Press Release – GRI launches GOLD Community to shape the future of sustainability

Jay Owen Green Prosperity

February 2016

GRI launches GOLD Community to shape the future of sustainability

16 February 2016, Amsterdam. Today GRI launched a new membership and engagement program, the GRI GOLD Community, building on its collaborative, global multi-stakeholder network. The GRI GOLD Community consists of diverse companies and organizations from across civil society, business, mediating institutions, labor and intergovernmental agencies, united in the belief that greater transparency is a catalyst for change towards a more sustainable economy and world. More than 550 organizations from 69 countries are part of the GOLD Community, representing more than 35 sectors of the world’s economy.

“The GOLD Community is made up of leading organizations that are helping GRI shape the future of sustainability. GOLD Community members are the core of GRI’s global network and through their participation they play a crucial role in enabling us to carry out our mission,” said GRI Chief Executive Michael Meehan. “With last year’s arrival of the post-2015 Development Agenda and the ambitious agreements made at COP 21, businesses have been called upon to take action toward a more sustainable world. The GRI GOLD Community will help its members unlock the real value of sustainability information to support these important goals.”

GOLD Community members already play a pivotal role in mapping out the future of sustainability through GRI’s Sustainability and Reporting 2025 project. This is just one of the ways that GRI provides exclusive benefits and opportunities to its GOLD Community, keeping them up to date on the latest insights and trends:

Gateways to networking & collaboration, such as access to GRI’s Gold Roundtable Series Opportunities for profiling & visibility, such as exclusive access to GRI’s Featured Reports Service Leading edge knowledge & insights, such as the G4 Forefront program Dedicated services & support, such as a complimentary Alignment Service for their G4 report

“As members, we have the opportunity to hear and learn from the different points of view that are expressed around the same table – this is how good decisions are made,” said Michel Washer, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer at Solvay.

GRI’s GOLD Community will come together for the first time at the 5th GRI Global Conference 18 – 20 May in Amsterdam. At the conference, GOLD Community members will have access to exclusive content sessions and dedicated networking opportunities, aimed at enabling effective action towards sustainable development.

For more information or to join the GRI GOLD Community please contact GRI’s Corporate & Stakeholder Relations Team at [email protected] or GRI’s Media Relations Manager Davion Ford at [email protected]

About GRI GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters. More than 35 countries and regions reference GRI in their policies. GRI is built upon a unique multi-stakeholder principle, which ensures the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of its standards. GRI’s mission is to empower decision-makers everywhere, through its standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.