2010 GRI reporting in US pushes past 2009 numbers
In a previous blog, I noted a sharp increase of GRI-type sustainability reports recorded in GRI’s database for Canada. At the same time, I observed a marginal decline for the US. Today’s tally suggests a different picture. The latest finding (31 Dec 2010) shows 153 GRI reports published in the US in 2010 (2009: 140) and 66 reports in Canada (2009: 40). The reporting trend is presented in this bar chart:
The number of reports underplays the many brands, tons of GHG emissions and savings, millions of employees and supply chains, and billions of revenues these reports cover. But more on that in a future blog. Similarly, ‘CSR nerds’ (and here I include knowledgeable analysts/investors) recognize the use of key GRI elements in many of the more advanced and credible CSR reports. However, lack of a formal GRI Index currently prevents the listing of those GRI-like reports in GRI’s database. And as others have pointed out, these figures are not exact. Many reporters (and/or their consultants) have not routinely informed GRI about published GRI reports, although there is no cost associated with their listing in GRI’s database.
Also, in the past, GRI relied primarily on a passive data capture process – and most CSR nerds have used
So what kind of reporting growth should we expect in 2011? I decided to encourage a
Have a happy, health and prosperous New Year!
Mehrdad Nazari, MBA, MSc, LEAD Fellow - Senior CSR & ESIA Advisor, PRIZMA