The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has appointed four new members to its board, effective 1 January 2020.

The board of directors oversees the organisation's work to increase and strengthen sustainability disclosures by companies around the world.

With the addition of the four new directors, GRI’s 15-member board will include 13 nationalities from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

The new appointees are:

  • Eelco van der Enden, a  partner at PwC
  • Jessica Fries, executive chair of A4s – Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability
  • Lance Gokongwei, president and CEO of JG Summit Holdings
  • Jyrki Raina, a global industrial relations expert

GRI board chair Eric Hespenheide said: “GRI provides international leadership through our mission to develop global standards for disclosure of economic, environmental and social performance. I am excited to welcome four new directors to the Board.

“Collectively and individually they will add a lot of knowledge and experience to GRI and their appointments continue to demonstrate our independent and multi-stakeholder approach.”

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GRI chief executive Tim Mohin said: “The appointments of Eelco, Jessica, Lance and Jyrki bring fresh perspectives and expertise and I look forward to working with them to advance sustainability reporting. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the four departing Board members for their expert input and guidance.”