Global Reporting Initiative G4 Guidelines on Sustainability Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based organisation that aims to mainstream a firm’s disclosure on environmental, social and governance performance. The GRI produce Sustainability Reporting Guidelines in an effort to fulfill these goals. G4 is the latest generation of these guidelines.

The Guidelines consist of Principles for defining report content and ensuring the quality of the information reported. The Guidelines also include Standard Disclosures consisting of Performance Indicators and other disclosure items. Also included are Indicator Protocols (which provide definitions and other information to ensure consistency), Technical Protocols (to provide guidance on issues in reporting) and Sector Supplements (instructing the user on how to use the Guidelines in a specific sector; they are to be used in addition to the standing Guidelines rather than replace them).

Click here to see the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

Mark Harper
Author: Mark Harper
Mark was project manager of China Water Risk for 2013. Articles written under his tenure are those of China Water Risk. Mark has worked for nearly a decade managing corporate/NGO partnerships focused on environmental engagement and corporate sustainability. He was previously the programme manager for Earthwatch Institute and Flora & Fauna International. Mark has extensive experience organizing hands-on conservation and educational projects for corporates, schools and communities. He has lived and worked in Sri Lanka, Oxford, Hong Kong, Boston and London. Separately, Mark actively pursues his interest in environmental conservation, by volunteering to monitor great white sharks in California to conducting research on rhino census in South Africa. Mark believes that change is only possible through the collective action of the corporate and investment communities.
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