Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

GRI is an independent international organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations take responsibility for their impacts, by providing them with the global common language to communicate their impacts. They provide the world's most widely used standards for sustainability reporting - the GRI Standards.

The GRI Secretariat is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and they have a network of seven regional offices ensuring they can support organizations and stakeholders world wide.

The GRI Standards are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect global best practice for sustainability reporting, helping organizations respond to emerging information demands from stakeholders and regulators. The GRI Standards enable any organization – large or small, private or public – to understand and report on their impacts on the economy, environment and people in a comparable and credible way, thereby increasing transparency on their contribution to sustainable development. In addition to reporting companies, the Standards are highly relevant to many stakeholders - including investors, policymakers, capital markets, and civil society. ​

The Standards are designed as an easy-to-use modular set, delivering an inclusive picture of an organization's material topics, their related impacts, and how they are managed.

  • The Universal Standards - now revised to incorporate reporting on human rights and environmental due diligence, in line with intergovernmental expectations - apply to all organizations
  • The new Sector Standards enable more consistent reporting on sector-specific impacts
  • The Topic Standards - adapted to be used with the revised Universal Standards - the list disclosures relevant to a particular topic

Access an overview of how the Standards are set up and what to look for in the reporting process with this short introduction: Get to know the GRI Standards system

See more information about GRI on their website

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