KPMG report confirms record high reporting levels around the world
GRI has welcomed research that shows a record number of companies, spanning sectors and geographic regions, are voluntarily choosing to disclose their sustainability impacts – with the GRI Standards the most widely used for reporting.
The 2020 KPMG Survey of Sustainability Reporting found almost all (96%) of the world’s largest 250 companies (the G250) report on their sustainability performance. For the N100 –5,200 companies comprising the largest 100 firms in 52 countries – 80% do so.
Partnerships lead to transparency for small and medium-sized enterprises
Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) form the majority of businesses globally, and as such play a crucial role in creating a more sustainable economy, environment and society. And as we approach Small Business Saturday (28 November), it is highly relevant to reflect on their contribution and importance.
With backing from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), GRI has over a number of years been supporting SMEs around the world in their sustainability journey.
New appointments to the Global Sustainability Standards Board
November 18, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Three appointments have been made to the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), the independent body with sole responsibility for developing and issuing the GRI Standards.
Multi-stakeholder appointments to GRI’s governance bodies
November 17, 2020 /3BL Media/ - GRI, provider of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards, has announced changes to its Board of Directors.
The appointments come at a time when corporate sustainability is high on the global agenda – reinforced by the impact of the pandemic and the need to quicken progress on the Sustainable Development Goals – all of which emphasize GRI’s leadership role as an enabler for transparency and accountability.
The four new Board appointees, which take effect from January 2021, are:
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.
Increased global accessibility with Standards now in 12 languages
Organizations in Brazil, Portugal and eight other countries have improved access to the world’s most widely used standards for sustainability reporting, following publication of the GRI Standards in Portuguese.
The Portuguese translation enables GRI to further expand its reach with organizations and stakeholders in Portuguese speaking countries. GRI currently has more than 6,000 registered users in Brazil and Portugal.
GRI and Enel announce three regional engagement events
October 21, 2020 /3BL Media/ - How is COVID-19 impacting on efforts by companies and stakeholders to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? And how can a sustainable and inclusive recovery phase to the pandemic mobilize the partnerships and transparency needed to achieve these Global Goals?
Public opinion poll on social and environmental corporate performance
October 14, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Research across 27 markets has found that trust in how companies communicate their sustainability performance has increased to a record 51% this year, with significant variations by country.
The survey from GlobeScan and GRI asked 1,000 people in each location to indicate whether they agree that companies are honest and truthful about their social and environmental performance. The level of trust is the highest since the survey began in 2003, when it was at 30%.
Training now available on occupational health and safety reporting
October 7, 2020 /3BL Media/ - A new course has launched that helps companies to effectively incorporate occupational health and safety (OHS) impacts within their sustainability report – including insights on the OHS implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.