Last Wednesday, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reported that ten global companies are supporting the two-year development of the GRI G4 Guidelines. Companies include Alcoa, Enel, GE, Goldman Sachs, Natura and Shell, as well as the Big 4 accounting firms: Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Ernst & Young.

GRI is the most widely used sustainability reporting framework, and an increasing number of companies are producing reports on their sustainability efforts and progress. With every iteration of the framework, GRI strives to create the most comprehensive and standardized guidelines for sustainability reporting, enabling more and more organizations to report to their stakeholders. Further, the landscape of sustainability reporting and subsequent regulation is constantly changing, so GRI continues to evolve its guidelines with it.

The G4 Guidelines are set to be published in 2013, and are in the development process as we speak. GRI is soliciting feedback from a range of stakeholders, including diverse working groups, as well as employing approval procedures and due diligence to ensure the guidelines reflect the broadest stakeholder base possible. The ten global sponsors will be part of The Global G4 Consortium, which will advise GRI on topics to consider in the development of the G4 Guidelines.  

For more information on the G4 Guidelines please click here. To read the entire press release from GRI please click here.