Updates to GRI services for companies using the revised Universal Standards to ensure better reports

Development of support services available to help organizations effectively meet stakeholder needs and expectations while reporting their impacts on the economy, the environment and people has been proudly announced by the GRI.

The GRI Report Services have been expanded to fully reveal the updated reporting requirements. This comes after the launch of the revised Universal Standards in October last year. As a result of recent changes, organizations using the revised Standards can now select between the ‘essential’ and ‘advanced’ Content Index service options:  

  • GRI Content Index — Essentials explores the disclosures that cannot be omitted from the index, ensuring their correct application and reference. This service is recommended for experienced reporters familiar with the updated GRI Standards. 
  • GRI Content Index — Advanced in addition to the above, this facility includes all disclosures and omissions, and is advised for less experienced reporting specialists or who feel less familiar with the revised Standards. 

Once either of the services is complete, the reporting organization will receive the ‘GRI Services Mark’ – to be included in their content index to highlight the additional steps taken to ensure transparency.  

Moreover, GRI has updated the Content Index Template,  freely available and used by organizations as the foundation for a high-quality content index.

We are committed to providing comprehensive support to reporters transitioning to the GRI Universal Standards 2021, reflected in our updated services. A high-quality content index is the starting point for all effective and user-focused reports. We look forward to working with many more companies and helping them on their sustainability journey.

Piers Horner, GRI Services Manager

To use the revised services, reporting organizations are encouraged to complete an online service sign-up form. Existing services, such as the SDG mapping service and materiality disclosures service remain for reporters using the Universal Standards 2016, but eventually phased out by the end of 2022. 

Source: GRI