Sustainability Business Services: Global Reporting Initiative Services (GRI) is a network-based organization that has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide.
The Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) vision is that disclosure on economic, environmental, and social performance become as commonplace and comparable as financial reporting, and as important to organizational success. GRI’s mission is to create conditions for the transparent and reliable exchange of sustainability information through the development and continuous improvement of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework.
Benefits of GRI Reporting
Sustainability reports based on the GRI framework can be used to benchmark organizational performance with respect to laws, norms, codes, performance standards and voluntary initiatives; demonstrate organizational commitment to sustainable development; and compare organizational performance over time. GRI promotes and develops this standardized approach to reporting to stimulate demand for sustainability information – which will benefit reporting organizations and those who use report information alike.
This framework sets out the principles and indicators that organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance. The cornerstone of the framework is the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Other components of the framework include Sector Supplements (unique indicators for industry sectors) and National Annexes (unique country-level information).
We have extensive experience with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and have helped organizations with applications and filings as per the G3 online Reporting Frameworkguidelines. However, we don’t report to GRI on behalf of organizations (not sure if that was your question over the phone). Filing of GRI reporting needs to be done by organizations themselves. We help them with the process of understanding the sustainability reporting frameworks and continuous improvement and application of best practices linked to the four key drivers of successful reporting for GRI as per G3- Materiality, Stakeholder Inclusiveness, Sustainability Context and Completeness.
Development of the reporting framework
The Reporting Framework provides guidance on how organizations can disclose their sustainability performance. The Guidelines (“G3”) are the foundation of the Framework. The Framework is applicable to organizations of any size, constituency or location, and has been used already by many hundreds of organizations around the world, as the basis of their sustainability reporting. Information-seekers can more accurately interpret disclosed information if it is communicated through the GRI’s credible, comparable framework.
Preparation of the GRI application
The Reporting Framework contains the core product of the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines(“the Guidelines”), as well as Protocols and Sector Supplements. The Sustainability Reporting Framework – of which the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines are the cornerstone – provides guidance for organizations to disclose their sustainability performance. It is applicable to organizations of any size or type, and from any sector or geographic region, and has been used by thousands of organizations worldwide as the basis for their sustainability reporting.
Audit and Deployment of GRI standards at your organization
Arcus has extensive experience in auditing sustainability practices and corporate sustainability assessments. In the past year, we have helped around 20 clients in the field of change management associated with sustainable practices. We have deep expertise on issues including abatement cost curves, the business impact of carbon regulation, emissions trading, and changing asset valuation.
Environmental Policy Development:
- Strategy for environmental consciousness and a set of obtainable goals
Waste Reduction Measures:
- Waste Assessments, Reduction Plans, Sourcing Recycling Markets… finding solutions.
- Regulatory framework, City By-laws, Provincial Regulations, News updates
- Local Contacts, Sourcing and Price Quotations on waste related matters.
- Full facility Review
- Analysis of Packaging and Materials
- Written Assessment and Consultation
Water & Energy Efficiency:
- Water and Energy reduction assistance, general recommendations and helpful advice
- Referrals and/or Negotiations with Service Suppliers
- Critique of Proposals and/or Project Management for Renovations
- Cost/Benefit Analysis
Marketing & Communications:
- Analysis and Advice for reaching environmentally concerned consumers
- Ideas for materials for internal or external awareness building
- Ideas for incentive programs, capturing media attention and gaining internet presence
- Writing inserts for internal newsletter to promote staff awareness
- Education about Eco-labels, Certifications and establishing Green Buying Criteria
- Sourcing and/or Cost Analysis of any Environmental Products or Services
- Brokering and/or Supply of “Green” Products
- Consultations, Training and Implementation
- Developing, Assisting and/or Chairing Environmental Committee Meetings
- Providing answers or directions to questions, problems and set-backs
- Defining priorities, goals, time frames and organizational structure to measure progress and returns
- Defining measures needed to fulfill expectations and delegating roles & responsibilities
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