Understanding waste impacts can unlock new opportunities

By Anna Krotova, Senior Manager — Standards, GRI

Ultimately, the Standard helps companies identify interventions and decisions for addressing the root-causes of their waste-related impacts.

Why context matters

The pandemic has exposed weaknesses in our established socio-economic systems. However, history has shown that it is crises moments like these that can create the urgency and openness needed to achieve change. Waste management is one such area where companies can learn from the crisis and build back better.

This means looking at the waste problem from a systems thinking perspective, understanding the root-causes of why waste is generated in the first place. It means acknowledging the wider impacts on the environment and people, who bear the consequences of a company’s waste far removed from its corporate headquarters. And it means embracing circularity thinking to design out waste and pollution, retaining the value of products already in use, and collaborating to find solutions.

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