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Key facts - Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

GRI is an international independent organisation that helps businesses, governments and other organisations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.


No.1 Pioneer of sustainability reporting (since 1997)

GRI was formed by the United States-based non-profits CERES (Coalition for Environmentally
Responsible Economies) and Tellus Institute, with the support of the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1997.


Three hundred and sixty degrees sustainability action

With the GRI Standards companies and organisations can address all their important impacts, no matter what they are. The GRI Standards are a flexible, all-round, methodical approach used by some of the world’s most successful companies to take action on Environmental, Economic and Social impacts.


Globally, only the GRI Standards

provide a complete set of standards that uniquely addresses all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Sustainability reporters worldwide do not need to use any other sustainability framework for their report.


GRI is the co-constructor’ of new
EU sustainability reporting standards

A Statement of Cooperation between GRI and the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG).Project task Force has been announced, with both organisations agreeing to share technical expertise to co-construct new EU sustainability reporting standards.

This collaboration will help the European Commission increase corporate transparency, in support of the European Green Deal.


80% of the world’s largest 250 companies

The GRI Standards are used by the vast majority of the most successful companies
for sustainability reporting.


Sustainability reporting made easy - Any company
or organisation can report

The GRI Standards can be used by any organisation, regardless of sector, size and location.


GRI: Recommended by the UN Global Compact

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010, the UN Global Compact adopts the GRI Standards as the recommended sustainability reporting framework for companies to communicate on progress made.

Companies across the globe that report in
accordance with the GRI Standards

Below is a list by sector of companies and organisations that are using GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards for their sustainability reporting. Please click on the title of the sector to expand.

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last updated in this article: May 2020

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