Contribute to the Global Reporting Initiative's Next-Generation Framework

Posted September 6, 2012

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has opened its second public comment period and is soliciting comments on an exposure draft of the next generation of its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (G4). GRI is the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world.

At this time, no updates related to occupational health and safety (OHS) have been made to GRI. It will be valuable for GRI to hear from OHS professionals about how to make their reporting scheme stronger in this area.

Preliminary findings from a research project conducted by the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability (CSHS) show that top companies need to focus on sustaining the human resource as well as traditional sustainability issues. CSHS is a joint effort of AIHA®, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and was formed to ensure that the strengthening sustainability movement addresses OHS issues. During the first G4 comment period, the Center made suggestions to develop the assessment of health and safety sustainability (people, premises and processes), but GRI did not include these suggestions in the current draft. OHS professionals are encouraged to comment on the need for GRI to account for workplace health and safety.

A copy of the Exposure Draft is available as a downloadable PDF from GRI’s website. Occupational health and safety aspects of the document can be found on pages 195–204, LA6–9.

CSHS encourages OHS professionals to provide comments to GRI both as individuals and also through CSHS. If you would like your comments to be included with the Center’s, please e-mail them to Vicky Yobp by Sept. 18, 2012. This will allow time to meet the comment period deadline of Sept. 25, 2012. To submit comments directly to GRI, use the GRI Consultation Platform.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Vicky Yobp or Charles Redinger, AIHA’s representative to the CSHS Board of Directors, with any questions.