8 Mining Companies Used GRI G3.1 Guidelines in 2011

GRI's G3.1 was launched in March 2011 and includes expanded guidance for reporting on human rights, local community impacts, and gender. According to GRI’s database for 2011, eight out of 102 reporting entries for the mining sector in 2011 have adopted the updated GRI G3.1 guidelines.

Overall, GRI G3.1 comprise about 10% of all the registered 2011 GRI reports. The GRI G3 and GRI G3.1 Guidelines will continue to remain valid until the end of the transition period to GRI G4. The mining companies which have already adopted GRI G3.1 for the 2011 reporting period and are covered in GRI's database are as follows:

GRI’s G4 Guidelines are still under development and are  expected to be launched in May 2013. Historically, the introduction of a new generation of GRI guidelines have allowed for a two-year transition period.

Is your mining company (or the one you are advising) in the process of adopting GRI G3.1 for its next sustainability reporting cycle? What are some of the challenges you have been encountering?  Or do you expect to wait until GRI G4 has been published?


About the author: Mehrdad Nazari (MBA, MSc, LEAD Fellow) is a Corporate Responsibility, GRI & ESIA Advisor, and Director of Prizma. His most recent GRI reporting assignment involved Supporting ScottsMiracle-Gro with CR Reporting. Previous GRI-reporting related engagements included Lundin Mining Corp., Red Back Mining (now part of Kinross Gold), Fulbright Academy for Science & Technology, Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and Gold Reserve Inc. Mehrdad was previously an environmental consultant with Dames & Moore (now URS), Principal Environmental Specialist at the European Bank and CSR Research Director at CoreRatings (now DNV). In addition to his advisory practice, Mehrdad has delivered over 20 short courses on IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles and GRI’s sustainability reporting framework. Access Prizma’s Spring 2012 newsletters here.