Sustainability experts call on public to shape corporate reporting

Global Reporting Initiative press release

For Immediate Release

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Sustainability experts call on public to shape corporate reporting

Sustainability reporting experts at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) are calling on all organizations and individuals to shape the future of corporate reporting by taking part in a survey open until 24 November 2011.

GRI produces the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework. GRI is now working on the next generation of its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – G4. As part of the development process, the first Public Comment Period is now open for organizations and individuals to share their views and help shape the structure and content of G4.

Nelmara Arbex, Deputy Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), said: “This is the time for the public to share their thoughts and get G4 right. G4 will be based on GRI’s current Guidelines, but it also has to be shaped to be a platform for sustainability reporting over the next six to eight years.

“Should companies be required to report on a globally defined set of indicators? How can GRI offer guidelines that are easily linked to other frameworks? Should G4 be web based? And should G4 offer templates to help beginners, to decrease costs and link the reports directly to databases? This is your chance to answer these questions.”

John Elkington, member of GRI’s Board of Directors and Founding Partner and Executive Chairman of Volans, explained why people should respond to the survey: “Steve Jobs knew the value of an insanely great operating system. That’s what we are working towards with GRI’s new G4 Guidelines. This is your chance to shape the guidelines and help drive the green growth and wider sustainability transitions. Please help us get this right.”

The survey is available online until 24 November 2011. It is available in English, Portuguese (Português), Mandarin Chinese (????), French (Français) and Spanish (Español) and can take 20 to 70 minutes to complete. You can only give feedback in one sitting, and your answers will count even if you do not complete the survey.

To complete the survey: http://goo.gl/2Udan

For more information: http://goo.gl/aVGCV

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Lucy Goodchild

Press & Communications Manager

Global Reporting Initiative

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Notes to Editors

1. About the Global Reporting Initiative

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) produces a comprehensive Sustainability Reporting Framework that is widely used around the world, to enable greater organizational transparency. The Framework, including the Reporting Guidelines, sets out the Principles and Indicators organizations can use to report their economic, environmental, and social performance. GRI is committed to continuously improving and increasing the use of the Guidelines, which are freely available to the public.

Website: www.globalreporting.org