Are you familiar with GRI? Founded in the U.S. in 1997, GRI – Global Reporting Initiative – is an international non-profit organization helping businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and other sustainability topics. The reporting is growing among enterprises, enabling not just businesses and government, but all members of society to make informed decisions based on sustainability performance.
The organization’s vision as posted on their website is to create a future where sustainability is integral to every organization’s decision making process. The mission is to empower decision makers everywhere, through our sustainability standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world. They support a multi-stakeholder process, transparency, informed decisions, a global perspective, and organizations that consider the public in every decision.
GRIs first global sustainability reporting standards were published in the Fall of 2016, enabling organizations to report publicly on their economic, environmental and social impacts. GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety was drafted in 2016 to ensure alignment with internationally-agreed best practice. Occupational safety and workplace wellness are aspects of a organizations social system which forms the foundation of the social dimension of sustainability.
GRI 403 involves both the prevention of harm, and the promotion of health and well-being. Occupational Health Services and Wellness initiatives are included.
Learn more and review GRI 403 – GRI: Empowering Sustainable Decisions. There is a 60-day comment period now through October 9, 2017. You will need to register to have your say, but it is a simple process.