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GRI Global Conference 2016
PostedMay 18, 2016, in  Step 8: sustainable society
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Today in the RAI in Amsterdam, the GRI Global Conference 2016 begins. Until this coming Friday, 1500 ‘sustainability leaders’ from all corners of the world are coming together. The most important objective is knowledge sharing, from trends to innovations to ‘best practices’. 


New era

In the late 90s, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) took the initiative of developing guidelines for sustainability reporting. Those guidelines are getting an increasing following and so the GRI has been able to develop worldwide into a tireless driver for a more sustainable world. Now the Paris Agreement is a fact and the EU has made sustainability reporting the norm, we are on the verge of a new era. The GRI Global Conference 2016 promises to be more than inspiring.

‘The focus of the GRI 2016 Conference is to embrace this new era and accelerate progress by delivering innovative sustainability content and by building capability.’


The program includes Plenary Sessions, Master Classes, Academic Sessions, Regional Sessions, Breakout Sessions and a more informal Market Place. There are six key topics: 

  1. Enabling smart policy. The wheel only has to be invented once. In this program line, sustainable ideas from all over the world will pass by. The objective is, literally and figuratively, to look beyond individual borders and find inspiration. How are transparency and sustainable growth dealt with elsewhere, in relation to social and business partners?
  2. More reporters, better reporting. The better the reporting, the better an organization is able to take sustainable decisions. SMEs (small to medium sized enterprises) play an important role here. How can SMEs translate sustainability reporting to their own sector?
  3. Moving beyond reports. It’s not just about creating qualitatively high value date, but also about what you then do with it. How can you use sustainability reporting in the communication with various types of stakeholder?
  4. Innovation & Collaboration. In this line a unique look at the future is shown: what can we expect? How can technology and big data contribute to sustainability reporting?
  5. Reporting standards. For those not (yet) all too familiar with sustainability reporting, this is an essential topic. A glance at the most important backgrounds, activities and of course the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative.
  6. Facing the challenges. The world is dynamic and a sustainable world will not come about naturally. What challenges are we facing? Some major issues will be discussed, such as human rights, anti-corruption and climate change.


For everyone

Experience teaches us that a GRI Conference is a source of inspiration for everyone who – in any way – has anything to do with sustainability reporting. Not only for the pioneers, but also for those who are still orienting themselves. It is with good reason that knowledge is power. And during the GRI Global Conference 2016 there is an abundance of knowledge.

‘Such a great event. I left feeling invigorated, inspired and excited about what we can accomplish.’ - Dave Pearson, DTTL Chief Sustainability Officer

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PostedMay 18, 2016, in Step 8: sustainable society
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