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GRI Announces Major Effort to Expand International Network of Stakeholders
Last modified: October 09, 2008
by Gary Liss
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In preparation for its early-2002 launch as an independent
standards-setting body, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has kicked
off a drive to enlist an international network of Individual Stakeholders.

"By reaching out and engaging a diverse population supportive of improved
corporate and organizational accountability and public reporting," said
Dr. Robert Kinloch Massie, GRI Steering Committee Chair, "we will expand
the broad coalition that is working to ensure the long-term viability of an
independent GRI."

The GRI invites all persons interested in elevating public reporting on
social, environmental and economic performance-also known as sustainability
reporting-to become "Individual Stakeholders" in the GRI.

"We hope to attract the broadest possible array of environmental and human
rights advocates, investors, business people, accountants, academics, union
members, and a multitude of others," said Massie. "The success of the GRI
has been rooted in a commitment to inclusiveness, diversity, and consensus."

Registration is free and can be completed on-line. Once registered,
Individual Stakeholders will gain access to the latest information and
resources on the GRI, specify how they would like to become involved, and
become pioneers in a movement that is changing the face of public
disclosure. The GRI will benefit by building an ever-expanding and
committed stakeholder network, and by gaining a better understanding of the
composition and interests of that network.

To register as an Individual Stakeholder please visit the information page
and registration form. Information gathered will not be sold or
distributed to external parties, and will be for the sole use of GRI.

Convened in 1997 by the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies
(CERES), in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, the
GRI is working to elevate sustainability reporting to the level of rigor,
comparability, and completeness evident in financial reporting. The GRI
has incorporated the active participation of hundreds of business,
accountancy, investment, environmental, human rights, and labor
organizations from around the world in designing a common framework for
sustainability reporting, called the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.

More than 100 major companies have tested or used the Guidelines in shaping
their reports.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Mark Brownlie
Global Reporting Initiative
Phone: +1.617.266.9384
brownlie@globalreporting.org Source:
http://www.globalreporting.org/News/PR/ISR05-11-01.htm [off-site]


Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485


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