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GRI Certified Training Seminar in Sustainability Reporting

BrownFlynn to partner with ISOS Group to train at Saint Louis University

Submitted by: BrownFlynn

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Research, Reports & Publications

Posted: Mar 07, 2013 – 11:07 AM EST


CLEVELAND, Mar. 07 /CSRwire/ - The Center for Sustainability at Saint Louis University is proud to announce that GRI Training Partners ISOS Group and BrownFlynn will be returning to the Saint Louis University campus to provide certified training in sustainability reporting using the GRI Framework April 18-19, 2013.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the world's leading framework for sustainability reporting. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework can assist you and/or your organization in developing a systematic approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability reporting. This two-day training course will help you prepare to effectively manage and report sustainability performance using the GRI Framework.

Program Takeaway

Participants will learn how to manage the sustainability reporting process using the Global Reporting Initiative’s third-generation (G3 and G3.1) Sustainability Reporting Framework, supplemental GRI reporting publications and sustainability reports from leading organizations as case studies. As the world gears up for the release of the G4 guidelines, participants will be briefed on implications of the proposed changes.

Topics include:

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Materiality assessments
  • GRI coverage assessments
  • Data collection
  • Goal setting and GRI principles for boundary setting
  • Defining content
  • Ensuring report quality
  • Publication project management

Who Should Attend

This two-day GRI-certified training is designed to encourage participation among a diverse group of professionals looking to enhance their skill sets, such as for-profit and non-profit managers in charge of sustainability activities as well as sustainability consultants and graduate students. GRI is a framework suitable for organizations of all sizes, from all sectors, featuring sector specific metrics that organizations can flexibly adapt to communicate performance in key sustainability areas.

Approach to Training

The course is taught by working sustainability reporting professionals with in-depth knowledge of the GRI Reporting Framework and decades of experience managing enterprise-level reporting projects across a variety of sectors. A blend of instruction, individual and group exercises, sustainability case studies and special guest presentations from local reporting organizations keeps the course engaging and lively.


It is not necessary to have worked on a report previously and there are no pre-requisites.

Registration Includes

  • GRI-Certified course content
  • Supplemental training content
  • 40-page GRI reporting guidebook
  • Meals and refreshments
  • GRI Certificate of Completion

GRI Certificate of Completion

Upon concluding 16 hours of required instruction, participants will be awarded the GRI Certificate of Completion directly from GRI for their knowledge of the following:

  • GRI, the GRI Framework, and supporting documents
  • Reporting concept, planning and the reporting process
  • Benefits and challenges of reporting
  • Stakeholder identification, role, prioritization, and engagement
  • The GRI materiality principle and indicator selection
  • Connecting report content and monitoring with policies and goals
  • Quality assurance and application levels
  • Communicating results

Seminar Schedule:

Thursday, April 18th, 7:30am-5:30pm

Friday, April 19th, 7:30am-4:00pm


Saint Louis University
DuBourg Hall
221 N. Grand Blvd.
Sinquefield Stateroom

For More Information Contact:

Beth-Anne Yakubu
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University

To register for the course please click here.

Current Program Sponsors:

Boeing Institute of International Business, John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University
St. Louis Regional Chamber

About BrownFlynn

Founded in January 1996, BrownFlynn is a leading, award-winning corporate social responsibility and sustainability consulting firm. All of BrownFlynn’s business is derived from sustainability consulting, communications and training services. The Firm advises Fortune 500 and privately held companies on how to integrate responsible practices into their business strategies, and how to communicate these practices internally and externally for bottom-line impact. BrownFlynn conducts workshops, webinars and on-site trainings to educate companies on sustainability strategies, trends and reporting. BrownFlynn is the first U.S.-certified training partner for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a U.S. Silver Consultancy Partner with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). To learn more visit www.brownflynn.com.

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Phone: 440-484-0100
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