2018

    Here are some key takeaways from the government voluntary national reviews issued by governments regarding the role that the private sector is playing in the achievement of the SDGs.

  • Sustainable Development Goals in corporate reporting: What matters to investors?
    17 July 2018
    ​GRI, PRI and the UN Global Compact issue ten recommendations for companies to meet Investor needs in SDG reporting.
  • Seeking sustainable growth: ​GRI appointed to the European Commission’s Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance
    04 July 2018
  • WFE guidance reinforces transparency in capital markets
    27 June 2018
    ​The World Federation of Exchanges has today published revised sustainability guidance for their member exchanges. GRI welcomes this update and encourages exchanges globally to consider the recommendations for their listing requirements.
  • Incentivizing sustainability reporting by SMEs through policy: a primer
    05 June 2018
    ​According to the World Bank, close to 95% of all businesses worldwide can be classified as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). That is some 400 million companies, that form the backbone of the global economy. As such, they have an important part in the global economy and play a crucial role in a more sustainable world.
  • Canary Wharf: Reporting helps inform, inspire and influence responsible activity
    30 May 2018
    ​A major property developer in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, Canary Wharf aims to embed sustainability in the heart of its business. The company has included non-financial information in their corporate reports since 1987. We spoke to Martin Gettings, Group Head of Sustainability at Canary Wharf, about how sustainability reporting helps them to tell compelling stories and inspire others.
  • Peter Paul van de Wijs joins GRI as Chief Communications Officer
    11 May 2018
    ​GRI is happy to announce the appointment of Peter Paul van de Wijs as Chief Communications Officer as of June 2018. With over 20 years of professional experience in communications and sustainability, he brings a unique perspective to help reinforce GRI’s position as the leading sustainability reporting organization. 
  • Jubilant Life Sciences: Building a Sustainable Future for the Business
    20 April 2018
    Jubilant Life Sciences is a pharmaceutical and life sciences company operating on a global scale. Jubilant has released a public sustainability report from 2003 onwards, and is also one of the first Indian companies to join the GRI GOLD Community. We spoke to Indra Guha, Chief Sustainability Officer at Jubilant, about the benefits the reporting process has brought for the company.

  • GRI and Global Child Forum commit to driving corporate action to improve children’s lives
    18 April 2018
    The Global Child Forum and GRI join forces to strengthen corporate transparency and accountability on children’s rights issues.
  • GRI embarks upon next phase of partnership with Swedish International Development Agency
    27 March 2018
    The new joint program, which includes a partnership with the Danish Institute for Human Rights, will stimulate responsible business to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.​
  • Munich Airport: Reporting helps to remove silos
    13 March 2018
    ​GRI GOLD Community member Munich Airport has an ambitious target to become the first carbon neutral airport in Germany. We spoke to Bernd Schönhofer, Strategic Sustainability Manager at Munich Airport, who told us about the company’s progressive emissions reduction program as well as other initiatives like empowering women in the workplace.
  • Vigeo Eiris: Corporate Social Responsibility Requires Commitment and Accountability
    27 February 2018
    ​A GOLD Community member since 2017, Vigeo Eiris plays an important role in translating companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts into tangible ratings for investors and other stakeholders. We spoke to Elise Attal, Institutional Affairs Manager at Vigeo Eiris, who talked about the importance of increased transparency in building trust among investors.
  • Export Development Canada: Creating positive business impacts for exporters and investors through CSR
    13 February 2018
    Export Development Canada (EDC) is a credit agency, offering innovative financing, insurance, and risk management solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. We spoke to Louise Millette, Project Coordinator, Corporate Responsibility at EDC, about how important the triple bottom line is for financial institutions like EDC.​
  • GRI’s Competitive Business program makes it easier for SMEs to benefit from sustainability reporting
    06 February 2018
    ​Thousands of large companies around the world already reap the benefits of sustainability reporting, like lower energy costs, and more productive employees. At GRI we believe that all companies, regardless of their size, should have access to these benefits. 
  • Improve the quality of your report with GRI’s new Disclosure Review Service
    10 January 2018
    With GRI’s new Disclosure Review Service, you can get feedback to help improve the quality of your report – both now and for future reporting cycles. In this article, you can get a preview of this great new service, and find out how it could help you improve your report’s content.​
  • Action points for poverty alleviation: new GRI paper outlines practical steps
    10 January 2018
    ​Sustainability reporting can support companies’ contribution to poverty alleviation.  So how can we maximize its impact to help reach the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of no poverty by 2030? A new paper by GRI outlines recommendations and specific disclosures that companies can apply.
  • Symantec: Impactful CSR through cross-functional teamwork
    09 January 2018
    GRI GOLD Community member Symantec, focusing in computer software, puts materiality at the heart of their corporate responsibility work. We spoke to Debra McLaughlin, Sr. Manager, Corporate Responsibility at Symantec, who told us about the ways the company addresses its sustainability challenges and creates shared value.
  • SustainAbility: Alignment of CSR with business strategy is key
    12 December 2017
    GRI GOLD Community member SustainAbility is a think tank and advisory firm that focuses on helping companies to lead the way to a sustainable economy. We spoke with Sarah Volkman, Manager at SustainAbility, who told us how they are helping businesses take the lead on sustainability issues. ​
  • Showing policymakers the importance of reporting: GRI hosts masterclass at COP23
    07 December 2017
    ​Sustainability reporting can have a big impact on achieving sustainable development and is an important tool for corporate action on mitigating climate change. But in order to reach its maximum potential, policymakers need to understand the role of disclosure in climate policy.
  • Launching GRI Standards in German
    07 December 2017
    ​The German translation of the GRI Standards is now available to download in time for use during the next reporting cycle, thanks to the sponsorship of the Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales (BMAS), and the work of the peer reviewers.
  • Engaging stock exchanges to drive green finance
    07 December 2017
    ​With the new TCFD recommendations, stock exchanges around the world are considering how to adjust to a future of green finance. GRI co-organized a technical workshop at the Sustainable Stock Exchanges event alongside COP23, on how to use climate information to boost green finance.
  • Human Rights Day: How reporting helps businesses uphold human rights
    07 December 2017
    After 70 years of international effort to uphold human rights, we still face challenges. Sustainability reporting can help companies identify, remedy and prevent human rights abuses throughout the value chain.
  • Meet GRI's latest GOLD Community Member: The Dow Chemical Company
    06 December 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. As leaders in sustainable development, they benefit from our latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. The Dow Chemical Company, based in the US, is the latest organization to join our unique program.
  • Tackling modern slavery with transparency: GRI to support the reporting community
    01 December 2017
    ​Do you want to improve the way you report on modern slavery? Are you willing to support other companies as they begin to communicate on the issue? Join our work and engage in cutting-edge dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of transparency on modern slavery in consultation with diverse stakeholders, such as investors, media, human rights and legal experts and governments. 
  • Deutsche Börse: Transparency Is the Foundation for Responsible Investing
    27 November 2017
    Deutsche Börse is an international provider of capital markets infrastructure and one of the largest stock exchanges in the world. We spoke with Kristina Jeromin, Head of Group Sustainability, who told us about the company’s efforts to drive progress and innovation in sustainable finance and the role of sustainability reporting in long-term oriented investing.​
  • Welcoming GRI’s new governance body members for 2018
    22 November 2017
    ​After a busy nomination period, we are happy to announce the people who have been appointed to GRI’s governance bodies starting 1 January 2018.
  • Eric Hespenheide appointed to chair GRI Board of Directors
    20 November 2017
    ​Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 20 November 2017: Eric Hespenheide has been appointed as the Chairman of the GRI Board of Directors, effective 1 January 2018.
  • Mosaic: Reporting as a foundation for solid performance
    14 November 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community member Mosaic is a crop nutrition products company and one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash. We spoke with Natali Archibee, Senior Sustainability Specialist at The Mosaic Company, who told us examples of how sustainability reporting leads to better performance.
  • Updates to SDG Compass – Call for Business Tools
    13 November 2017
    Do you know of a business tool that could be mapped against the SDGs?
    GRI, the UN Global Compact and WBCSD are inviting submissions to an inventory, which is part of the SDG Compass, to support organizations in measuring their contributions to the SDGs.​
  • China Mobile: Helping build a robust sustainability reporting community in China
    07 November 2017
    ​China Mobile Limited is a state-owned telecommunications company and a GRI GOLD Community member. The company published their first GRI report back in 2006. We spoke with Wen Xuelian, Deputy Director of the Corporation Planning Division,  responsible for CSR reporting and CSR management at implementation level, who told us that sustainability reporting helps China Mobile improve their performance.
  • GRI Reporters’ Summit North America: learn, master, lead
    01 November 2017
    ​Sustainability professionals encounter many challenges on their reporting journey. How do you get started? What guidance should you follow, what are your material topics and how can you best engage your stakeholders? And how do you take bold steps to lead emerging trends in reporting and transparency?
  • Reporting on the SDGs: measuring today’s contributions and educating tomorrow’s leaders
    01 November 2017
    ​GRI is taking part in three events to strengthen the contribution of the private sector to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by helping make reporting on them more comparable, encouraging private sector engagement and supporting collaboration between business and academia to prepare the next generation of sustainability leaders.
  • Benchmarking reporting: GRI’s new service reveals trends and opportunities
    01 November 2017
    There is a lot to consider when you are preparing for your next reporting cycle: you might be structuring your stakeholder engagement process, looking at your materiality assessment and engaging people throughout the organization. It’s also valuable to understand how your reporting compares to what your peers are doing in your industry, country and region.​
  • Implementing the EU Directive: Where are we now?
    01 November 2017
    The EU Directive on Non-Financial and Diversity Information is now in force, with Member States required to have legislation in place as of December 2016. Which countries have implemented the directive, and what do companies need to know about the new legislation? ​
  • GUESS Jeans: Taking leaps in sustainability reporting to create positive impacts
    31 October 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community member GUESS Jeans recently began reporting using the GRI framework. We spoke with Jaclyn Allen, Senior Sustainability Manager at GUESS?, Inc., who told us how the Los Angeles-based clothing brand and retailer is benefiting from sustainability reporting.
  • The GRI Standards: One year on
    25 October 2017
    ​It’s been a year since the launch of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards); what has happened since?

  • Swire: Reporting as a means to an end – sustainable development
    23 October 2017
    GRI GOLD Community member Swire has been using GRI’s reporting framework since their first Sustainable Development Report in 2007. We talked to Mark Harper, Sustainable Development Manager at Swire, about the challenges and benefits a conglomerate like Swire faces with their reporting process.​
  • Humantech: Improving workplace conditions a vital component of social responsibility
    17 October 2017
    GRI GOLD Community member Humantech Inc. specializes in industrial engineering, bio-mechanics and occupational ergonomics, and helps Fortune 1000 companies identify and quantify injury risk in the workplace. We spoke with their President, James Good, who told us that sustainability is a core concept that drives Humantech’s business.
  • Worldline: Sustainability reporting creates a virtuous circle
    10 October 2017
    GRI GOLD Community member Wordline started sustainability reporting in 2014, using the GRI G4 Guidelines, and is now one of the GRI Standards Pioneers. We talked to Sébastien Mandron, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Worldline, who spoke about how the GRI Standards help the e-payment services company enhance trust with its stakeholders. ​
  • GRI’s collaboration with PRI boosts responsible investment and action towards the SDGs
    04 October 2017
    GRI’s Chief Executive Tim Mohin and PRI’s Managing Director Fiona Reynolds signed a collaboration agreement on September 19 in New York.​
  • Q&A with GRI Chief Executive Tim Mohin
    04 October 2017
    ​It’s a special occasion for GRI – we’re celebrating 20 years of founding and shaping sustainability reporting. At this momentous juncture, we talk to our Chief Executive Tim Mohin, to take stock of our accomplishments over two decades, and to find out how GRI will continue pioneering in the future.
  • From pioneer to veteran: Sustainability reporting driving all-round improvement for Codelco
    01 October 2017
    GRI GOLD Community member Codelco pioneered sustainability reporting in Chile, and has been a GRI reporter since 1999. Paul Maidstone, Corporate Director, Environmental Compliance at Codelco, talked to us about the foundational role reporting has had in driving Codelco’s sustainability journey.​
  • Fuji Xerox: Excellence in leadership and stakeholder engagement through sustainability reporting
    25 September 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community member Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific has been using the GRI framework since 2003. We spoke with Janet Neo, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, to find out how the document services and communications company views the practice of sustainability reporting.
  • Triodos Bank: Sustainability reporting fundamental to a values-based bank
    25 September 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community member Triodos Bank is one of the world’s most sustainable financial institutions. Its mission is to make money work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. We spoke with James Niven, Head of Corporate Affairs at Triodos Bank, to find out what role sustainability reporting plays in how the bank pursues its mission.
  • LM Wind Power: Reporting helps direct focus – and generate savings
    25 September 2017
    For Christopher Springham, Vice President, Global Communications & Sustainability at LM Wind Power, GRI is the go-to organization for sustainability reporting and compliance. A pioneer in G4 reporting and an early adopter of the GRI Standards, LM Wind Power regards sustainability reporting as a motivator and a driver of progress.​
  • GRI: 20 years of Driving Global Change
    25 September 2017
    Today, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) marks its 20th anniversary and charts a refreshed course to help even more businesses use sustainability reporting to create the conditions for sustainable development. ​
  • GRI Standard 303: Water - now under review
    06 September 2017
    ​GRI 303: Water, used by organizations to report on impacts related to water, is one of the first GRI Standards to be updated. The revised draft Standard is now available for public consultation through 9 October 2017.
  • GRI Standard 403: Occupational Health and Safety - now under review
    06 September 2017
    ​GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety - used by organizations to report on impacts related to worker health and safety - is one of the first GRI Standards to be updated. The revised draft Standard is now available for public consultation through 9 October 2017.
  • Business Reporting on the SDGs: An Analysis of the Goals and Targets
    06 September 2017
    On 21 September, GRI and the UN Global Compact will launch the first outcome publication of their groundbreaking Action Platform for Business Reporting on the SDGs. The publication An Analysis of the Goals and Targets, demystifies the esoteric world of sustainability disclosures for companies seeking to report their impact on the SDGs.​
  • Sustainable investment in Europe at a crossroads: An interview with Flavia Micilotta, Eurosif’s Executive Director
    06 September 2017
    Sustainable and responsible investment is helping mobilize and direct finance towards building a more inclusive, stable and greener European economy. Here we talk to Flavia Micilotta, Executive Director at Eurosif, to discover how.​
  • Meet GRI's latest GOLD Community Member: Sinyi Realty Inc.
    05 September 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. As leaders in sustainable development, they benefit from our latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Taiwan-based Sinyi Realty Inc. is the latest organization to join our unique program.
  • From Norway to the UAE: GRI Standards launch events continue across the globe
    05 September 2017
    ​Across the 26 events in 23 countries so far, the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards) launches have generated engaging and leading-edge discussions on emerging topics in sustainability reporting. Here’s a quick look at what’s planned at our upcoming launch events in Abu Dhabi and Oslo this month.
  • Why multilevel collaboration is key for developmental change: an interview with Anders Gerdin
    09 August 2017
    Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires coordinated action by local civil society, the business community and international donor organizations. We talk to Anders Gerdin, to understand the perspective of the development agencies and policymakers involved in this effort. ​
  • Growing role for the private sector in the 2030 Agenda
    09 August 2017
    ​On 17 and 18 July, high-level representatives from United Nations member states, inter-governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, gathered in New York to discuss how to ‘eradicate poverty and promote prosperity in a changing world’.
  • How the GRI Standards Exam will benefit sustainability professionals: An interview with Tim Lo
    09 August 2017
    ​GRI recently launched a new online platform for people to test and demonstrate their knowledge on the GRI Standards. We asked Tim Lo, a Hong Kong-based sustainability planner and our first successful GRI Standards Exam taker, about his exam experience and how it adds value to his career.
  • Leading Indian companies join GRI's reporting network
    08 August 2017
    At two recent events in Mumbai, GRI Regional Hub South Asia gathered some of the biggest Indian companies and conglomerates to promote high-quality reporting in the region, and initiate a discussion on the corporate role in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Meet GRI's latest GOLD Community Member: Swire
    08 August 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. As leaders in sustainable development, they benefit from our latest insights and trends in sustainability reporting, and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Hong Kong-based Swire is now a member of this unique program.
  • Higher quality disclosures directly linked to GRI reporting framework
    19 July 2017
    Companies that follow GRI’s sustainability reporting framework provide higher quality disclosures than those that do not, according to a recent study by US-based consulting firm, the Governance and Accountability Institute Inc. 
  • UPS's strategy shaped by 15 years of commitment to transparency
    05 July 2017
    ​UPS is one of the world’s leading providers of specialized package delivery and supply chain services. The US-based global logistics company employs over 434,000 people, and offers services in more than 220 countries and territories. UPS is committed to pioneering more sustainable solutions in every aspect of its business.
  • How SME reporting will drive development in Asia: An interview with Katrin Ochsenbein
    05 July 2017
    Sustainability reporting by small and medium business enterprises (SMEs) can have a big economic impact. We talk to Katrin Ochsenbein, to understand the relevance of sustainability reporting in the Swiss approach to economic development cooperation and trade promotion in Asia.​
  • Hundreds welcome GRI Standards across Asia
    05 July 2017
    Asia is ready to take its sustainability reporting to the next level. Venues at the recent GRI Standards launch events in Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam were packed with participants, eager to support the move towards quality reporting.  ​
  • GRI Standards available in Traditional Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, and Vietnamese
    05 July 2017
    Thanks to a dedicated group of sponsors and contributors, translations of the GRI Standards are now available in Traditional Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, and Vietnamese. ​
  • EU Directive on Non-financial and Diversity Information: A comprehensive guide to the national laws
    05 July 2017
    ​A CSR Europe and GRI publication made in collaboration with Accountancy Europe
  • Meet GRI's latest GOLD Community Member: City Developments Limited
    04 July 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. As leaders in sustainable development, they benefit from our latest insights and trends in sustainability reporting, and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Singapore-based City Developments Limited is a member of this unique program.
  • Three ways to streamline ESG reporting: Outcomes from WFE and GRI’s recent roundtable
    04 July 2017
    As environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting establishes a stronghold across markets worldwide, the question is how and to what extent this information is effectively used by investors.​
  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures recommendations released
    29 June 2017
  • Statement from GRI on the passing of Ernst Ligteringen
    16 June 2017
  • Standards Pioneers: Leading the way in sustainability reporting
    15 June 2017
    The GRI Standards Pioneers Program is designed to support the earliest adopters of the GRI Standards, and has kicked off with over 150 members.
  • Can corporate reporting help end poverty?
    07 June 2017
    ​Companies impact poverty, and poverty, in turn, impacts them. Businesses, therefore, have an important role to play in eradicating poverty and supporting sustainable development. The benefit is mutual – stronger economies and stable societies create vast opportunities for growth in new markets.
  • GRI and Australian government to accelerate investment in the Indo-Pacific
    07 June 2017
    Starting in June, GRI and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) are launching a new program, ‘Sustainable Trade and Investment through Reporting’ in the Indo-Pacific (STIR Indo-Pacific). The STIR Indo-Pacific program will target five developing countries in Asia: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. ​
  • Three pivotal takeaways from GRI’s annual governmental donors meeting
    07 June 2017
    ​Triggering tangible economic, social, and environmental improvements in the developing countries was the underlying essence of GRI’s second annual donors meeting. The discussion centered on GRI’s work in emerging markets and how sustainability reporting can support solutions for tackling critical development challenges.
  • GRI co-convenes investors on the SDGs
    06 June 2017
    At a recent meeting with investors in Stockholm, GRI and UN Global Compact brought the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the table. The discussion highlighted current bottlenecks in sustainable investment and what should be done to resolve them. The outcomes of this discussion have been formalized in the Stockholm Declaration.​
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    06 June 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. As leaders in sustainable development, they benefit from our latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is the latest organization to join our unique program.
  • GRI’s statement on the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
    02 June 2017
  • First GRI Standards translations launched in Japanese and Spanish
    04 May 2017
    The first translations of the GRI Standards are now available, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of sponsors and contributors. ​
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member: CENTRUM Católica
    04 May 2017
    GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. CENTRUM Católica is the latest organization to join this unique program.​
  • Supply chain transparency: A change tool for successful global businesses
    04 May 2017
    Identifying companies’ vast supply networks is challenging, and tracking their sustainability performance even more so. However, measuring data and increasing transparency are powerful tools for managing the risks and grasping the opportunities of global supply chains, contributing to sustainable development and a positive effect on the bottom line.​
  • Launch of the SDG Agenda 2030 for South Asia
    04 May 2017
    GRI’s Regional Hub South Asia and the CII ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development have launched a local initiative to understand SDGs in business context in the South Asian region through a peer-learning platform. ​
  • GRI and SASB take next step in cooperation
    04 May 2017
    Last week, GRI and SASB took the stage together in a joint session at the Ceres Conference in San Francisco, revealing further collaboration plans.​
  • Call for Nominations: GRI’s Governance
    03 May 2017
    Inclusiveness and multi-stakeholder representation are foundational features of GRI, fundamental to form a global perspective and advance our mission towards sustainable development. This is thoroughly reflected in our governance structure: every year we renew our search for global representation and a broad range of perspectives to enable us to carry out our mission. 
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member: Arabesque Asset Management
    05 April 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Arabesque Asset Management is the latest organization to join this unique program. 
  • Ready to accelerate corporate reporting on the Global Goals
    05 April 2017
    ​On 27 March, leading members of the multi-stakeholder network of GRI and the UN Global Compact gathered in The Hague to take the first steps in establishing best practice in corporate reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals. Kicking off with inspiring speakers and shared determination to act, the Action Platform is now set to shape the future of corporate reporting. We went behind the scenes at the launch event to find out more about the members and their motivations to participate in the project.
  • Nordic Stock Exchanges recommend GRI Standards
    05 April 2017
    ​In March 2017, Nasdaq’s Nordic and Baltic Exchanges issued a framework to support their listed companies to meet ESG disclosure requirements. The guidance has a strong reference to GRI’s sustainability reporting framework, and it reflects the recommendations of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE), in which GRI is also an active contributor.
  • World-class Working Groups
    05 April 2017
    The first Project Working Groups to review and update topic-specific GRI Standards have been formed. The revisions begin with GRI 303: Water and GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety. ​
  • Strengthening ties with the investment community
    29 March 2017
    GRI and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) have signed an Exchange of Letters to deepen the organizations’ collaboration on responsible investment, including work related to the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative.​
  • GRI's workshop series on reporting and human rights kicked off in Ghana
    08 March 2017
    ​GRI introduced a new workshop module on sustainability reporting and human rights in Ghana, attracting nearly 50 participants from both private and public sectors. More workshops will take place across Africa during the first half of 2017.
  • Reporting on the SDGs Action Platform
    08 March 2017
    ​We are at a key moment in the evolution of sustainability; transparency is fast becoming the new paradigm for conducting business. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have ushered in a new era of global development objectives to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, and the active participation of business is a principle driver in achieving these goals. 
  • Tackling gender inequality with data and transparency
    08 March 2017
    As a means to fight gender inequality and narrow the persistent gap, GRI helps businesses understand their impacts and take action to empower women in the workplace. GRI wishes all girls and women a happy International Women’s Day 2017!
  • Making the best out of reporting: how to get from good to great
    08 March 2017
    ​In February 2017, more than 120 sustainability professionals gathered at the first-ever GRI Reporters’ Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among reporters. In the spirit of the event, we want to share with you some of the group’s insights about moving your report from good to great.
  • Key highlights from Twitter Chat with CSR experts Elaine Cohen and Tim Mohin
    08 March 2017
    ​Last month our Twitter feed was buzzing with sustainability enthusiasts swapping insights and posing questions on sustainability reporting as part of the #CSR Chat, hosted by Susan McPherson. GRI’s Chief Executive Tim Mohin and Elaine Cohen were at forefront of the discussions. Here’s a brief round-up.​
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member: NRG Energy
    07 March 2017
    ​​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. US-based NRG Energy is the latest organization to join this unique program. 
  • Close-up with the GSSB Chair Judy Kuszewski
    07 March 2017
    ​​​The GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) appointed a new Chair and six new Board members to its ranks in 2017. Sharing a history with GRI since its founding days, the newly appointed Chair Judy Kuszewski has 25 years of experience from multiple sectors within corporate sustainability.
  • Harmonizing sustainability reporting practices in India
    14 February 2017
    ​Companies based in India can now easily link GRI Standards and disclosures with the business responsibility reporting requirements set by the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The guidance for linking GRI Standards to the SEBI Framework was published today at the GRI Standards launch event in Mumbai.
  • Interview with Claudia Stracchi: Climate Change Challenges at the GRI Reporters’ Summit
    08 February 2017
    Claudia Stracchi, climate change and sustainability expert, spoke at the GRI Reporters’ Summit in Arizona in February. Find out here why she believes companies are imperative in tackling the global issue of climate change.

  • Learn how to use the GRI Standards: Sign up for GRI's new training course
    08 February 2017
    ​Are you new to sustainability reporting, or looking to make the switch from G4 to GRI Standards? GRI has recently released a new training course to support you! 
  • The GSSB appoints a new Chair and six new members
    08 February 2017
    ​​​The GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chair, Judy Kuszewski, and six new Board members to its ranks in 2017. These appointments further build on the expertise of the existing diverse members of the GSSB in setting global sustainability reporting standards. 
  • GRI and CSR Europe support businesses in complying with the new EU Directive on Non-Financial Disclosure
    08 February 2017
    ​​The EU Directive on Non-Financial and Diversity Disclosure affects thousands of companies based in the EU, and by now, most EU Member states have completed the process of transposing the EU Directive on Non-Financial and Diversity Disclosure into national legislation. 
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member
    08 February 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Groupe Renault is the latest organization to join this unique program. 
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member
    11 January 2017
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Honda Motor Co., Ltd is the latest organization to join this unique program.
  • GRI welcomes Volker Höntsch to the GRI Due Process Oversight Committee
    11 January 2017
    ​GRI is happy to welcome Volker Höntsch to the GRI Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC). Volker Höntsch is Group Health, Safety and Sustainability Manager at UBM EMEA and joined the DPOC on 1 January 2017 following appointment by the Independent Appointments Committee (IAC).
  • Join the GRI and UN Global Compact partnership to shape the future of SDG-reporting
    11 January 2017
    In September 2016, GRI and the United Nations Global Compact announced the partnership of SDG Leadership through Reporting, a new initiative to promote and shape the future of corporate reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A global list of prioritized disclosures for tracking business contributions and impacts on the SDGs will be produced for the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2017. It is now time for businesses and stakeholders to join this exciting journey.
  • GRI appoints CSR leader Tim Mohin as new Chief Executive
    14 December 2016
    AMSTERDAM, 14 December 2016 – GRI announced today that Timothy J. Mohin, a well-known sustainability practitioner, advocate and author, has been appointed as the organization’s new Chief Executive. 
  • Leading Sustainability from the Boardroom: The Latin American Case
    07 December 2016
    ​Sustainability creates financial value – this is the consensus among 99% of directors on the Boards of over 500 Latin American companies according to a study released by GRI and global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. The results from the study – the first of its kind in Latin America – provide essential insights into how sustainability is perceived at the top level in a region which sees a growing commitment to sustainability.
  • Shining a light on human rights disclosure
    07 December 2016
    “For business to maximize its contribution to sustainable development, it must put efforts to advance respect for human rights at the heart of the people part of sustainable development,” said John G. Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on Business & Human Rights, in his keynote speech at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights last month.
  • Ending global poverty: The role of business and reporting
    07 December 2016
    ​Eradicating poverty in all its forms is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, with an estimated 836 million people* living in extreme poverty and struggling for the most basic human needs. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity are intensifying the work needed to break the poverty cycle. 
  • GSSB sets sights on Standard development in 2017
    07 December 2016
    ​Following the successful launch of the GRI Standards, the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) is looking forward. On 23 November it approved its 2017-2019 Work Program, which sets out the high-level priority areas for the GSSB over the next three years. 
  • Practical solutions for best practice reporting in North America
    06 December 2016
    ​There are more reporters in the US than any other country and there is a growing discipline within sustainability professionals that focuses on reporting and disclosure. Although they are often part of large corporations, sustainability professionals say it is difficult to secure ongoing support and development because the skill set is so unique. 
  • Materiality Disclosure is improving in India, according to a new study
    02 November 2016
    ​The identification and disclosure of material topics is increasing in reports from India, according to a new study. The publication Sustainability Integration: Corporate Reporting Practices in India presents the results of study by the GRI Regional Hub South Asia in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and its founding consortium partner Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
  • GRI Standards take off at launch
    02 November 2016
    ​Two weeks after launch, organizations around the world are gearing up to use the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards) for reporting their impacts on the economy, the environment and society.
  • Leading global organizations welcome the new GRI Standards
    02 November 2016
    ​The launch of the new GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards has received a warm welcome from diverse organizations around the world, from companies to stock exchanges and civil society organizations.
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member
    01 November 2016
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. The State Bank of India (SBI) decided to join the GOLD community, above all, to be part of a responsible group working for the betterment of society.
  • Maintaining a multi-stakeholder approach: Meet GRI’s new Board members
    01 November 2016
    ​​GRI is pleased to announce the appointment of new and currently serving members to the GRI Board of Directors. These appointments strengthen the presence of experts from diverse regions and constituencies in the multi-stakeholder governance structure fundamental to GRI’s work.
  • First Global Sustainability Reporting Standards Set to Transform Business
    19 October 2016
    ​New GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards Will Enhance Corporate Transparency Worldwide
     
    19 October 2016, Amsterdam. Today, GRI launched the world’s first global standards for sustainability reporting, giving companies a common language for disclosing non-financial information. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards will enable companies around the world to be more transparent about their impacts on the economy, the environment and society. They will also help organizations make better decisions and contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Forging a path to integrated reporting
    17 October 2016
    Today, GRI releases its new publication 'Forging a path to integrated reporting: Insights from the GRI Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting'. The publication summarizes the work done by the GRI Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting (CLGir), revealing challenges, questions raised, and solutions from a group of experienced companies which have chosen to use an integrated approach to reporting. 
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member
    05 October 2016
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Management consultancy firm the Cadmus Group considers GRI’s reporting framework as the gold standard for reporting, and recently joined GRI’s GOLD Community.
  • Norwegian Stock Exchange Issues Reporting Guidance with Strong Reference to GRI
    05 October 2016
    The Oslo Børs is one of the latest exchanges to provide explicit guidance on sustainability reporting for its issuers, with strong reference to GRI. 
  • Making the case for SME Sustainability Reporting
    05 October 2016
    ​Sustainability reporting by large and multinational companies has become commonplace over the last decade, however among small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the practice of sustainability reporting is not as widespread. GRI and the International Organisation of Employers (IoE), have released a publication to inspire SMEs to take action and establish their role in a more sustainable future by reporting on their main sustainability impacts.
  • Ready for GRI Standards? The release date is announced!
    05 October 2016
    ​The future of reporting is almost here! Mark the date in your diaries: GRI Standards will officially launch on 19 October 2016. 
  • BCtA and GRI release findings on Measuring Business Impact on the SDGs
    22 September 2016
    Today, Business Call to Action (BCtA) and GRI are launching a report that finds that governments are increasingly interested in accounting for private sector contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a trend that has evolved from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
  • GRI and UN Global Compact partner to shape the future of SDG-reporting
    19 September 2016
    19 September 2016, New York. Today, GRI and the United Nations Global Compact will launch SDG Leadership through Reporting, a new initiative to promote and advance corporate reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The two organizations will work together to develop a list of disclosures for tracking business contributions to the SDGs and they will release a publication on SDG-reporting. SDG Leadership through Reporting is one of four new initiatives to be announced by the UN Global Compact. The launch will take place during the United Nations Private Sector Forum 2016, at the UN Headquarters in New York.
  • Meet GRI's Latest GOLD Community Member
    06 September 2016
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Find out why the document management and solutions company, Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific, decided to join the GRI GOLD Community. 
  • SDGs One Year On: Aligning business and government commitments at the BCtA Annual Forum 2016
    06 September 2016
    ​On 22 September, business leaders, senior representatives from governments, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations will convene for the Business Call to Action's Seventh Annual Forum.
  • GRI advises U.S. SEC on business and financial disclosure requirements
    06 September 2016
    ​In April, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a concept release to seek public opinion on modernizing business and financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K. The SEC is responsible for regulating the securities industry and the US stock exchanges, and the disclosure requirements within Regulation S-K serve as the foundation for the business and financial disclosure in registrants’ periodic reports. 
  • Discover Itaipu Binacional’s approach to sustainability
    06 September 2016
    ​The Itaipu Binacional hydroelectric power plant is located on the Paraná River along the border between Brazil and Paraguay and is the world’s largest generator of renewable clean energy, with a mission to generate quality electricity via socially and environmentally responsible practices, and to foster sustainable economic, tourist, and technological development in Brazil and Paraguay. 
  • Key sustainability challenges in the Australian and ASEAN extractives sector revealed
    06 September 2016
    ​The extractives sector is vitally important for driving economic growth globally, and specifically in the Asia-Pacific region. The extractives sector also involves significant social, environmental and economic impacts, which, if left unaddressed will hinder the rapid and inclusive growth countries hope for. 
  • GRI and Switzerland partner to foster job opportunities in the developing world
    05 September 2016
    5 September 2016, Amsterdam. Today, GRI and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) announced the start of the second phase of the Corporate Sustainability and Reporting for Competitive Business (CSRCB) program, which helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the developing world, use sustainability reporting to gain better access to global value chains. Entering global value chains will contribute to creating more job and income opportunities in the target countries.
  • Beyond the financials: Why sustainability reporting needs to be multi-stakeholder in its approach
    05 September 2016
    Here, Michael Nugent, Vice Chair of the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), discusses the importance of looking beyond the financials when considering the future sustainability of businesses. Michael explains that in order for us to do this, we need a global set of standards that consider the widest range of stakeholder interests.
  • Help steer global sustainability action: Become a GRI Certified Training Partner!
    03 August 2016
    ​With sustainability gaining an ever increasing foothold in corporate strategy and national and international policies, more organizations than ever before are looking to start reporting or continue fine tuning their sustainability reporting practices. 
  • Building SDG momentum: GRI in discussions with governments around the world
    03 August 2016
    ​As we head towards the one-year milestone of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), GRI has been busy ensuring continued action towards the SDGs and further engaging business in the sustainable agenda. In mid-July, GRI organized an event at the first High Level Political Forum (HLPF) since the adoption of the SDGs, and contributed to the HLPF Business Day. 
  • Discover the UPS approach to sustainability management
    03 August 2016
    ​UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, US, the global organization employs 444,000 people, and in 2015, delivered 4.7 billion packages and documents. With more than 2,500 operating facilities, and a combined delivery fleet of over 110,000 vehicles, UPS covers a lot of ground!
  • An interview with GRI’s new Interim Chief Executive Eric Hespenheide
    03 August 2016
    ​On 8 July, GRI announced Chief Executive Michael Meehan’s decision to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities and the appointment of Eric Hespenheide as Interim Chief Executive. In order to fill this role, Eric has stepped down from his position as Chair of the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), in line with governance procedures. Vice-Chair of the GSSB, Michael Nugent, will now chair GSSB meetings until the Independent Appointments Committee identifies a new permanent Chair. 
  • GRI Standards: Moving forward after public consultation
    03 August 2016
    ​The public comment period for the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards) has ended, and the responses are now in. The GRI Standards Division and the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) are hard at work analyzing the feedback and considering how it will influence the final Standards. 
  • Have your say on the GSSB's draft Work Program 2017-2019
    03 August 2016
    ​The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) has published a draft of its future Work Program for public consultation, and invites feedback from all stakeholders to help determine priorities for the next three years. 
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member
    02 August 2016
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Find out why MVO Nederland, a CSR network, decided to recently join the GRI GOLD Community.
  • GRI ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE
    08 July 2016
    ​08 July 2016, Amsterdam. Today, GRI announced Chief Executive Michael Meehan’s decision to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities.
  • GRI Standards – nearing the final weeks of the public comment period!
    06 July 2016
    ​As part of the transition from G4 Guidelines to GRI Standards, the final set of 30 draft Standards were released for public comment on 3 June. These draft GRI Standards cover specific economic, environmental or social topics, and are based on the ‘Aspects’ from G4, such as Child Labor, Water and Biodiversity. 
  • Taiwan has seen a surge in sustainability reporting since 2014
    06 July 2016
    ​Sustainability reporting in Taiwan rose by 64% between 2014 and 2015 according to a recent study by BCSD Taiwan, Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE), and Taipei Exchange (TPEx). The study, Non-Financial Reporting Survey in Taiwan 2015, explored the value of sustainability disclosures to both global and local stakeholders and analysed over 400 sustainability reports published by Taiwanese companies. Here we take a closer look at the findings.
  • Tax transparency, regulation and the need for greater disclosure
    06 July 2016
    ​Corporate tax avoidance in Europe is estimated to cost EU countries EUR 50-70 billion a year in lost tax revenues. Tax payments are an important component of corporate governance, and the Panama Papers scandal has brought the issues of governance and credibility back to the forefront of the corporate dialogue.
  • Key Insights from the GlobeScan Sustainability Survey 2016
    06 July 2016
    ​Non-state actors continue to outperform all other institutions on sustainable development – especially national governments, which remain at the bottom of the list for their achievements, according to a recent survey conducted by GlobeScan and SustainAbility.
  • Give your feedback on ‘Employee/worker’ terminology in the draft Standards
    06 July 2016
    In parallel to the transition from G4 to GRI Standards, a separate project is underway to review the use of ‘employee’, ‘worker’ and related terminology. 
  • Turkish organizations discover the benefits of sustainability reporting through GRI’s Business Transparency Program
    06 July 2016
    ​Twelve SMEs in Turkey have successfully completed the GRI Business Transparency Program (BTP), which supported them through their first reporting cycle. The SMEs are all part of the supply chain of Arçelik, a household appliances manufacturer in Turkey, and some are already seeing the benefits of the program. 
  • An interview with Elisabeth Dahlin
    05 July 2016
    ​Here we talk to CEO of Save the Children Sweden, Elisabeth Dahlin, on the role of the private sector for upholding human rights in business, the importance of the sustainability reporting process, and how businesses can drive action towards achieving the sustainable development goals.
  • Boost your reporting knowledge of key sustainability topics
    05 July 2016
    ​GRI’s e-learning courses are designed to offer an interactive educational experience to participants: from beginners to senior professionals in the world of sustainability. Five new courses have recently been launched to support you on some of the most pressing sustainability issues of our time: climate change, anti-corruption, gender equality, supply chain, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The courses are easily accessible through smart devices and laptops/desktops. 
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community member
    05 July 2016
    ​GRI GOLD Community members are our core supporters. They benefit from the latest insights and trends in sustainability and reporting, demonstrate leadership and form a global community of practice and knowledge sharing. Find out why latest member, international management consulting firm, Junxion Strategy, decided to join the GRI GOLD Community.
  • New reporting resource launched for companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
    22 June 2016
    The world’s stock exchanges are increasingly acknowledging the value of sustainability disclosure and encouraging companies to report fully on their risks, impacts and performance using internationally recognized reporting guidance and standards. 
  • GRI Standards - Reactions on the ground at the 5th GRI Global Conference
    01 June 2016
    ​The evolution of GRI G4 Guidelines to GRI Standards was a popular topic of discussion at this year’s 5th GRI Global Conference. Diverse stakeholders from all elements of the GRI network provided excellent feedback about the draft Standards and asked questions about what the changes entail, why they were initiated, and how they will impact reporters.
  • Human rights at GRI 2016 - A call for governments and business to step up action
    01 June 2016
    ​Human rights was an important theme underpinning the 5th GRI Global Conference discussions. Dante Pesce, Chair of the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights spoke of the importance of viewing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a human rights lens in the second plenary of the Conference, “Forty-seven percent of the SDGs are directly related to human rights and over 80% are indirectly related. Businesses need to start approaching the SDGs with a ‘do no harm’ attitude, to minimize and/or avoid negative impacts first, before they start ticking off their achievements.”
  • Second set of draft GRI Standards available for public comment 3 June
    01 June 2016
    ​The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) is pleased to announce that the second set of draft GRI Standards will be posted on the GSSB public consultation platform on 3 June 2016, ready for your comments. They will join the first set of six Standards currently available for public comment.
  • Turning vision into action at the 5th GRI Global Conference
    01 June 2016
    ​Here you can find a wrap-up of the main discussions, debates, and action that took place during the three dynamic days of the 5th GRI Global Conference.
  • An interview with Elizabeth Yeampierre
    01 June 2016
    ​Elizabeth Yeampierre is Executive Director of UPROSE – a nationally recognized organization that promotes the sustainability of an ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn. Born and raised in an environmental justice community in New York City, Elizabeth Yeampierre witnessed first-hand the health disparities present in her own life and the lives of family members. As a former civil rights attorney, she is an expert at addressing economic and social justice issues.
  • Tackling Climate Risk at the 5th GRI Global Conference
    01 June 2016
    ​Climate change affects all aspects of society and shows no regard for borders. Identifying and tackling climate risk therefore requires a global approach. Government and business alike must make the management of climate risk a top priority.
  • Meet GRI’s latest GOLD Community Member
    31 May 2016
    ​The GRI GOLD Community offers organizations around the world a unique opportunity to join a collaborative, global multi-stakeholder network. This month, we extend a warm welcome to Cielo.
  • 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’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.
  • THE COP21 PARIS AGREEMENT: GRI WITNESSES THIS HISTORIC LANDMARK
    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.
  • GSSB TO ISSUE GRI SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING STANDARDS IN 2016
    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).
  • SAY HELLO TO UNOPS
    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.
  • GRI SUSTAINABILITY DISCLOSURE DATABASE UPGRADED TO TRACK NEW UN DEVELOPMENT GOAL
    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.