Submitted by: BrownFlynn
Posted: Dec 08, 2008 – 12:30 PM EST
Cleveland, OH - Following a competitive selection process, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) recently entered into an agreement with BrownFlynn to begin the process of becoming their U.S.-based GRI Certified Training Partner. Once certified, BrownFlynn can begin to offer the GRI Certified Training Program to all U.S. companies.
"The GRI reporting standards have become widely accepted as the gold standard for sustainability and CSR reporting internationally," says Barbara Brown, BrownFlynn principal and co-owner. "We're extremely honored to be selected to begin the certification process and to be able to partner with other organizations in the U.S. and internationally on how to adhere to the GRI standards."
Based in the Netherlands, GRI maintains the most widely used framework for communicating sustainability performance around the world, encouraging transparency and accountability. Through the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, organizations report on their economic, environmental and social outputs.
"BrownFlynn has been a GRI Organizational Stakeholder for more than two years," says Brown. "As such, we have incorporated the GRI guidelines and processes into many of the services we provide, which include stakeholder engagement, strategy creation, goal setting and reporting." Other Organizational Stakeholders include Dell, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, HP, Microsoft and Nike.
For nearly 13 years, BrownFlynn has provided niche consulting, focusing on helping companies integrate sustainable and responsible business practices into the core of how they operate. By becoming a GRI Certified Training Partner, BrownFlynn will further solidify its position as a GRI advocate and deliver the GRI curriculum to organizations across the United States.
The GRI Certified Training Program's aim is to educate companies around the world on sustainability reporting. "By helping those like us that create, develop and use sustainability reports, we, in turn, hope to encourage more organizations to embrace the GRI standards, increase the number of reports created, and enhance the quality of reporting around the globe," says Brown.
In addition, more than 1,000 organizations from nearly 60 countries have formally declared their use of the GRI Guidelines. Organizations that have released sustainability reports in 2008, in adherence with the GRI G3 guidelines include BASF, BP, Coca-Cola, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Exxon-Mobil, Henkel, L'Oreal, Mazda, Sony and Starbucks.
BrownFlynn is a corporate responsibility and sustainability consulting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The firm partners with clients to integrate environmental and social responsibility into their business strategies, and helps them communicate those messages internally and externally, creating a cultural shift that results in botto-line impact. Visit www.brownflynn.com for service offerings, case studies and its sustainability resource center.
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