10 May 17

Greenstone software completes GRI Standards certification

Certified Software and tools program-colour CMYK - CopyGreenstone’s non-financial reporting software is one of the first software tools to complete the certification for the implementation of the new GRI Standards content. 

The new Standards were announced by the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) in October 2016 and were officially launched in a series of global events. Developed by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), the GRI Standards aim to build on the previous GRI G4 framework to help companies around the world be more transparent in all areas of sustainability and to help organisations contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Greenstone’s software content has been certified by GRI’s Certified Software and Tools Program which guarantees that software and digital tools are using GRI content accurately, enabling robust and transparent reporting and making sustainability reports better, more accessible and easier to produce.

Greenstone provides easy-to-use, secure software with automated, accurate and auditable reporting along with supporting services from a team of industry experts. Greenstone’s CSR Frameworks module has been designed to meet the requirements of GRI’s sustainability reporting framework and enables companies to collect the required data needed to compile and produce a GRI report. Greenstone has used the GRI Standards Linkage Documents to map the content of the GRI Standards with the other frameworks available in the software including the SDGs.

Using Greenstone’s software, companies can define bespoke question sets from a range of reporting frameworks, including GRI, CDP and ISO 26000, based on the relevance and materiality to their organisation. Data and supporting information can then be collected across the organisation for a number of these frameworks in the same process, before being consolidated into internal and external reporting templates.

Matthew de Villiers, CEO at Greenstone, comments “GRI is the recognised international framework for CSR reporting and this certification for the new GRI standards underlines our commitment to ensuring that our clients have the latest frameworks and content available to facilitate their work and reporting. Greenstone works with global organisations across multiple industry sectors to help define, measure, report and improve their CSR programmes. Through our CSR Frameworks module, clients are able to define material business impacts, develop efficient data gathering processes and improve consistency of their reporting.”

Greenstone is holding a 30-minute webinar on Wednesday 31st May at 4pm GMT on ‘Reporting against the GRI Standards’ focussing on the changes made within the GRI Standards and to provide guidance on what organisations can do to start the reporting process. Find out more or register.

Greenstone is a registered member of the GRI GOLD Community and supports GRI’s mission to develop globally accepted sustainability reporting guidelines through a global multi-stakeholder process.


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Non-Financial Reporting , GRI , Frameworks