Global Reporting Initiative

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has been the leading framework for sustainability and corporate responsibility for more than a decade. But GRI is not the only – or the best – answer for every organization or reporting challenge, particularly as additional frameworks have emerged in the last several years.

In many cases, GRI reporting makes sense. We’ve seen firsthand the power of the GRI Guidelines in fostering transparent, comprehensive reporting and sparking internal engagement around strategy and performance.

Our approach is to help our clients decide whether GRI is the best framework given their objectives and audiences, and the pros and cons of GRI reporting. If it is a good fit with the organization’s reporting strategy, we use gap analysis and other tools to select and map a path to the target level. We also help our clients determine whether and how to use the various GRI checking services.

BuzzWord has deep experience with both the theory and practice of GRI reporting. Our team, several of whom are GRI-certified, has helped clients prepare more than 70 GRI reports using all levels and versions of the Guidelines, and our clients have always attained their target level. We are currently helping clients transition to use of the GRI Standards. Access our white paper on the good, the bad and the ugly of the GRI Standards here.

Projects and Uses

The Smithfield Foods 2017 Sustainability Report is in accordance with the GRI Standards at the Core level, received a GRI Materiality Disclosures check and used the GRI Food Processing Sector Supplement.

In September 2014, Novelis issued a GRI G4 “in accordance – Comprehensive” report that received a GRI Materiality Matters check. That report won fourth place for Best Report and first runner-up for Relevance and Materiality in the 2015 Corporate Register Reporting Awards.

Many of our reporting projects use GRI. (See clients and projects section.)


GRI Website

GRI Report Database

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