Global Reporting Initiative: new ways to report sustainability

Published on Wednesday, 9 November 2016

New Global Reporting Initiative Standards to be launched on November 17 in Brussels. The event was organised in collaboration with Enel and hosted by the European Investment Bank.

Innovation in the service of sustainability, as well as the necessary tools to measure and report it. This is the key objective of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the independent international organization that was created to help businesses, governments and all stakeholders involved to understand and communicate the impact of sustainability on their business.

In light of the commitments that have emerged from the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, in order to maintain high quality standards and its global leadership role, the GRI has changed the format and structure of the current GRI-G4 to the GRI Standards, to measure and promptly report all member organizations’ economic, environmental and social impact.

For the launch of the new GRI standards, the organization has promoted an international event in Brussels on November 17, hosted by the European Investment Bank and sponsored by Enel.

During the meeting, the structure and content of the new Standards will be presented, highlighting the changes made to the G4 Guidelines, which represent a set of criteria identified by GRI for companies to analyse and provide information and data on the environmental, social and economic impact of their activities.

Over the course of the presentation, participants will have the chance to broaden their knowledge and gain the necessary tools to create sustainability reports based on the new criteria and discover their advantages. Industry experts will be available to answer questions and to give suggestions on how to prepare sustainability reports.

Founded in 1997, GRI is an international network with thousands of participants from over 90 countries. For nearly twenty years, it has defined the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards, contributing to a more sustainable economic system. Enel has been working with GRI since 2007 to promote the integration of sustainability into business strategies and to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Registration for the Brussels event is complementary and open to all, but given the limited number of spaces available, it is recommended that participants book in advance.