How to use the Standards (taxonomy test)

Sustainability reporting in an organization’s practice of publishing information on its economic, environmental, and social impacts.  As the provider of the world's most widely used framework for sustainability reporting, make the most of our guidance on how to use the GRI Standards effectively. 

The GRI Standards and their application

Organizations can either use the GRI Standards to prepare a sustainability report in accordance with the Standards or use selected Standards, or parts of their content, to report information for specific users or purposes, such as reporting their climate change impacts for their investors and consumers. ​​

To get started, follow these simple steps: 

1. Read our introductory document for an overview of the GRI Standards modular system and how it works

2. Download and familiarize yourself with the Universal Standards (GRI 1, 2 & 3). All three must be applied as they form the foundation for your report. 

3. Select the Sector Standards relevant to your organization (if any) to increase the quality, completeness, and consistency of reporting by organizations within sectors

4. Choose the Topic Standards that correspond to the material topics identified by your organization for reporting

5. Prepare a GRI content index

6. Publish your report and notify us.


Need more help? 

Download our latest FAQ document for answers to common questions about the GRI Standards 2021 update. You can also consult the pre-2021 GRI Standards system FAQ here.


Using GRI Standards to meet other reporting requirements

We recognize companies have other reporting requirements that the GRI Standards can help address. The Standards provide a solid foundation for making a connection between a wide range of other frameworks, including the International Integrated Reporting Framework, the CDP climate change and water questionnaires, and the SASB industry standards -  in support of the vision of a single, coherent global set of reporting standards.

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