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About GRI
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a leading organization in the sustainability field. GRI promotes the use of sustainability reporting as a way for organizations to become more sustainable and contribute to sustainable development.

Network Structure
GRI works with a global multi-stakeholder network that includes experts who participate in Working Groups and governance bodies, reporters, and report users.

Based in Amsterdam, GRI's Secretariat implements the work plans of the Board of Directors, Stakeholder Council and Technical Advisory Committee.

Led by the Chief Executive, the Secretariat implements the technical work plan set out by GRI's governance bodies, and manages network and institutional communications, outreach, stakeholder relations, and financial administration.

The Secretariat has seven departments:
The Executive Management
is responsible for overseeing the GRI work program and the organizational management system.

Chief Executive office
GRI’s Chief Executive is a member of the Board of Directors.

Guidance, Support & Innovation
Nelmara Arbex is Deputy Chief Executive and responsible for the Guidance, Support and Innovation Team. This team develops the GRI Guidelines, Sector Guidance, National Annexes and research associated with the Reporting Framework. The team also reviews and analyzes reports based on the Guidelines, certifies the GRI content in supporting software and tools, and develops the learning programs that support the use of the Guidelines.

Government Relations, International Organizations, Development & Advocacy (GIDA)
Teresa Fogelberg is Deputy Chief Executive responsible for the Government Relations, International Organizations and Development & Advocacy (GIDA), supported by her team.

Marketing & Communications
The Marketing & Communications department is responsible for implementing GRI’s strategic messaging, communications and events.

Network Relations
Leontien Plugge is the Director Network Relations, responsible for developing and implementing strategies to raise awareness on sustainability reporting, and increasing engagement and financial support in strategic territories by:
• raising awareness, building engagement and ownership with key partner organizations
• developing and managing the Organizational Stakeholder (OS) program
• establishing and supporting GRI Focal Points and related projects
• developing and coordinating regional events and communities

Peter Westra is Director - Operations and responsible for HR, Finance, IT and other functions that keep the Secretariat and network up and running.

Government Advisory Group
While not part of GRI's governance structure, the Governmental Advisory Group provides informal high-level feedback and advice to GRI.

GRI : India
The GRI Focal Point India provides guidance and support to local organizations, driving GRI’s mission to make sustainability reporting standard practice.

Giidance on alignment in G 3.1
RI undertook a joint initiative with IICA-GIZ BR Initiative on creating the Linkage Document between the National Voluntary Guidelines (NVGs) released by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Business Responsibility Report (BRR) and the GRI Guidelines.

Download the Guidance on Alignment of the GRI G3.1 Guidelines, NVGs and BRR.

Further information on the GRI-NVG-SEBI BRR Linkage Document may be obtained from:
Dr. Aditi Haldar (Director- GRI Focal Point India)

Reporting in India
The development of corporate governance standards is maturing. India’s business and investment communities are beginning to recognize the benefits of sustainability reporting and organizational transparency. Over the last decade, Indian businesses were recognizing the challenge of going global and also operating nationally with evolving regulatory requirements around environmental and social performances. There were also many players like the regulators, the business chambers, enthusiastic civil societies who were pushing the agenda of sustainability through diverse mandatory and voluntary requirements and focusing on various issues of pollution, energy, climate change safety, labour practices. Sustainability reporting was initiated ten years back by small percentage of companies steadily growing to a reasonable number in 2011.

Recognizing the contribution of financial institutions including banks towards sustainable development considering the crucial role they play in financing the economic and development activities, the Reserve Bank of India had drawn the attention of banks to their role in Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Non Financial Reporting in its circular dated December 2007. Also, the inclusion in the Companies Bill, 2011 to include in the Board’s Report a CSR Policy and to spend 2% of average net profit of last 3 years on CSR activities had been setting a clear forward movement on the agenda. Other recent developments include the Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility Guidelines for Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSEs) are a part of the each CPSEs yearly target with their commitment to implement them along with their financial and business targets.

This was followed by the launch of the National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental & Economic Responsibilities of Business on 8 July 2011 by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. The Guidelines provide a robust framework that may be adopted voluntarily by companies to address interests of various stakeholders, including employees, customers and investors. In most recent times the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) mandate from November 2011 that the 100 top listed entities must submit Business Responsibility Reports, as a part of their annual reports.

GRI Focal Point in India
India is a newly industrialized country and a key market for boosting the practice of sustainability reporting. By having an office on the ground, GRI can help change the sustainability reporting landscape and improve overall transparency. Since the Focal Point was established, the number of reporters in India has increased. The support of the GRI Focal Point India provides Indian corporations a chance to shape GRI’s continuously developing Sustainability Reporting Framework, as well as standards and the emerging regulatory landscape for sustainability reporting in India.

The Focal Point India was established in January 2010, and is hosted by the German International Corporation, India (GIZ) until December 2013. The Focal Point has advised GIZ on the development of national voluntary disclosure frameworks as part of the IICA-GIZ Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, which facilitated the developmental process of the National Voluntary Guidelines launched by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in 2011.

Focal Point India operates at the heart of the CSR and sustainability landscape in India. The Focal Point has an important strategic collaboration with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), an independent think tank under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India through the IICA-GIZ CSR initiative.

The Focal Point maintains close working and collaborative engagements through capacity building, policy advocacy, research and consultations with Ministries, regulators, business, industry associations, financial market players, B-Schools and civil-societies from India and South Asia. Given the growing importance of sustainability topics, GRI Focal Point India will soon publish two research studies. One would be on the trends and practices of Sustainability reporting in 8 economically important sectors and the other on Non Financial Reporting Preparedness of Banks in India.

The Indian Focal Point also has a strategic collaboration with the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA). SAFA has member bodies from both the accounting and the cost and works institutions of each of the South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. GRI’s Focal Point India also contributed to the South Asian agenda by collaborating with ACCA, Sri Lanka, CIM Sri Lanka, ICAB, Bangladesh, CSR Centre for Bangladesh.

The Focal Point India consists of a Director and a Coordinator.

Dr. Haldar is an expert in corporate sustainability management, with almost twenty years experience with leading companies and global institutions in the areas of environment and sustainable development.

Dr. Aditi Haldar
Director- GRI Focal Point India
Tel: +91 93 12607544

With a Sociology background, Rubina has four years’ experience in the development sector. Before joining GRI she worked as Programme Coordinator for the United Nations Global Compact Network India (GCNI). She has experience in CSR, media research, data management and training.

Ms. Rubina Sen
GRI Focal Point India Coordinator
(M) : +91 989 957 3283
Tel (D) : +91 11 4949 5353 (extn 1310)
Fax: +91 (0) 11 2671 5967

For emergencies contact 011 49495353 (extn. 1312).


GRI : Australia
The GRI Focal Point Australia provides guidance and support to local organizations, driving GRI’s mission to make sustainability reporting standard practice

The current GRI Certified Training Partners for Australia and New Zealand are listed. If you are interested in attending the Certified Training Courses or Modules, please contact the Training Partners directly by clicking on the link. You will be re-directed to their website where you can find out when and where each are offering the Certified Training Courses and Modules, and how to register.

The GRI Focal Point Australia’s objectives are:

• Drive the mainstreaming of sustainability reporting through engaging with new sectors and industries throughout Australia
• Communicate the latest developments around sustainability reporting with stakeholder groups
• Channel local stakeholders’ feedback to GRI to increase local ownership of sustainability reporting and GRI’s Framework.

The Focal Point is funded by CPA Australia and KPMG who are members of the Focal Point Australia's Thought Leaders Council (TLC). The TLC consists of a group of organisations that undertake to make a financial or in kind contribution locally to the GRI Focal Point Australia as well as contributing to the leadership of a strategic objective of GRI in line with the objectives of their own organisation. St James Ethics Centre is also a member of the TLC along with the Australian Government who have undertaken the role of observer.

The GRI Focal Point would like to thank its principal supporters:
CPA, Australia
KPMG, Australia

The hosting partner is
Saint Ethics Centre

To ensure the support and success of the GRI Focal Point in Australia, a strategic multi- stakeholder advising body around the Focal Point has been set up, in the shape of an Advisory Group. Members of the Advisory Group currently are:

Stella Whittaker, RPS Group, Advisory Group Chair, GRI Stakeholder Council Member
Peter Colley, National Research Director Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU), GRI Stakeholder Council Member
Rebecca Gunn, Ernst & Young, GRI Stakeholder Council Member
Robyn Leeson, NetBalance Foundation, GRI Stakeholder Council Member Technical Advisory Council Member
Julian Poulter, Asset Owner’s Disclosure Project, GRI Stakeholder Council Member
John Purcell, CPA Australia
Scott Rogers, Department of Treasury, Australian Government
Wayne Wescott, Independent Sustainability Consultant and Former CEO ICLEI, Former GRI Stakeholder Council Member

Focal Point : Astralia Staff


Head of GRI Focal Point Australia

Victoria holds a Degree in Arts, and a Master of Education for Sustainability. She draws on 10 years of local and international experience in sustainability, which has focused largely on developing policy, strategies and frameworks around a strategic approach to sustainability. Victoria’s qualifications and experience have provided her with an excellent understanding of contemporary challenges in integrating sustainability into organizational policy and strategies and in facilitating organizational and community behavior change.

Prior to working at GRI, Victoria most recently worked in sustainability policy at CHOICE, and at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, where she managed the Prince of Wales’s Business and the Environment Program and Al Gore’s Climate Project amongst other programs.

Focal Point Australia Coordinator

GRI : Brazil
The GRI Focal Point Brazil provides guidance and support to local organizations, driving GRI’s mission to make sustainability reporting standard practice.
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GRI : China
GRI China Office provides guidance and support sustainable development report on China's local authorities, and with offices in other parts of GRI GRI together to promote the realization of the mission: the standardization of sustainability reporting.

China's Sustainable Development Report
China is the world's most populous countries, rapid economic growth, which is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities for sustainable development. People excessive focus on economic growth has caused some social problems arising at the same time, the environmental impact of pollution generated by economic growth, waste and unsustainable water use, such as getting worse. Nevertheless, the Chinese government remains one of the non-financial information disclosure system of government to develop the world's most active, the impact of China's sustainable development policy are also very large.

March 2011, the Chinese government issued the 12th Five-Year Plan, as the world's second largest economy depicts the development of the road next five years. The main goal of this plan is through more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable development to expand domestic demand. Earlier, other government departments and the stock exchange has many sustainability reporting initiatives. In this context, GRI China office conform to government policies and social trends, and promote sustainability reporting in China.

In China, people of knowledge and understanding of the extent of the GRI guidelines is still in its early stages, but the number of sustainability reporting is growing rapidly. GRI established the China office in 2009 to promote the development of this trend. GRI hopes to help Chinese companies and other agencies to be more active and proactive international dialogue on sustainable development. GRI network is very wide, and the integration of Chinese institutions GRI network to further promote interaction in the field of global sustainable development.

GRI China Office
GRI China Office provides guidance and support sustainable development report on China's local authorities, and with offices in other parts of GRI GRI together to promote the realization of the mission: the standardization of sustainability reporting. China is relatively young in industrialized countries, developing countries are also important for sustainable development reporting. GRI believes that the establishment of an office in China to guide the sustainable development of the local situation report. GRI China office was founded in July 2009. Since then, it began to carry out the following three aspects to accomplish its mission work in China: • with various fields and industries to communicate and exchange, to promote the mainstreaming of sustainability reporting • convey various agencies to China sustainability reporting in the latest international developments • gather feedback to local agencies, improving the sense of ownership of Chinese institutions GRI guidelines GRI China office is a separate legal entity, with a separate office. Office has three positions: Director, China commissioner, and administrative assistants.

Ming Hui-yu
Director - GRI China office

Chen Li Xian
China commissioner - GRI China office

Yuan Yuan
Administrative Assistant - GRI China office

Office Address
Main Street
Chaoyang District
23 East Diplomatic Office
205F, 100600

GRI : South Africa
The GRI Focal Point South Africa works to promote GRI's mission in southern Africa and other key target markets on the continent.

Reporting in South Africa
South Africa is the biggest economy in Africa accounting for 24% of the continent’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). South Africa is among the top mining countries in the world, controlling three quarters of the world's platinum production and large reserves of palladium, gold, manganese, and diamonds. South Africa is reportedly the fifth largest investor in other African countries with its mining, retail, financial, and telecommunications companies setting shop across the continent.

The Focal Point envisages working with these multinational companies to expand and share best practices across the continent.

The response to national and international accountability frameworks by the business community in South Africa has been positive and pioneering in some respects. The regulatory environment has encouraged transparency and accountability by the private sector. The drivers for reporting include sector specific charters such as the mining charter, the JSE SRI Index and listing requirements that compel listed companies to produce an integrated report on a 'comply or explain why' basis (93% of the registered 2011 GRI reports from South Africa are from publicly listed companies), the IoDSA King III Code of Governance Principles for South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) Codes of Good Practice, the Public Investment Corporation's (PIC) Corporate Governance Rating Matrix.

The Government of South Africa is a member of the Group of Friends of Paragraph 47, together with Brazil, Demark and France. The group’s goal is to advance corporate sustainability reporting, and the countries have invited GRI and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to support them in a secretariat capacity.

Sustainability reporting in South Africa is continually growing and GRI is a vital partner enabling companies to become successful reporters. In South Africa many reporting entities use the GRI Guidelines and support GRI’s mission. Between 2010 and 2011 there was a 97% growth in the number of registered GRI reports in South Africa. Today South Africa is one of the countries with the largest number of known GRI reporters globally. Additionally, there are many other companies that refer to the GRI Guidelines when producing their sustainability report. South Africa is also leading in the development of Integrated Reporting and many of its companies are among those that are currently testing the concept practically.

However the uptake of sustainability reporting in the rest of the continent has been very low. Of the GRI registered reports in 2010 and 2011, only 3% were from outside South Africa, namely from organizations in Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius and Nigeria.

South African experts and practitioners have played an important role in the development of the GRI Framework for Sustainability through participation in technical committees, feedback platforms, and representation on the GRI governance bodies - the Stakeholder Council, Technical Advisory Committee and Board of Directors. Ms Karin Ireton of Standard Bank South Africa is the current chairman of the Stakeholder Council.

Focal Point South Africa
The GRI Focal Point South Africa's objectives are:
• Promoting the importance of transparency for markets and better knowledge of sustainability reporting (SR) in key target markets on the continent as well as in the SADC region
• Building and strengthening sustainability performance and reporting capacity
• Shaping the reporting environment by influencing public policy and market initiatives
• Facilitating the participation and representation of African organizations/experts/practitioners in the development of the GRI Reporting Framework and governance bodies as well as GRI’s participation in key African regional initiatives
• Ensuring long term institutional sustainability

Current activities for GRI Focal Point South Africa include:

1. Launch of Focal Point South Africa
The Focal Point was officially launched on 26 February 2013 at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The launch featured high level speakers from South Africa and the Sub-Saharan Africa region, as well as GRI’s Chief Executive Mr. Ernst Ligteringen and Chairman Emeritus Professor Mervyn King. The event brought together more than 170 leaders and opinion formers from business, government, academia, civil society and financial markets, and opened up discussions on global sustainability reporting developments.

2. G4 Roll Out
Following on from the recent launch of the G4 Guidelines at the Global Conference on Sustainability and Reporting in Amsterdam on 22-24 May, GRI Focal Point South Africa has been involved in a number of events to engage stakeholders and reporters on the new G4 guidelines.

The events include:
Environmental & Sustainability Solutions (ESS), From G3.1 to G4 in Sustainability/ Integrated Reporting, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 June 2013
Next Generation Consultants, GRI G4 Information Session, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 July 2013
Focal Point South Africa, GRI training workshop for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Bank of South Africa Green Fund, Johannesburg, South Africa, 19 July 2013
GRI G4 Guidelines: More Reports, Better Reporting, Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 July 2013 with support from Ernst and Young
GRI G4 Guidelines: More Reports, Better Reporting, Cape Town, South Africa, 25 July 2013 with support from Ernst and Young
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Southern Africa, G4 Reporting - what will we do differently? Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 August 2013
Focal Point South Africa & TB Consult, Sustainability Conversations – Profit with Purpose, Johannesburg, South Africa, 31 October 2013
Sustainability Reporting – Launch of GRI G4 in Mauritius, Ebene, Mauritius, 5 November 2013 with support from Mauritius Institute of Directors and Omnicane

As part of the global roll-out to raise awareness and promote better understanding of the new G4 guidelines, GRI Focal Point South Africa will be rolling out the new G4 guidelines in Kenya and Nigeria in the coming months. The events will cover both the key changes from G3.1 to G4 and the main reporting trends and practices identified at the Global Conference. The G4 event in Nigeria is planned for January 2014. Dates are still to be set for Kenya. Please keep your eye on the GRI events center for more details and to register for these events.

Other recent Regional Outreach and Engagement activities for GRI Focal Point South Africa have included:

Regional CSR Indaba and stakeholder engagement, Harare, Zimbabwe, 3-6 April 2013
IUCN Sustainable Fair Coasts Initiative: Towards Sustainable and Responsible Management of the LNG Industry national workshop, Maputo, Mozambique, 2-4 May 2013
Stakeholder mapping and engagement visit and sustainability reporting workshop for UNGC Ghana members, Accra, Ghana, 3-7 June 2013
Africa Roundtable on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, 20-21 June 2013
19th International Conference on Small and Medium Enterprises (ICSME), Durban, South Africa, 18-21 September 2013
UNPRI in Person Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 September-2 October 2013
Shareholders’ Forum: Transition towards Sustainable and Responsible investing in Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, 4 October 2013
Safaricom Launch of Sustainability Report, Nairobi, Kenya, 16 October 2013
BCSDZ 20th Anniversary Annual Conference, Harare, Zimbabwe, 26-27 November 2013

The Focal Point is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). The GRI Focal Point South Africa would like to thank its principal supporter:

GRI : USA & Canada
GRI Focal Point USA & Canada provides sustainability guidance and support to local organizations across sectors - and drives GRI's mission of making sustainability reporting standard practice by all kinds of entities.
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G 4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines
Welcome to the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – enabling all organizations to report the sustainability information that matters

G 4 Translations
The translation of the GRI G4 Guidelines into various different languages ensures that they are accessible to a global audience. This global accessibility and reach is central to the fulfillment of GRI’s mission to mainstream sustainability reporting.
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G4 Development Process
G4 is GRI’s fourth generation of Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. New generations of Guidelines are part of GRI’s commitment to the continuous development of its Framework.
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G4 consortium
The members of the G4 Consortium sponsored and supported the development of G4 - the most recent generation of GRI Guidelines.

G4 has been a strategic priority for GRI until May 2013. As for any other GRI Guidelines related content development, the G4 development process was multi-stakeholder, involving experts, organizations and individuals from diverse stakeholder groups – such as business, civil society and labor – and geographical regions. Public opinion was recorded during Public Comment Periods, and expert Working Groups developed draft Guidelines for comment and approval by GRI’s governance bodies.

In order to gather resources for this project, GRI established the G4 Consortium. Members of the Consortium – world-leading companies Alcoa, Enel, GE, Goldman Sachs, Natura and Shell – sponsored the project for the three year development of G4. GRI counted also on the expertise and support of Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC to check and improve the technical features of the current Guidelines. These companies were also members of the G4 Consortium.

The Consortium was not part of GRI’s governance structure, nor involved in any step of the decision making process, and it did not have a role in designing the project. The Consortium had a supporting role to the G4 project plans, which were approved by GRI’s Board of Directors and implemented by the Secretariat.

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