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Business for Social Responsibility Publishes: Reporting As a Process
(CSRwire) San Francisco- An
extensive process is underway to update the 2002 Global Report Initiative (GRI) Guidelines by
mid-2006. As part of its contribution to this process, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) has
published a free report drawing on the experiences of 19 member companies. Based on these
interviews, the report sets out specific recommendations that address the need for a practical,
user-friendly and technically sound set of Guidelines.
“Reporting As a Process” details
key findings on issues such as stakeholder dialogue, applying the GRI Reporting Principles, the
relationship between sustainability reports and annual reports, and putting reports to use. BSR
interviewed practitioners at companies spanning a range of industries, including: information &
communications technology; transport; pharmaceuticals; food & agriculture; extractives, oil & gas;
and consumer products. All of the companies interviewed published CSR reports that referenced the
According to Dunstan Hope, director of BSR’s Information & Communications
Technology practice, the company feedback provides valuable insights into the future of the GRI.
“Almost without exception, companies were making the case for the Guidelines to be more
user-friendly; but no one appeared to advocate that the purpose or concept of the Guidelines needed
re-visiting, or that the fundamental content needed substantial overhauling. Companies appear to
want evolution, not revolution,” Hope said.
The GRI Guidelines are for voluntary use by
organizations for reporting on the economic, environmental and social dimensions of their
activities, products and services. By the end of May 2005, 660 organizations had referenced the GRI
Guidelines in their reports, and of these 56 were published in accordance with the GRI Guidelines.
NOTE: The opinions expressed in “Reporting As a Process” are the views of BSR and are not
necessarily those of BSR member companies.
Founded in 1992, Business
for Social Responsibility provides advisory and information services to its member companies, the
broader global business community and other key CSR stakeholders. For more information, visit www.bsr.org