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Learning Publications

​The GRI Learning Publications Series helps organizations to understand and apply the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Different categories of publications, each aimed at different readerships, share GRI’s learning around the Reporting Framework and sustainability reporting.

 For SMEs



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Small Business, Big Impact
SME Sustainability Reporting: From vision to action

Global sustainability challenges are increasingly driving new regulations, laws and policy. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a crucial role to play in building a sustainable future and doing so is smart from a business perspective. Through sustainability reporting, SMEs can improve risk management, foster responsible business practices and unlock new opportunities in global markets. This publication strives to inspire SMEs about the important role they play in the global economy, how GRI Standards and the SDGs can help them to understand and communicate their impacts and performance in the context of the global sustainability challenge, and to encourage SMEs to take action to build a sustainable future. Small Business, Big Impact. SME Sustainability Reporting: From vision to action is a publication from GRI and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE).

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GRI would like to thank the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency- Sida, for their support development of the publication Small Business, Big Impact- SME Sustainability Reporting: From vision to action.


 For SMEs (G4)










Ready to Report? Introducing Sustainability Reporting for SMEs

This publication is aimed at SMEs who are considering whether sustainability reporting is relevant for them, and how they can start the reporting process in a realistic way that relates to their own context and circumstances. It provides a simple introduction to sustainability reporting (using the GRI G4 Guidelines) in order to help SMEs take the first small steps in their sustainability journey.

The booklet focuses on the following topics:

• Relevance and value of reporting for SMEs
• GRI Reporting Process for SMEs

The publication of Ready to Report? Introducing Sustainability Reporting for SMEs has been made possible with financial support from State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It can be downloaded free of charge from GRI’s Resource Library.

Translated versions of the booklet can also be downloaded in the following languages: Arabic, Bahasa-IndonesianBrazilian-PortugueseFrench, GermanItalian, Spanish, Simplified ChineseTraditional Chinese and Vietnamese.


 For All G4 Reporters


Introducing the GRI Sustainability Reporting Process – A “How-to” handbook for all G4 reporters

This book is aimed at anyone who is either already in the process of preparing a sustainability report using the GRI G4 Sustainability Guidelines or is about to start the reporting process. It provides a step-by-step approach to the reporting process and is suitable for all types of organizations that are relatively new to sustainability reporting.
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese & Simplified Chinese
Date of publication: 1 December 2014​

This handbook is provided in an electronic format.


Pricing Policy
Regular​ GRI GOLD Community members​
OECD EUR 35.00​ EUR 31.50​
Non-OECD EUR 28.00​ EUR 25.20​
If you are from a non-OECD country, please email providing your invoicing address to get a promo code.
The GRI GOLD Community members receive an additional discount by using the promo code that is available on the GRI GOLD Community private pages.
Brazilian Portuguese​
Simplified Chinese​

 Starting Points