Global Reporting Initiative to launch the G3.1 Guidelines
March 23, 2011 | By isosteam |
GRI will launch the updated G3.1 Guidelines on 23 March 2011.
G3.1 is an update and completion of the G3 Guidelines. It will also be a reference for the development of the next generation of GRI’s Guidelines, G4.
G3.1 features up to date guidance on issues that are critical in today’s society – human rights, gender and community. When the G3 Guidelines were first approved, GRI’s governance bodies recommended that GRI improve its guidance on these issues. As a result, G3.1 completes this generation of Guidelines, and provides the most comprehensive reporting guidance available today.
GRI is also launching the new Technical Protocol – Applying the Report Content Principles. The Protocol addresses one of the key challenges that organizations face in preparing reports – deciding which issues are material for assessing their sustainability performance. The Protocol will enable organizations to produce relevant reports more easily, and can be used with the G3 and G3.1 Guidelines.
Organizations are entitled to use the G3 or G3.1 Guidelines. Both versions remain valid until the end of the two year transition period for the Guidelines’ next generation, G4, due to be launched in 2013. This is partly in recognition of the organizational costs involved in transitioning, and means that reporting organizations will still be able to qualify for an Application Level A using G3 throughout this period.
While G3-based reporting remains valid, GRI recommends that reporters use G3.1, the most comprehensive reporting guidance available today. G3.1 enables organizations to be transparent about a wider range of sustainability issues. New reporters should begin their reporting journey by following G3.1.
For more information about G3.1, the development of G4 or for any other questions, please contact Nikki McKean-Wood.
Source: Global Reporting Initiative
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