Sustainability Standards: GRI vs. ISO 26000

Question: My company is researching ways to improve sustainability. We have come across the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards for sustainability and ISO 26000, a sustainability and social responsibility standard from the International Organization for Standardization. How do these standards compare to one another? Do they compete somehow?

Answer: ISO 26000 and the GRI standards work together, taking different approaches to achieve a common goal. ISO 26000 provides guidance on integrating sustainability into a business and its supply chain, while the GRI standards provide a framework for publicly reporting on sustainability issues.

In practice, ISO 26000 offers guidance to provide a structure for companies to organize their sustainability initiatives. The GRI standards establish guidelines that can be used to measure and present the results of these initiatives in the organization’s report.

Article is current as of 2020-06-26.

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