Canada beats US in GRI Application Level Declaration

GRI’s database records 66 Canadian reporters for 2010. Of these, only 15% (listed below) did not declare their Application levels. This compares to 30% ‘Undeclared’ US reporters.

A list of 'Undeclared Canadian GRI Reporters is provided below (source: GRI). It is intersting to note that two of these reporting orgainzation - Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEA) and BMO Financial Group -  have changed their practices and declared their GRI Application Levels in their 2011 reporting.

  • Agnico-Eagle Mines (AEM) - declared A-level in 2011
  • BC Hydro - 2011 report not recorded yet
  • BMO Financial Group - declared B-level in 2011
  • Bombardier -  also 'Undeclared' in 2011
  • Gildan - 2011 report not recorded yet
  • Imperial Oil - 2011 report not recorded yet
  • National Bank of Canada - 2011 report not recorded yet
  • Potash Corp. - 2011 report not recorded yet
  • RIM - 2011 report not recorded yet
  • Xstrata Copper Canada - also 'Undeclared'  in 2011

Does this mean that Canadian reporters are better at applying the GRI framework or that US reporters (see my recent blog here) are more risk adverse?

About the author: Mehrdad Nazari (MBA, MSc, LEAD Fellow) is a Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability Reporting & ESIA Advisor, and Director of Prizma. He was previously an environmental consultant with Dames & Moore, Principal Environmental Specialist at the European Bank and CSR Research Director at CoreRatings. Mehrdad has co-delivered a dozen GRI-certified courses on GRI’s sustainability reporting framework and is also a Licensed AA1000 Assurance Provider. Access Prizma’s latest newsletters here.

2 Comments to Canada beats US in GRI Application Level Declaration

  1. Mitchell L. Gold left this message on LinkedIn: “not that the observation is incorrect, but we ought to be looking beyond the GRI in any event. The GRI is an insignificant cop out. look deeper and you will find the ISO 26000 and the potential that it affords social justice and corporate change modalities. The GRI is a strategic distraction – and we all ought to make it public in as gentle a manner as possible. clearly Canadians cop out easier than Americans.”

  2. Thanks for your note, Mitchell. I see that you are not one of the greatest fans of GRI (and I think many would agree that it is an imperfect framework). It seems that you feel that ISO 26k is approaching the perfect model more fully. May I encourage you to elaborate further also on what you mean by ‘cop out’…

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