The following information came from the Global Reporting Initiative website:
The Global Reporting Initiative is a large multi-stakeholder network of thousands of experts, in dozens of countries worldwide, who participate in GRI’s working groups and governance bodies, use the GRI Guidelines to report, access information in GRI-based reports, or contribute to develop the Reporting Framework in other ways – both formally and informally.
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework and is committed to its continuous improvement and application worldwide. This framework sets out the principles and indicators that organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance.
The Global Reporting Initiative refers to the 30,000 strong multi-stakeholder network that collaborates to advance sustainability reporting.
To date, more than 1,500 companies, including many of the worlds leading brands, have declared their voluntary adoption of the Guidelines worldwide. Consequently the G3 Guidelines have become the de facto global standard for reporting. The GRI is a collaborating centre of the United Nations Environment Programme.
From May 7th to 9th the Global Reporting Initiative held a Conference on Sustainability and Transparency in Amsterdam where Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll gave a keynote speech.