Global Reporting Initiative – GRI

Global Reporting Initiative – GRI

Description

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), is a set of standards to be used at the global scale for international reporting. These standards were developed to help organizations’ better understand their impact on critical sustainability issues as well as communicate more effectively with the different stakeholders. This allows real action in creating social, environmental, and economic benefits.

How It Works

The GRI Standards are structured as a set of interrelated, modular standards. There are two basic approaches for using the GRI Standards. Universal Standards and Topic-specific standards. Universal standards are divided into the GRI-101 Starting point for using GRI Standards, GRI-102 to report contextual information about an organization, and GRI-103 to report the management approach for different material topics. The topic-specific Standards are divided into GRI-200 Economic, GRI-300 Environmental and GRI-400 Social Standards.

Tool Outcome

Foster organizations’ understanding and communication of their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance, and social well-being. Enabling real action in creating social, environmental and economic benefits. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards are developed with multi-stakeholder contributions and rooted in public interest.

Sustainability Criteria

  • GRI 101: Starting point for using GRI Standard,
  • GRI 102: Reporting contextual information about an organization,
  • GRI 103: Reporting the management approach for different material topics,
  • GRI 200: Economic (6 standards),
  • GRI 300: Environmental (8 standards),
  • GRI 400: Social (19 standards).

Additional Information

  • Users of the tool- Project Team, Developers, Public Authorities, General Audience
  • Phase when the tool applies- Prioritization, Planning, Design, Construction, Operation
  • Geographic application- Not specified – Applies globally