GRI is a non-profit organization working in the public interest towards a vision of a sustainable global economy. GRI supports and guides businesses, governments and other organizations in perceiving, understanding and communicating the impact of business on major, critical sustainability issues. Issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption, and many others.

 

A pioneer of sustainability reporting

In pursuit of this mission, GRI has pioneered sustainability reporting since the late 1990s, transforming it from a niche practice to a practice embraced today by a growing majority of organizations.

With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling businesses, governments, civil society and citizens to make better, sustainable decisions based on information that matters.

As regards GRI’s global spread let it be said that of the world’s largest 250 corporations 93% report on their sustainability performance and over 80% of these use GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards to do so. In total, more than 5,000 organizations across more than 90 countries have used the GRI Guidelines for their sustainability reporting.

 

UN global compact adopts GRI CSR guildelines

 

Alliances and synergies

Highly adaptable, the GRI Guidelines are often used in combination with other international initiatives and frameworks, with alliances and synergies committing GRI to joint activity with partner organizations.

Thus, GRI has global strategic partnerships with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Global Compact, among others. As regards the latter, under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010 the Global Compact adopts the GRI Guidelines as the recommended reporting framework for companies to communicate on progress made for companies to communicate on progress made. The alliance will allow both initiatives to focus on their respective and complementary strengths and will provide companies with a clear, coherent roadmap to corporate sustainability.

 

Vision, Mission, and Beliefs

GRI’s vision: to create a future where sustainability forms an essential part of every organization's decision-making process.

GRI’s mission: to empower decision makers everywhere through GRI’s sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

GRI believes:

  • In the power of a multi-stakeholder process and inclusive network
  • Transparency is a catalyst for change
  • GRI’s standards empower informed decision making
  • A global perspective is needed to change the world
  • Public interest should drive every decision made by an organization

 

 

GRI Five year focus 2015GRI's strategic priorities

Over the next five years GRI will focus on four strategic areas to ensure that sustainability reporting empowers sustainable decisions in all kinds of ways:

  • Enabling smart policy
  • More reporters, better reporting
  • Moving beyond reports
  • Innovation & collaboration

 

Key facts

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  • Over 80% of the world’s largest 250 corporations issue Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports using GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
  • GRI has global strategic partnerships with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Global Compact, with its framework enjoying synergies with the guidance of the International Finance Corporation, the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 26000, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Earth Charter Initiative
  • GRI is focused on taking action on what matters when it matters: companies identify their impacts on the environment and stakeholders, measure, set targets, take action to minimize their negative impacts and increase their positive impacts, report the outcomes in their CSR report
  • Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010 the UN Global Compact adopts the GRI Guidelines as the recommended reporting framework for companies to communicate on progress made.


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References:

1) https://www.globalreporting.org/Information/about-gri/Pages/default.aspx
2) https://www.globalreporting.org/information/news-and-press-center/Documents/GRI-Five-year-focus-2015.pdf
3) https://www.globalreporting.org/information/about-gri/alliances-and-synergies/Pages/default.aspx
4) https://www.unglobalcompact.org/news/50-06-24-2010

 

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