Interview with GRI’s Chief of Standards and Chief Development Officer

Earth Day is an opportunity to put the spotlight on the pressing needs of our planet, in the face of ever growing impacts by humanity, and galvanize action to change practices and behavior. The corporate contribution to these impacts — by businesses and other organizations around the world — is significant. Therefore the role of companies, in participating in solutions that safeguard the natural environment, are also crucial.

To identify and recognize how a company is impacting on the sustainability of the Earth, the starting point is transparency. The GRI…

By Camila Corradi Bracco, Senior Coordinator — Content Development & Program Delivery, GRI

Since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2016, the role of the private sector in fulfilling the 2030 Agenda has been widely acknowledged, as set out under SDG 12. Yet to assess how companies are actually contributing towards these Global Goals, we need greater transparency on their impacts.

Over the past four years, GRI has championed the participation of companies in measuring their performance on the SDGs. …

By Anna Krotova, Senior Manager — Standards, GRI

With COVID-19 disrupting commercial activities around the globe, one of the many knock-on effects has been on the composition and volume of waste generated by organizations. The crisis has added new considerations for why transparency about the way waste management systems are designed and function is essential for adequate performance, both now and beyond the pandemic.

For example, some companies are faced with the challenge to offer adequate protection for workers who deal with waste. Others are presented with trade-offs and new waste-related impacts, as they have shifted from physical commercial activity…

By Pamela Carpio, Manager — Standards, GRI

When we look back to GRI’s foundation more than 20 years ago, sustainability reporting has come a long way — and is now mainstream practice by many companies around the world. More comparable and comprehensive disclosure has been supported by the development of a global reporting framework, the GRI Standards. Yet at the sector level, in terms of how companies address their joint challenges, reporting can still be inconsistent.

Against this backdrop, in 2019 we launched the GRI Sector Program. This expansion of the Standards strives to support best practice sustainability reporting and…

By Michele Lemmens, Regional Head of the GRI ASEAN Hub

On 3 September 2019, just over one year ago, GRI launched in an eighth global location. Adding to a global network that already spanned from Brazil and Colombia to China, from the Netherlands to South Africa, from India to the USA, the new regional hub extends the influence of GRI to ASEAN– based in the financial hub of Singapore.

The opening of the ASEAN hub would not have been possible without the backing of a consortium of Singapore-based sustainability champions. This group includes the Singapore Stock Exchange, CDL and CapitaLand…

By Cornis van der Lugt (USB) and Peter Paul van de Wijs (GRI)

The 2020 stock take of ESG reporting provisions in countries and markets around the world

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure has never been more pervasive around the world — and it is now firmly in the mainstream of policies requiring reporting on organizational performance. This was a key conclusion of the fifth edition of Carrots & Sticks, the flagship publication and online resource assessing the regulatory landscape for non-financial reporting.

An initiative of Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), Carrots & Sticks (C&S) offers a comprehensive overview of the latest trends in reporting provisions world-wide…

By Christine Koblun, Head of Content Development & Program Delivery, GRI

Earlier this summer we reached out to our network to build an understand of their most pressing needs, as they attempt to address the materiality of COVID-19. As one of our stakeholders from Zimbabwe put it: “Sustainability reporting prepares companies to evaluate their resilience — and GRI provides a strong and wide framework to look at the different areas of risk.”

Through these discussions, companies told us that:

· The sustainability context in which they operate has drastically changed;

· Many were not sufficiently prepared for such a large-scale…

By Laura Espinach, GRI Head of Technical Development

In June, we announced a major update to the reporting at the heart of the GRI Standards. The planned revisions to the Universal Standards are significant because they will affect every organization that uses the GRI Standards, supporting them to more effectively report their most significant impacts on the economy, environment and people.

To help put the revised Universal Standards in context, and contribute to the debate about the proposed changes, a series of articles have published by Elaine Cohen, author of the CSR-Reporting blog. Elaine is founder of social and environmental…

By Michele Lemmens, Head of GRI’s ASEAN Regional Hub

Sustainability is one of the most important challenges, and opportunities, of our time. And businesses are powerful enablers in the sustainability-led transformation journey. Some champions are aligning sustainability and business strategies by actively addressing the material change needed in business models as well as the extending responsibility across value chains and external systems.

There are many other companies just starting to understand the relevance of sustainable development — as well as why it matters for the business, and how a multi-stakeholder approach can inform decisions leading to positive impacts.

Changing expectations

By Julien Parkhomenko, Senior Coordinator Policy & Strategic Relations, GRI

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, GRI has been a strong and proactive supporter of human rights reporting, providing global standards that help companies be transparent about their impacts, including how they meet their responsibility to respect human rights.

Human rights permeate throughout the GRI Standards. They are addressed in the Universal Standards, which apply to all organizations that disclose their impacts through GRI. Our topic-specific Standards cover a number of human rights issues, such as child labor, forced labor, non-discrimination, and the rights of indigenous peoples.



GRI is the independent international organization that helps businesses and other organizations communicate and understand their sustainability impacts.

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