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June 27, 2012

GRI to amend sustainability reporting guidelines

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has proposed changes to its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines G4.

Proposed changes have been released in a document for public comment and include specific areas of revision, such as:

  • Boundary: GRI aims to clarify better how to define the content and boundaries of sustainability and therefore properly understand what to report;
  • Application levels: the proposed change is to discontinue the ‘Application Levels’, originally designed to assist organisations in communicating the degree of transparency of their sustainability reports against the Guidelines; and, 
  • Governance and remuneration: the revision aims to strengthen the link between governance and sustainability performance.

Amendments are also proposed in the disclosures on management approach and supply chain area.

Comments are open until 25 September 2012, while GRI is set to launch the new sustainability guidelines in 2013.


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