This year the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s most widely-used framework for creating a sustainability report, will be incrementally updating its G3 guidelines.

The revisions scheduled for this year address the categories of Community, Gender, and Human Rights. A public comment period will be open until August 23, and reporting organizations can provide their comments through this survey.

The reasons behind updating these three categories include:*

  • For Community: “Most corporate reports […] ‘emphasize positive community impacts without mentioning any negative ones,’ the GRI has found. As most reports do not address changes effected in local communities as a result of business activities, the GRI has concluded that the majority of them do not actually meet the G3 reporting requirements at present.”
  • For Gender: “Despite international recognition of the importance of gender equality, little gender-disaggregated data is provided in sustainability reports at present. As a result of the finding, the GRI Gender Working Group recommended that reports include information on gender wage disparity and disaggregated data according to gender. To improve corporate governance, the Gender Working Group recommended ‘more detailed disclosure on the gender composition of governance bodies and all their committees, both in terms of the process of recruitment members and in the actual composition.’”
  • For Human Rights: “The Human Rights Reporting Working Group recommended that reporting on human rights consider the material impacts of human rights issues, the ability of corporations to successfully manage human rights impacts, and the effectiveness of corporate policies in avoiding human rights violations.”

The GRI claims that the new revisions will make “current G3 Guidelines more relevant, transparent, and specific, without adding extra complexity to the reporting process.”

* Source: Kropp, Robert. “GRI Plans Incremental Updates to Sustainability Reporting Framework.” Social Funds. 8 June 2010.