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The GRI Standards are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect the global best practice for sustainability reporting, helping organizations respond to emerging information demands from stakeholders and regulators. Find out about our ongoing projects to update the Standards.


The global standards for sustainability reporting

The GRI Standards enable any organization – large or small, private or public – to understand and report on their impacts on the economy, environment and people in a comparable and credible way, thereby increasing  transparency on their contribution to sustainable development. In addition to reporting companies, the Standards are highly relevant to many stakeholders - including investors, policymakers, capital markets, and civil society. 

The Standards are designed as an easy-to-use modular set, delivering an inclusive picture of an organization's material topics, their related impacts, and how they are managed.

  • The Universal Standards  - now revised to incorporate reporting on human rights and environmental due diligence, in line with intergovernmental expectations - apply to all organizations;
  • The new Sector Standards enable more consistent reporting on sector-specific impacts;
  • The Topic Standards - adapted to be used with the revised Universal Standards - then list disclosures relevant to a particular topic.

For a detailed overview of how the Standards are set up and what to look for in the reporting process, access A Short Introduction to the GRI Standards via the link below.

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