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G4 GRI-Certified Sustainability Reporting

This two-day program provides attendees with a comprehensive overview of reporting their environmental, social and economic policies-a practice which often establishes or enhances a company's sustainability strategy-according to the G4 Reporting Guidelines. The GRI certified training syllabus is divided into six sections - an overview which includes the business case for sustainability reporting and an overview of the GRI G4 framework and the five phases of the GRI Process for Sustainability Reporting.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion from GRI and BrownFlynn after sucessfully finishing the course.

  G4 GRI-Certified Sustainability Reporting Training Provider

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Who Should Attend

This course is designed for those tasked with leading their company's development of a G4 sustainability report.

Course Outline

    The certified training syllabus is divided into six sections:
    Overview: Introduction to the GRI framework and five-step reporting process
    • Presenting the business case for sustainability and its relationship to sustainability reporting
    • GRI Guidelines/Reporting Framework structure and composition
    • Standard report components for inclusion in GRI-based reports
    • GRI Principles for report content and quality
    • Overview of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Process (Phases 1-5)

    GRI Phase 1: Prepare
    • Coordinating the reporting process for maximum internal buy-in
    • Organizing for Success - the Team and the Timeline
    • External Influences on Strategy Decisions - Regulations, Certifications, Evaluations...
    • Definition of report scope, boundary and time period
    • Getting Started - Linking Business Goals and Sustainability Impacts

    GRI Phase 2: Connect
    • Importance of stakeholder engagement to the reporting process
    • Stakeholder identification and prioritization
    • Effective stakeholder communication

    GRI Phase 3: Define
    • Identifying material (relevant) sustainability issues for action and reporting
    • Evaluating existing monitoring systems for realistic goal-setting
    • Setting goals and performance targets
    • Appropriately reviewing and modifying internal policies and procedures
    • Reviewing existing monitoring systems for realistic goal-setting

    GRI Phase 4: Monitor
    • The GRI Indicators and Protocols - GRI's guidance on what to measure and how to measure it
    • Checking processes and monitoring activities
    • Ensuring quality of information

    GRI Phase 5: Communicate
    • Communication tactics and formats
    • Maximizing internal and external report value
    • Options for incorporating sustainability reporting into a traditional annual report
    • Designing a report for clarity and readability
    • GRI Application Levels and external assurance of report information

    What You'll Learn
    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Make arguments for the business case for reporting.
    • List the steps to plan and present a reporting process.
    • Give examples of links between everyday organizational activities and their economic, social and environmental impacts based on their own current experience and context.
    • Recognize some self-assessment tools for initial evaluation of such impacts.
    • Identify the Global Compact Principles and explain how they can be used in the initial evaluation of aspects to report.
    • Identify the goals of the kick off meeting.
    • Identify priority stakeholders in their context and explain why.
    • Justify why stakeholders' input is critical for the success of the reporting process.
    • Explain the difference between a GRI category, GRI aspect and a GRI indicator.
    • Decide on appropriate ways to consult stakeholders about issues to report.
    • Explain what the GRI materiality principle is and its role to select the indicators for action and to report.
    • Explain and give examples of the GRI reporting principles for defining content.
    • Recognize what decisions about the report content need to be taken by decision makers before monitoring.