By Noora Puro, Manager — Sector Program, GRI

As the build-up continues to the pandemic-delayed UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), all eyes — and hopefully all agendas — are on how to reach net-zero carbon emissions. And as the International Energy Agency (IEA) made clear in its recent Net Zero by 2050 report, this aim will fall short without a radical decrease this decade in the share of coal in global energy generation. Indeed, taken together, the coal, oil, and gas sectors are the single main cause of climate change due to their production of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

It’s…

By Margarita Lysenkova, Manager — Sector Program, GRI

As the global community gears up for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, it is significant that preparations are also underway by GRI to deliver a new sector reporting standard for agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing. The Summit aims to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, unlocking the contribution of companies in the food production sectors will be impossible without clarity on their sustainable development impacts.

Part of GRI’s new Sector Program, which aims to deliver 40 Sector Standards over the coming years…

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…

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