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<a href=Sign in / Sign up Albert Vilariño Alonso Consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Reputation and Corporate Communicatio… Apr : · < min read Follow Sustainability Reporting: The New GRI Standards. NOTE : This article was first published in spanish and can be found here . The latest version of the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has recently been released. This version, which will replace the previous G4, has been baptized simply as GRI Standards . The new GRI standards are issued by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), which is independent of the GRI ​ and incorporates the key concepts and disclosures in the Guidelines and the G4 Application Manual but with a new and improved Structure and format. We will now comment on the new guide, as a first general approximation for the reader based on the presentation that is available on the GRI website. Characteristics of the new standards. They present a more flexible and future-proof structure , ensuring that GRI standards remain up-to-date and adequate, and their references are better suited to policy initiatives to enable greater integration into governments and market legislation around the world. ​ They have been developed with multiple contributions from interested parties always bearing in mind the public interest . What changes do they have regarding G4? The new standards have: • New modular structure : standards are now organized as a modular set of interrelated standards. • New format with clearer requirements : the new format has clear distinctions between Requirements, Recommendations, and Orientation. • Clearer content : key G4 concepts have been clarified to improve understanding and application of the standards. For example, ​ the contents of G4 (including indicators) now have unique identifiers based on the number of the guide (eg the G4–10 content is now 102–8, located in GRI 102: General Contents). • Greater flexibility and transparency in the use of standards : both for organizations that prepare a report in accordance with standards, and for those that use specific guidelines to report specific information. • General reprint : G4 content has been edited for clarity and simpler language has been used. Source: Grlobal Reporting Initiative. Modular structure: universal and specific guides. The new GRI is structured in 3 guides called universal (101, 102 and 103) that are applicable to all types of organizations, and a total of 33 specific guides that are organized by economic themes (series 200), environmental (300 series), and social (400 series), and that can be used depending on what issues are relevant to organizations. Modular structure GRI Standards. Source: GRI. What do universal guidelines contain? As we have commented, there are 3 guides considered universal: • GRI 101: Foundation . It includes the principles of reporting, the basic requirements for using standards for the writing of sustainability reports, and details on how to use and refer to the standards (including the ‘in accordance’ according to the G4 criteria). • GRI 102: General contents . Includes the General Basic Contents of G4. • GRI 103: Management approach . It includes information on the management approach (DMA) and G4 content, along with additional guidance and recommendations (eg, G4 claim mechanisms). What do the specific guidelines contain? The 200 series of new GRI standards include guides on specific topics that are used to report information about the organization’s significant economic-related impacts . Specifically, ​ they are the following: • GRI 201: Economic Performance. • GRI 202: Presence in the market. • GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts. • GRI 204: Public Procurement Practices. • GRI 205: Anticorruption. • GRI 206: Anti-competitive behavior. The 300 series includes guides on specific topics used to report information on significant impacts of the organization related to environmental issues . In this case, ​ they are the following 7 guides: • GRI 301: Materials. • GRI 302: Energy. • GRI 303: Water. • GRI 304: Biodiversity. • GRI 305: Emissions. • GRI 306: Dumps and waste. • GRI 307: Environmental Compliance. To conclude, the 400 series is the longest and consists of the following 19 guides used to report information on the significant impacts of the organization related to social issues : • GRI 401: Employment. • GRI 402: Company / employee relations. • GRI 403: Occupational health and safety. • GRI 404: Training and education. • GRI 405: Diversity and equal opportunities. • GRI 406: Non-discrimination. • GRI 407: Freedom of association and collective bargaining. • GRI 408: Child Labor. • GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labor. • GRI 410: Safety Practices. • GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples. • GRI 412: Evaluation of Human Rights. • GRI 413: Local communities. • GRI 414: Social evaluation of providers. • GRI 415: Public policies. • GRI 416: Health and safety of the client. • GRI 417: Marketing and labeling. • GRI 418: Customer Privacy. • GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance. Grades of compliance with GRI Standards. GRI standards are primarily designed to be used together when preparing a report in accordance with the standards. This fact will indicate that the Information Principles have been applied and that the organization has identified and informed on all material or relevant issues. The core and comprehensive options that already existed in G4 continue with minor changes due to the new structure. Specific guidelines can also be used to report specific information. This is called a “ GRI-referenced ” claim ​ and must specify specifically what reference standards and sections have been used. GRI clarifications. The Global Reporting Initiative makes it very clear that these GRI Standards are not a “G5 version” because no new topics have been added and the key concepts and most contents are the same as in G4, so for organizations that already had reported in accordance with G4, the impacts on their reporting process should be relatively minor. It also states that information principles, the management approach (DMA) and the emphasis on reporting only on material issues are still present ​ and that some content has been clarified and some parts of it have been relocated or merged to the end to reduce duplication. Although the use of these standards will not be required for reports published before July 1, 2018, organizations are encouraged to leave behind the G4 and to use the GRI Standards before that deadline. Documentation available. As of today, both the guides and the additional documents and resources (introduction to the new guide, brochures, glossary, map of concordances with G4, etc.) are only available in English. The expected release dates in other languages can be found here . Guides and documents can be downloaded from these two links ( standards and resources ). 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<a href=Sign in / Sign up Albert Vilariño Alonso Consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Reputation and Corporate Communicatio… Apr : · < min read Follow Sustainability Reporting: The New GRI Standards. NOTE : This article was first published in spanish and can be found here . The latest version of the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has recently been released. This version, which will replace the previous G4, has been baptized simply as GRI Standards . The new GRI standards are issued by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), which is independent of the GRI ​ and incorporates the key concepts and disclosures in the Guidelines and the G4 Application Manual but with a new and improved Structure and format. We will now comment on the new guide, as a first general approximation for the reader based on the presentation that is available on the GRI website. Characteristics of the new standards. They present a more flexible and future-proof structure , ensuring that GRI standards remain up-to-date and adequate, and their references are better suited to policy initiatives to enable greater integration into governments and market legislation around the world. ​ They have been developed with multiple contributions from interested parties always bearing in mind the public interest . What changes do they have regarding G4? The new standards have: • New modular structure : standards are now organized as a modular set of interrelated standards. • New format with clearer requirements : the new format has clear distinctions between Requirements, Recommendations, and Orientation. • Clearer content : key G4 concepts have been clarified to improve understanding and application of the standards. For example, ​ the contents of G4 (including indicators) now have unique identifiers based on the number of the guide (eg the G4–10 content is now 102–8, located in GRI 102: General Contents). • Greater flexibility and transparency in the use of standards : both for organizations that prepare a report in accordance with standards, and for those that use specific guidelines to report specific information. • General reprint : G4 content has been edited for clarity and simpler language has been used. Source: Grlobal Reporting Initiative. Modular structure: universal and specific guides. The new GRI is structured in 3 guides called universal (101, 102 and 103) that are applicable to all types of organizations, and a total of 33 specific guides that are organized by economic themes (series 200), environmental (300 series), and social (400 series), and that can be used depending on what issues are relevant to organizations. Modular structure GRI Standards. Source: GRI. What do universal guidelines contain? As we have commented, there are 3 guides considered universal: • GRI 101: Foundation . It includes the principles of reporting, the basic requirements for using standards for the writing of sustainability reports, and details on how to use and refer to the standards (including the ‘in accordance’ according to the G4 criteria). • GRI 102: General contents . Includes the General Basic Contents of G4. • GRI 103: Management approach . It includes information on the management approach (DMA) and G4 content, along with additional guidance and recommendations (eg, G4 claim mechanisms). What do the specific guidelines contain? The 200 series of new GRI standards include guides on specific topics that are used to report information about the organization’s significant economic-related impacts . Specifically, ​ they are the following: • GRI 201: Economic Performance. • GRI 202: Presence in the market. • GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts. • GRI 204: Public Procurement Practices. • GRI 205: Anticorruption. • GRI 206: Anti-competitive behavior. The 300 series includes guides on specific topics used to report information on significant impacts of the organization related to environmental issues . In this case, ​ they are the following 7 guides: • GRI 301: Materials. • GRI 302: Energy. • GRI 303: Water. • GRI 304: Biodiversity. • GRI 305: Emissions. • GRI 306: Dumps and waste. • GRI 307: Environmental Compliance. To conclude, the 400 series is the longest and consists of the following 19 guides used to report information on the significant impacts of the organization related to social issues : • GRI 401: Employment. • GRI 402: Company / employee relations. • GRI 403: Occupational health and safety. • GRI 404: Training and education. • GRI 405: Diversity and equal opportunities. • GRI 406: Non-discrimination. • GRI 407: Freedom of association and collective bargaining. • GRI 408: Child Labor. • GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labor. • GRI 410: Safety Practices. • GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples. • GRI 412: Evaluation of Human Rights. • GRI 413: Local communities. • GRI 414: Social evaluation of providers. • GRI 415: Public policies. • GRI 416: Health and safety of the client. • GRI 417: Marketing and labeling. • GRI 418: Customer Privacy. • GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance. Grades of compliance with GRI Standards. GRI standards are primarily designed to be used together when preparing a report in accordance with the standards. This fact will indicate that the Information Principles have been applied and that the organization has identified and informed on all material or relevant issues. The core and comprehensive options that already existed in G4 continue with minor changes due to the new structure. Specific guidelines can also be used to report specific information. This is called a “ GRI-referenced ” claim ​ and must specify specifically what reference standards and sections have been used. GRI clarifications. The Global Reporting Initiative makes it very clear that these GRI Standards are not a “G5 version” because no new topics have been added and the key concepts and most contents are the same as in G4, so for organizations that already had reported in accordance with G4, the impacts on their reporting process should be relatively minor. It also states that information principles, the management approach (DMA) and the emphasis on reporting only on material issues are still present ​ and that some content has been clarified and some parts of it have been relocated or merged to the end to reduce duplication. Although the use of these standards will not be required for reports published before July 1, 2018, organizations are encouraged to leave behind the G4 and to use the GRI Standards before that deadline. Documentation available. As of today, both the guides and the additional documents and resources (introduction to the new guide, brochures, glossary, map of concordances with G4, etc.) are only available in English. The expected release dates in other languages can be found here . Guides and documents can be downloaded from these two links ( standards and resources ). 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NOTE: This article was first published in spanish and can be found here.

The new GRI standards are issued by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), which is independent of the GRI and incorporates the key concepts and disclosures in the Guidelines and the G4 Application Manual but with a new and improved Structure and format.

We will now comment on the new guide, as a first general approximation for the reader based on the presentation that is available on the GRI website.

Characteristics of the new standards.

They present a more flexible and future-proof structure, ensuring that GRI standards remain up-to-date and adequate, and their references are better suited to policy initiatives to enable greater integration into governments and market legislation around the world.

They have been developed with multiple contributions from interested parties always bearing in mind the public interest.

What changes do they have regarding G4?

The new standards have:

New modular structure: standards are now organized as a modular set of interrelated standards.

New format with clearer requirements: the new format has clear distinctions between Requirements, Recommendations, and Orientation.

Clearer content: key G4 concepts have been clarified to improve understanding and application of the standards. For example, the contents of G4 (including indicators) now have unique identifiers based on the number of the guide (eg the G4–10 content is now 102–8, located in GRI 102: General Contents).

Greater flexibility and transparency in the use of standards:

both for organizations that prepare a report in accordance with standards, and for those that use specific guidelines to report specific information.

General reprint: G4 content has been edited for clarity and simpler language has been used.

<a href=Sign in / Sign up Albert Vilariño Alonso Consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Reputation and Corporate Communicatio… Apr : · < min read Follow Sustainability Reporting: The New GRI Standards. NOTE : This article was first published in spanish and can be found here . The latest version of the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has recently been released. This version, which will replace the previous G4, has been baptized simply as GRI Standards . The new GRI standards are issued by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), which is independent of the GRI ​ and incorporates the key concepts and disclosures in the Guidelines and the G4 Application Manual but with a new and improved Structure and format. We will now comment on the new guide, as a first general approximation for the reader based on the presentation that is available on the GRI website. Characteristics of the new standards. They present a more flexible and future-proof structure , ensuring that GRI standards remain up-to-date and adequate, and their references are better suited to policy initiatives to enable greater integration into governments and market legislation around the world. ​ They have been developed with multiple contributions from interested parties always bearing in mind the public interest . What changes do they have regarding G4? The new standards have: • New modular structure : standards are now organized as a modular set of interrelated standards. • New format with clearer requirements : the new format has clear distinctions between Requirements, Recommendations, and Orientation. • Clearer content : key G4 concepts have been clarified to improve understanding and application of the standards. For example, ​ the contents of G4 (including indicators) now have unique identifiers based on the number of the guide (eg the G4–10 content is now 102–8, located in GRI 102: General Contents). • Greater flexibility and transparency in the use of standards : both for organizations that prepare a report in accordance with standards, and for those that use specific guidelines to report specific information. • General reprint : G4 content has been edited for clarity and simpler language has been used. Source: Grlobal Reporting Initiative. Modular structure: universal and specific guides. The new GRI is structured in 3 guides called universal (101, 102 and 103) that are applicable to all types of organizations, and a total of 33 specific guides that are organized by economic themes (series 200), environmental (300 series), and social (400 series), and that can be used depending on what issues are relevant to organizations. Modular structure GRI Standards. Source: GRI. What do universal guidelines contain? As we have commented, there are 3 guides considered universal: • GRI 101: Foundation . It includes the principles of reporting, the basic requirements for using standards for the writing of sustainability reports, and details on how to use and refer to the standards (including the ‘in accordance’ according to the G4 criteria). • GRI 102: General contents . Includes the General Basic Contents of G4. • GRI 103: Management approach . It includes information on the management approach (DMA) and G4 content, along with additional guidance and recommendations (eg, G4 claim mechanisms). What do the specific guidelines contain? The 200 series of new GRI standards include guides on specific topics that are used to report information about the organization’s significant economic-related impacts . Specifically, ​ they are the following: • GRI 201: Economic Performance. • GRI 202: Presence in the market. • GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts. • GRI 204: Public Procurement Practices. • GRI 205: Anticorruption. • GRI 206: Anti-competitive behavior. The 300 series includes guides on specific topics used to report information on significant impacts of the organization related to environmental issues . In this case, ​ they are the following 7 guides: • GRI 301: Materials. • GRI 302: Energy. • GRI 303: Water. • GRI 304: Biodiversity. • GRI 305: Emissions. • GRI 306: Dumps and waste. • GRI 307: Environmental Compliance. To conclude, the 400 series is the longest and consists of the following 19 guides used to report information on the significant impacts of the organization related to social issues : • GRI 401: Employment. • GRI 402: Company / employee relations. • GRI 403: Occupational health and safety. • GRI 404: Training and education. • GRI 405: Diversity and equal opportunities. • GRI 406: Non-discrimination. • GRI 407: Freedom of association and collective bargaining. • GRI 408: Child Labor. • GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labor. • GRI 410: Safety Practices. • GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples. • GRI 412: Evaluation of Human Rights. • GRI 413: Local communities. • GRI 414: Social evaluation of providers. • GRI 415: Public policies. • GRI 416: Health and safety of the client. • GRI 417: Marketing and labeling. • GRI 418: Customer Privacy. • GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance. Grades of compliance with GRI Standards. GRI standards are primarily designed to be used together when preparing a report in accordance with the standards. This fact will indicate that the Information Principles have been applied and that the organization has identified and informed on all material or relevant issues. The core and comprehensive options that already existed in G4 continue with minor changes due to the new structure. Specific guidelines can also be used to report specific information. This is called a “ GRI-referenced ” claim ​ and must specify specifically what reference standards and sections have been used. GRI clarifications. The Global Reporting Initiative makes it very clear that these GRI Standards are not a “G5 version” because no new topics have been added and the key concepts and most contents are the same as in G4, so for organizations that already had reported in accordance with G4, the impacts on their reporting process should be relatively minor. It also states that information principles, the management approach (DMA) and the emphasis on reporting only on material issues are still present ​ and that some content has been clarified and some parts of it have been relocated or merged to the end to reduce duplication. Although the use of these standards will not be required for reports published before July 1, 2018, organizations are encouraged to leave behind the G4 and to use the GRI Standards before that deadline. Documentation available. As of today, both the guides and the additional documents and resources (introduction to the new guide, brochures, glossary, map of concordances with G4, etc.) are only available in English. The expected release dates in other languages can be found here . Guides and documents can be downloaded from these two links ( standards and resources ). Sustainability Gri Reporting Csr Corporate Responsibility Albert Vilariño Alonso Consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Reputation and Corporate Communication,and integration of people with disabilities. Follow Never miss a story from Albert Vilariño Alonso , when you sign up for Medium. Learn more GET UPDATES " id="pdf-obj-0-95" src="pdf-obj-0-95.jpg">

Source: Grlobal Reporting Initiative.

Modular structure: universal and specific guides.

The new GRI is structured in 3 guides called universal (101, 102 and 103) that are applicable to all types of organizations, and a total of 33 specific guides that are organized by economic themes (series 200), environmental (300 series), and social(400 series), and that can be used depending on what issues are relevant to organizations.

<a href=Sign in / Sign up Albert Vilariño Alonso Consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Reputation and Corporate Communicatio… Apr : · < min read Follow Sustainability Reporting: The New GRI Standards. NOTE : This article was first published in spanish and can be found here . The latest version of the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has recently been released. This version, which will replace the previous G4, has been baptized simply as GRI Standards . The new GRI standards are issued by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), which is independent of the GRI ​ and incorporates the key concepts and disclosures in the Guidelines and the G4 Application Manual but with a new and improved Structure and format. We will now comment on the new guide, as a first general approximation for the reader based on the presentation that is available on the GRI website. Characteristics of the new standards. They present a more flexible and future-proof structure , ensuring that GRI standards remain up-to-date and adequate, and their references are better suited to policy initiatives to enable greater integration into governments and market legislation around the world. ​ They have been developed with multiple contributions from interested parties always bearing in mind the public interest . What changes do they have regarding G4? The new standards have: • New modular structure : standards are now organized as a modular set of interrelated standards. • New format with clearer requirements : the new format has clear distinctions between Requirements, Recommendations, and Orientation. • Clearer content : key G4 concepts have been clarified to improve understanding and application of the standards. For example, ​ the contents of G4 (including indicators) now have unique identifiers based on the number of the guide (eg the G4–10 content is now 102–8, located in GRI 102: General Contents). • Greater flexibility and transparency in the use of standards : both for organizations that prepare a report in accordance with standards, and for those that use specific guidelines to report specific information. • General reprint : G4 content has been edited for clarity and simpler language has been used. Source: Grlobal Reporting Initiative. Modular structure: universal and specific guides. The new GRI is structured in 3 guides called universal (101, 102 and 103) that are applicable to all types of organizations, and a total of 33 specific guides that are organized by economic themes (series 200), environmental (300 series), and social (400 series), and that can be used depending on what issues are relevant to organizations. Modular structure GRI Standards. Source: GRI. What do universal guidelines contain? As we have commented, there are 3 guides considered universal: • GRI 101: Foundation . It includes the principles of reporting, the basic requirements for using standards for the writing of sustainability reports, and details on how to use and refer to the standards (including the ‘in accordance’ according to the G4 criteria). • GRI 102: General contents . Includes the General Basic Contents of G4. • GRI 103: Management approach . It includes information on the management approach (DMA) and G4 content, along with additional guidance and recommendations (eg, G4 claim mechanisms). What do the specific guidelines contain? The 200 series of new GRI standards include guides on specific topics that are used to report information about the organization’s significant economic-related impacts . Specifically, ​ they are the following: • GRI 201: Economic Performance. • GRI 202: Presence in the market. • GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts. • GRI 204: Public Procurement Practices. • GRI 205: Anticorruption. • GRI 206: Anti-competitive behavior. The 300 series includes guides on specific topics used to report information on significant impacts of the organization related to environmental issues . In this case, ​ they are the following 7 guides: • GRI 301: Materials. • GRI 302: Energy. • GRI 303: Water. • GRI 304: Biodiversity. • GRI 305: Emissions. • GRI 306: Dumps and waste. • GRI 307: Environmental Compliance. To conclude, the 400 series is the longest and consists of the following 19 guides used to report information on the significant impacts of the organization related to social issues : • GRI 401: Employment. • GRI 402: Company / employee relations. • GRI 403: Occupational health and safety. • GRI 404: Training and education. • GRI 405: Diversity and equal opportunities. • GRI 406: Non-discrimination. • GRI 407: Freedom of association and collective bargaining. • GRI 408: Child Labor. • GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labor. • GRI 410: Safety Practices. • GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples. • GRI 412: Evaluation of Human Rights. • GRI 413: Local communities. • GRI 414: Social evaluation of providers. • GRI 415: Public policies. • GRI 416: Health and safety of the client. • GRI 417: Marketing and labeling. • GRI 418: Customer Privacy. • GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance. Grades of compliance with GRI Standards. GRI standards are primarily designed to be used together when preparing a report in accordance with the standards. This fact will indicate that the Information Principles have been applied and that the organization has identified and informed on all material or relevant issues. The core and comprehensive options that already existed in G4 continue with minor changes due to the new structure. Specific guidelines can also be used to report specific information. This is called a “ GRI-referenced ” claim ​ and must specify specifically what reference standards and sections have been used. GRI clarifications. The Global Reporting Initiative makes it very clear that these GRI Standards are not a “G5 version” because no new topics have been added and the key concepts and most contents are the same as in G4, so for organizations that already had reported in accordance with G4, the impacts on their reporting process should be relatively minor. It also states that information principles, the management approach (DMA) and the emphasis on reporting only on material issues are still present ​ and that some content has been clarified and some parts of it have been relocated or merged to the end to reduce duplication. Although the use of these standards will not be required for reports published before July 1, 2018, organizations are encouraged to leave behind the G4 and to use the GRI Standards before that deadline. Documentation available. As of today, both the guides and the additional documents and resources (introduction to the new guide, brochures, glossary, map of concordances with G4, etc.) are only available in English. The expected release dates in other languages can be found here . Guides and documents can be downloaded from these two links ( standards and resources ). Sustainability Gri Reporting Csr Corporate Responsibility Albert Vilariño Alonso Consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Reputation and Corporate Communication,and integration of people with disabilities. Follow Never miss a story from Albert Vilariño Alonso , when you sign up for Medium. Learn more GET UPDATES " id="pdf-obj-0-109" src="pdf-obj-0-109.jpg">

Modular structure GRI Standards. Source: GRI.

What do universal guidelines contain?

As we have commented, there are 3 guides considered universal:

GRI 101: Foundation. It includes the principles of reporting, the basic requirements for using standards for the writing of sustainability reports, and details on how to use and refer to the standards (including the ‘in accordance’ according to the G4 criteria).

GRI 102: General contents. Includes the General Basic Contents of

G4.

GRI 103: Management approach. It includes information on the management approach (DMA) and G4 content, along with additional guidance and recommendations (eg, G4 claim mechanisms).

What do the specific guidelines contain?

The 200 series of new GRI standards include guides on specific topics that are used to report information about the organization’s significant economic-related impacts.

Specifically, they are the following:

GRI 201: Economic Performance.

GRI 202: Presence in the market.

GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts.

GRI 204: Public Procurement Practices.

GRI 205: Anticorruption.

GRI 206: Anti-competitive behavior.

The 300 series includes guides on specific topics used to report information on significant impacts of the organization related to environmental issues.

In this case, they are the following 7 guides:

GRI 301: Materials.

GRI 302: Energy.

GRI 303: Water.

GRI 304: Biodiversity.

GRI 305: Emissions.

GRI 306: Dumps and waste.

GRI 307: Environmental Compliance.

To conclude, the 400 series is the longest and consists of the following 19 guides used to report information on the significant impacts of the organization related to social issues:

GRI 401: Employment.

GRI 402: Company / employee relations.

GRI 403: Occupational health and safety.

GRI 404: Training and education.

GRI 405: Diversity and equal opportunities.

GRI 406: Non-discrimination.

GRI 407: Freedom of association and collective bargaining.

GRI 408: Child Labor.

GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labor.

GRI 410: Safety Practices.

GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

GRI 412: Evaluation of Human Rights.

GRI 413: Local communities.

GRI 414: Social evaluation of providers.

GRI 415: Public policies.

GRI 416: Health and safety of the client.

GRI 417: Marketing and labeling.

GRI 418: Customer Privacy.

GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance.

Grades of compliance with GRI Standards.

GRI standards are primarily designed to be used together when preparing a report in accordance with the standards. This fact will indicate that the Information Principles have been applied and that the organization has identified and informed on all material or relevant issues.

The core and comprehensive options that already existed in G4 continue with minor changes due to the new structure.

Specific guidelines can also be used to report specific information. This is called a “GRI-referenced” claim and must specify specifically what reference standards and sections have been used.

GRI clarifications.

The Global Reporting Initiative makes it very clear that these GRI Standards are not a “G5 version” because no new topics have been added and the key concepts and most contents are the same as in G4, so for organizations that already had reported in accordance with G4, the impacts on their reporting process should be relatively minor.

It also states that information principles, the management approach (DMA) and the emphasis on reporting only on material issues are still present and that some content has been clarified and some parts of it have been relocated or merged to the end to reduce duplication.

Although the use of these standards will not be required for reports published before July 1, 2018, organizations are encouraged to leave behind the G4 and to use the GRI Standards before that deadline.

Documentation available.

As of today, both the guides and the additional documents and resources (introduction to the new guide, brochures, glossary, map of concordances with G4, etc.) are only available in English. The expected release dates in other languages can be found here.

Guides and documents can be downloaded from these two links (standards and resources).

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<a href=Sign in / Sign up Albert Vilariño Alonso Consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Reputation and Corporate Communicatio… Apr : · < min read Follow Sustainability Reporting: The New GRI Standards. NOTE : This article was first published in spanish and can be found here . The latest version of the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has recently been released. This version, which will replace the previous G4, has been baptized simply as GRI Standards . The new GRI standards are issued by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), which is independent of the GRI ​ and incorporates the key concepts and disclosures in the Guidelines and the G4 Application Manual but with a new and improved Structure and format. We will now comment on the new guide, as a first general approximation for the reader based on the presentation that is available on the GRI website. Characteristics of the new standards. They present a more flexible and future-proof structure , ensuring that GRI standards remain up-to-date and adequate, and their references are better suited to policy initiatives to enable greater integration into governments and market legislation around the world. ​ They have been developed with multiple contributions from interested parties always bearing in mind the public interest . What changes do they have regarding G4? The new standards have: • New modular structure : standards are now organized as a modular set of interrelated standards. • New format with clearer requirements : the new format has clear distinctions between Requirements, Recommendations, and Orientation. • Clearer content : key G4 concepts have been clarified to improve understanding and application of the standards. For example, ​ the contents of G4 (including indicators) now have unique identifiers based on the number of the guide (eg the G4–10 content is now 102–8, located in GRI 102: General Contents). • Greater flexibility and transparency in the use of standards : both for organizations that prepare a report in accordance with standards, and for those that use specific guidelines to report specific information. • General reprint : G4 content has been edited for clarity and simpler language has been used. Source: Grlobal Reporting Initiative. Modular structure: universal and specific guides. The new GRI is structured in 3 guides called universal (101, 102 and 103) that are applicable to all types of organizations, and a total of 33 specific guides that are organized by economic themes (series 200), environmental (300 series), and social (400 series), and that can be used depending on what issues are relevant to organizations. Modular structure GRI Standards. Source: GRI. What do universal guidelines contain? As we have commented, there are 3 guides considered universal: • GRI 101: Foundation . It includes the principles of reporting, the basic requirements for using standards for the writing of sustainability reports, and details on how to use and refer to the standards (including the ‘in accordance’ according to the G4 criteria). • GRI 102: General contents . Includes the General Basic Contents of G4. • GRI 103: Management approach . It includes information on the management approach (DMA) and G4 content, along with additional guidance and recommendations (eg, G4 claim mechanisms). What do the specific guidelines contain? The 200 series of new GRI standards include guides on specific topics that are used to report information about the organization’s significant economic-related impacts . Specifically, ​ they are the following: • GRI 201: Economic Performance. • GRI 202: Presence in the market. • GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts. • GRI 204: Public Procurement Practices. • GRI 205: Anticorruption. • GRI 206: Anti-competitive behavior. The 300 series includes guides on specific topics used to report information on significant impacts of the organization related to environmental issues . In this case, ​ they are the following 7 guides: • GRI 301: Materials. • GRI 302: Energy. • GRI 303: Water. • GRI 304: Biodiversity. • GRI 305: Emissions. • GRI 306: Dumps and waste. • GRI 307: Environmental Compliance. To conclude, the 400 series is the longest and consists of the following 19 guides used to report information on the significant impacts of the organization related to social issues : • GRI 401: Employment. • GRI 402: Company / employee relations. • GRI 403: Occupational health and safety. • GRI 404: Training and education. • GRI 405: Diversity and equal opportunities. • GRI 406: Non-discrimination. • GRI 407: Freedom of association and collective bargaining. • GRI 408: Child Labor. • GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labor. • GRI 410: Safety Practices. • GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples. • GRI 412: Evaluation of Human Rights. • GRI 413: Local communities. • GRI 414: Social evaluation of providers. • GRI 415: Public policies. • GRI 416: Health and safety of the client. • GRI 417: Marketing and labeling. • GRI 418: Customer Privacy. • GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance. Grades of compliance with GRI Standards. GRI standards are primarily designed to be used together when preparing a report in accordance with the standards. This fact will indicate that the Information Principles have been applied and that the organization has identified and informed on all material or relevant issues. The core and comprehensive options that already existed in G4 continue with minor changes due to the new structure. Specific guidelines can also be used to report specific information. This is called a “ GRI-referenced ” claim ​ and must specify specifically what reference standards and sections have been used. GRI clarifications. The Global Reporting Initiative makes it very clear that these GRI Standards are not a “G5 version” because no new topics have been added and the key concepts and most contents are the same as in G4, so for organizations that already had reported in accordance with G4, the impacts on their reporting process should be relatively minor. It also states that information principles, the management approach (DMA) and the emphasis on reporting only on material issues are still present ​ and that some content has been clarified and some parts of it have been relocated or merged to the end to reduce duplication. Although the use of these standards will not be required for reports published before July 1, 2018, organizations are encouraged to leave behind the G4 and to use the GRI Standards before that deadline. Documentation available. As of today, both the guides and the additional documents and resources (introduction to the new guide, brochures, glossary, map of concordances with G4, etc.) are only available in English. The expected release dates in other languages can be found here . Guides and documents can be downloaded from these two links ( standards and resources ). 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<a href=Sign in / Sign up Albert Vilariño Alonso Consultant in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Reputation and Corporate Communicatio… Apr : · < min read Follow Sustainability Reporting: The New GRI Standards. NOTE : This article was first published in spanish and can be found here . The latest version of the Sustainability Reporting Standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has recently been released. This version, which will replace the previous G4, has been baptized simply as GRI Standards . The new GRI standards are issued by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), which is independent of the GRI ​ and incorporates the key concepts and disclosures in the Guidelines and the G4 Application Manual but with a new and improved Structure and format. We will now comment on the new guide, as a first general approximation for the reader based on the presentation that is available on the GRI website. Characteristics of the new standards. They present a more flexible and future-proof structure , ensuring that GRI standards remain up-to-date and adequate, and their references are better suited to policy initiatives to enable greater integration into governments and market legislation around the world. ​ They have been developed with multiple contributions from interested parties always bearing in mind the public interest . What changes do they have regarding G4? The new standards have: • New modular structure : standards are now organized as a modular set of interrelated standards. • New format with clearer requirements : the new format has clear distinctions between Requirements, Recommendations, and Orientation. • Clearer content : key G4 concepts have been clarified to improve understanding and application of the standards. For example, ​ the contents of G4 (including indicators) now have unique identifiers based on the number of the guide (eg the G4–10 content is now 102–8, located in GRI 102: General Contents). • Greater flexibility and transparency in the use of standards : both for organizations that prepare a report in accordance with standards, and for those that use specific guidelines to report specific information. • General reprint : G4 content has been edited for clarity and simpler language has been used. Source: Grlobal Reporting Initiative. Modular structure: universal and specific guides. The new GRI is structured in 3 guides called universal (101, 102 and 103) that are applicable to all types of organizations, and a total of 33 specific guides that are organized by economic themes (series 200), environmental (300 series), and social (400 series), and that can be used depending on what issues are relevant to organizations. Modular structure GRI Standards. Source: GRI. What do universal guidelines contain? As we have commented, there are 3 guides considered universal: • GRI 101: Foundation . It includes the principles of reporting, the basic requirements for using standards for the writing of sustainability reports, and details on how to use and refer to the standards (including the ‘in accordance’ according to the G4 criteria). • GRI 102: General contents . Includes the General Basic Contents of G4. • GRI 103: Management approach . It includes information on the management approach (DMA) and G4 content, along with additional guidance and recommendations (eg, G4 claim mechanisms). What do the specific guidelines contain? The 200 series of new GRI standards include guides on specific topics that are used to report information about the organization’s significant economic-related impacts . Specifically, ​ they are the following: • GRI 201: Economic Performance. • GRI 202: Presence in the market. • GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts. • GRI 204: Public Procurement Practices. • GRI 205: Anticorruption. • GRI 206: Anti-competitive behavior. The 300 series includes guides on specific topics used to report information on significant impacts of the organization related to environmental issues . In this case, ​ they are the following 7 guides: • GRI 301: Materials. • GRI 302: Energy. • GRI 303: Water. • GRI 304: Biodiversity. • GRI 305: Emissions. • GRI 306: Dumps and waste. • GRI 307: Environmental Compliance. To conclude, the 400 series is the longest and consists of the following 19 guides used to report information on the significant impacts of the organization related to social issues : • GRI 401: Employment. • GRI 402: Company / employee relations. • GRI 403: Occupational health and safety. • GRI 404: Training and education. • GRI 405: Diversity and equal opportunities. • GRI 406: Non-discrimination. • GRI 407: Freedom of association and collective bargaining. • GRI 408: Child Labor. • GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labor. • GRI 410: Safety Practices. • GRI 411: Rights of Indigenous Peoples. • GRI 412: Evaluation of Human Rights. • GRI 413: Local communities. • GRI 414: Social evaluation of providers. • GRI 415: Public policies. • GRI 416: Health and safety of the client. • GRI 417: Marketing and labeling. • GRI 418: Customer Privacy. • GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance. Grades of compliance with GRI Standards. GRI standards are primarily designed to be used together when preparing a report in accordance with the standards. This fact will indicate that the Information Principles have been applied and that the organization has identified and informed on all material or relevant issues. The core and comprehensive options that already existed in G4 continue with minor changes due to the new structure. Specific guidelines can also be used to report specific information. This is called a “ GRI-referenced ” claim ​ and must specify specifically what reference standards and sections have been used. GRI clarifications. The Global Reporting Initiative makes it very clear that these GRI Standards are not a “G5 version” because no new topics have been added and the key concepts and most contents are the same as in G4, so for organizations that already had reported in accordance with G4, the impacts on their reporting process should be relatively minor. It also states that information principles, the management approach (DMA) and the emphasis on reporting only on material issues are still present ​ and that some content has been clarified and some parts of it have been relocated or merged to the end to reduce duplication. Although the use of these standards will not be required for reports published before July 1, 2018, organizations are encouraged to leave behind the G4 and to use the GRI Standards before that deadline. Documentation available. As of today, both the guides and the additional documents and resources (introduction to the new guide, brochures, glossary, map of concordances with G4, etc.) are only available in English. The expected release dates in other languages can be found here . Guides and documents can be downloaded from these two links ( standards and resources ). 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