Working with governments

Governments and sustainability reporting

Governments play a crucial and multi-faceted role in the field of sustainability reporting - as regulators, investors, reporters and policymakers.

Governments can drive transparency by implementing policies and regulations for sustainability reporting. They can stimulate the use of publicly reported information to foster public debate and support activities and initiatives committed to sustainable development. They can also convene multi-stakeholder events and participate in public-private partnerships that build the capacity needed to mainstream sustainability reporting and transition to a sustainable global economy.

As reporters, public agencies can set an example by being transparent about their policies and practices and asking their suppliers to do the same. In fact, several countries have legislation in place requiring state-owned companies to produce sustainability reports.

A long-standing collaboration

As the pioneer of sustainability reporting more than 20 years ago, GRI has provided vital support to government initiatives that stimulate corporate transparency and accountability. GRI was closely involved at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 – and contributed to the development of the Group of Friends of Paragraph 47, formed by leading governments from around the world to advance sustainability reporting policies and practices. 

Today, we continue to contribute our expertise and input to the development of local, national and international policies and regulations for sustainability reporting. The European Union Non-financial Reporting Directive review is one current example.

Get in touch!

GRI's engagement and collaboration with governments are led by our policy team. Contact Thijs Reuten, Head of Policy.

Thijs Reuten