The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based organisation that has pioneered the development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework.
A 'sector supplement' was developed for the event industry and launched on January 24, 2012. The GRI EOSS was developed when the G3.1 Guidelines were in place - these were the base reporting indicators and guidelines. Since then the G3.1 Guidelines the G4 guidelines were published which significantly updated the core GRI disclosures. Read about the difference between the G3.1 and G4 guidelines. In 2018 the G4 Guidelines were upgraded to 'standards'.
The Guidelines detail all Categories, Aspects and Indicators along with guidance on how reporting should be undertaken. For example, when preparing a report, included should be the 'disclosure on management approach (DMA)', which is telling the story around how an issue has been managed.
View more on the GRI Event Organizers Sector Disclosure:
- EOSS-G3.1-Complete (original document)
- Download the (2018) GRI standardsGRI_UNGC_Business-Reporting-on-SDGs_Analysis-of-Goals-and-Targets
The GRI sets down a Sustainability Reporting Framework. It provides guidance for organisations to disclose their sustainability performance. The Sustainability Reporting Guidelines are the cornerstone of the reporting framework. Reporting your sustainability performance facilitates transparency and accountability by organisations and provides stakeholders with a universally-applicable, comparable framework from which to understand disclosed information.
Practical guide on integrating SDG reporting into company reporting.
Why produce a Sector Supplement for the Events Industry?
There are many varied specific sustainability challenges related to the Events industry. While the sustainability impacts for the sector may be known, reporting on these impacts is at a nascent stage within the Events industry.
At the same time, stakeholders such as industry associations, journalists, local authorities, investors, and visitors are no longer content to stand by - they are demanding more information on the sustainability credentials of the events they attend. As such, it is hoped that this new guidance with not only provide guidance to report preparers and facilitate the standardisation of sustainability reports in the sector but also drive reporting by the sector.