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GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines

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Version 3.0
RG
Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
© 2000-2006 GRI
 
Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
RG
Version 3.0
Table of Contents
Preace
Sustaiable Developmet ad theTrasparec Imperative
Introduction
Overview o Sustaiabilit Reportig
 The Purpose o a Sustainability Report 3Orientation to the GRI Reporting Framework 3Orientation to the GRI Guidelines 4Applying the Guidelines 5
Part 1
Defig Report Cotet, Qualit,ad Boudar
Guidance or Dening Report Content 7Principles or Dening Report Content 8Principles or Ensuring Report Quality 14Guidance or Report Boundary Setting 18
Part 2
Stadard Disclosures
Strategy and Prole 201. Strategy and Analysis 202. Organizational Prole 213. Report Parameters 214. Governance, Commitments,and Engagement 225. Management Approach andPerormance Indicators 24Economic 25Environmental 27Social:Labor Practices and Decent Work 30Human Rights 32Society 33Product Responsibility 35
General Reporting Notes
Data Gathering 37Report Form and Frequency 37Assurance 38Glossary o Terms 39G3 Guidelines Acknowledgements 41
 
Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
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© 2000-2006 GRI
Preface
Sustainable Development and theTransparency Imperative
 The goal o sustainable development is to “meet theneeds o the present without compromising the abilityo uture generations to meet their own needs.”
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Askey orces in society, organizations o all kinds have animportant role to play in achieving this goal.Yet in this era o unprecedented economic growth,achieving this goal can seem more o an aspiration thana reality. As economies globalize, new opportunitiesto generate prosperity and quality o lie are arisingthough trade, knowledge-sharing, and access totechnology. However, these opportunities are not alwaysavailable or an ever-increasing human population,and are accompanied by new risks to the stability o the environment. Statistics demonstrating positiveimprovements in the lives o many people around theworld are counter-balanced by alarming inormationabout the state o the environment and the continuingburden o poverty and hunger on millions o people. This contrast creates one o the most pressing dilemmasor the 21st century.One o the key challenges o sustainable developmentis that it demands new and innovative choices and wayso thinking. While developments in knowledge andtechnology are contributing to economic development,they also have the potential to help resolve the risksand threats to the sustainability o our social relations,environment, and economies. New knowledge andinnovations in technology, management, and publicpolicy are challenging organizations to make newchoices in the way their operations, products, services,and activities impact the earth, people, and economies. The urgency and magnitude o the risks and threatsto our collective sustainability, alongside increasingchoice and opportunities, will make transparencyabout economic, environmental, and social impactsa undamental component in eective stakeholderrelations, investment decisions, and other marketrelations. To support this expectation, and tocommunicate clearly and openly about sustainability,a globally shared ramework o concepts, consistentlanguage, and metrics is required. It is the GlobalReporting Initiative’s (GRI) mission to ull this needby providing a trusted and credible ramework or sustainability reporting that can be used byorganizations o any size, sector, or location. Transparency about the sustainability o organizationalactivities is o interest to a diverse range o stakeholders,including business, labor, non-governmentalorganizations, investors, accountancy, and others. Thisis why GRI has relied on the collaboration o a largenetwork o experts rom all o these stakeholder groupsin consensus-seeking consultations. These consultations,together with practical experience, have continuouslyimproved the Reporting Framework since GRI’s oundingin 1997. This multi-stakeholder approach to learninghas given the Reporting Framework the widespreadcredibility it enjoys with a range o stakeholder groups.
World Commission on Environment and Development. OurCommon Future. Oxord: Oxord University Press, 1987, p.43.

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