The case for CSR/ Sustainability Reporting Done Responsibly


Insights on how you can protect the environment, maintain and increase the value of your company, through a structured process.

Insights on how you can protect the environment, maintain and increase the value of your company, through a structured process.

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Action by professionals: #TakePositiveAction #BePositiveChange

Is your company polluting the air we breathe?

Pollution of the air we breathe (and the environment) can happen in two ways:

A. Emissions produced by your organization

These are emissions which are a direct result of your organization’s operations (e.g. owned vehicles, purchased electricity).

Suggested solutions:

  • Use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standard 305: Emissions demonstrate to all how you are #TakingPositiveAction to reduce your emissions. The GRI Standards are the most widely used standards and are used by 80% of the world’s 250 largest companies.

B. Emissions produced by other organizations, whose services you use (e.g. suppliers, transport providers)

These are emissions which other organizations, whose services you use, are responsible for.

Suggested solutions:

  • Use GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment in combination with GRI 305: Emissions and screen your suppliers.
  • Choose suppliers and transport providers who can provide evidence that they are taking solid action to reduce emissions. For instance:
    – the are using GRI 305: Emissions or they are reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards
    – data and charts that demonstrate how they are measuring, managing and changing
    – they have set targets (e.g. “our vehicle fleet will be 100% electric by [year]”, “our operations will be 100% powered by renewable energy by [year]”
    Note: Generic statements (e.g. “we will endeavour to take every possible action to reduce emissions”), which are not backed up by actions and data, are most probably greenwash.

Other actions you can take

  • Sign our petition to the UK Parliament: Our aim is to make it compulsory for #takepositiveaction #bepositivechange #breathefreshaircompanies which have a turnover of over £500k to provide information on their emissions and how they are reducing them.
  • Share your photo messages via your social media and show how emissions are affecting you, using the #TakePositiveAction, #BePositiveChange, #BreathCleanAir hashtags in your messages.
  • Share the link of this page ( with companies in your supply chain that are not measuring/ reducing their emissions and help them become part of the positive chain reaction that is changing our world.
  • Share this page with your friends.


Key facts about the GRI Standards

  • 80% of the world’s 250 largest companies issue sustainability/ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports using GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
  • The GRI Standards can be used by any organization, regardless of sector, size, and location.
  • GRI and the UN Global Compact have joined forces to enable measuring and reporting on the SDGs with the use of the GRI Standards.
  • Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010, the UN Global Compact adopts the GRI Standards as the recommended reporting framework for companies to communicate on progress made.
  • GRI has global strategic partnerships with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations Environment Programme and the United Nations Global Compact, with its framework enjoying synergies with the guidance of the International Finance Corporation, the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 26000, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Earth Charter Initiative.
  • GRI is focused on taking action on what matters where it matters: companies identify their impacts on the environment and stakeholders, measure, set targets, take action to minimize their negative impacts and increase their positive impacts, report the outcomes in their CSR/ Sustainability report.