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PostedAugust 26, 2015, in  Step 6: continuous innovation
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The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines have become the norm in sustainability reporting. On the basis of the GRI Guidelines thousands of companies worldwide are taking responsibility for their economic, social and environmental activities. On 9 June, 2015 the GRI published the plans for the coming five years. What will change?  

Logical evolution

GRI has introduced a number of changes at every level: there is a new logo, a new vision and a new mission. It's not about a fundamental change of direction, but about a logical evolution from the existing model. Over the past years the emphasis lay on creating awareness of support for sustainable reporting. Now it is time for the next step: integrating sustainable thinking into the daily activities of policy makers. After all, a report is only a snapshot, while sustainability deserves constant attention.

‘A future where sustainability is integral to every organization’s decision-making process.’ – New vision GRI

‘To empower decision-makers everywhere through our Standards and multi-stakeholder network to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.’ – New mission GRI

For strategic objectives

The common denominator of the new-style GRI is ‘empowering sustainable decisions’. In order to realize that, four strategic objectives have been defined:

  1. Enabling Smart Policy. For more than 10 years, GRI has supported governments, capital investors and international institutions in the development of a sustainability policy. GRI will be promoting sustainability policy even more vigorously. Certain themes will be explicitly put on the agenda: climate change, human rights and corruption, for example.
  2. More Reporters and Better Reporting. Although more than 5,000 organizations in 90 countries have chosen for sustainable reporting, there are still many organizations that haven’t. GRI will continue to encourage organizations to embrace sustainable reporting. In addition to quantity, the quality will also have to be raised, so it's not just about more reports but about better reports too.
  3. Moving Beyond Reports. Policy makers profit from qualitative, reliable data. A sustainability report can be a useful tool for that. Those who wish to proactively anticipate developments need sustainable data on a continuous basis. GRI wants to support the policy makers in this.
  4. Innovation & Collaboration. GRI preaches transparency and acts accordingly: all knowledge is made available as open data. In the coming years, GRI intends to take that a step further, by also developing and sharing technology and big data. GRI views that as ‘a launch pad for innovation in sustainability’.

Want to know more?

Improve4all is Organizational Stakeholder of GRI. Want to know more about the opportunities and challenges of sustainable reporting? Contact us for an informal chat. 



‘GRI envisions a future beyond reports, where information from sustainability reporting empowers decision making throughout organizations.’ – Michael Meehan, CEO GRI

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PostedAugust 26, 2015, in Step 6: continuous innovation
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