Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Certified Trainings

Customers, investors, governments and other stakeholders are demanding more transparency regarding corporate sustainability performance. Publicly discussing sustainability challenges, risks, and opportunities not only enhances credibility and reputation, but also helps build relationships with key stakeholders, catalyzes innovation and performance improvement, and creates business value.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that promotes this transparent disclosure through a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is highly respected and widely used around the world. The GRI Standards, developed through a global, multi-stakeholder process, are the most recent iteration of the framework.

ERM is a GRI Standards Pioneer, and our interactive courses and “accelerative learning” techniques make us the premier GRI-certified training partner in the United States. We utilize exercises designed for customized experiences and our courses are led by experienced practitioners who are experts on the GRI framework as well as other reporting standards.

Upcoming GRI Certified Training Courses

What makes ERM the Right Training Partner?

Meet ERM’s GRI Certified Training Team


GRI-Certified Standards Training Courses

ERM’s base offering is a comprehensive two-day GRI-certified Standards course addressing the business case for reporting, materiality, stakeholder engagement, metrics, data collection, goal setting, project planning, alignment with the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)/ Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)/ Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), assurance and more.

In addition, ERM offers shorter, customized courses, webinars and workshops covering a wide range of related topics from sustainability strategy to energy efficiency, integrated water management and non-technical risk.

2019 GRI-Certified Standards Training Dates and Locations

Seattle, WA
Date: 7-8 August 2019
Time: 8am to 5pm daily
Location: ERM Office - 1218 Third Avenue, Suite 1412 | Seattle, WA, 98101
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Chicago, IL
Date: 2-3 October 2019
Time: 8am to 5pm daily
Location: ERM Office - 200 South Wacker Drive | Suite 2575 | Chicago, IL, 60606
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Durham, NC - Duke University
December 2019
More details to come

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Please note that ERM offers customized trainings and workshops.  For more information, please contact [email protected].

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What makes ERM the Right Training Partner?

  • Our courses are led by experienced practitioners who do sustainability reporting and sustainability program development and implementation for a living and are experts on the GRI framework and standards.

  • We offer highly interactive courses, with many opportunities for student input and feedback. Our courses use “accelerative learning” techniques based on the latest research and are proven to be very effective with adult students.

  • We use exercises that are designed to create customized takeaways for each student, so they have tangible next steps to take back to their respective companies.

  • Our trainers are familiar with changing reporting standards, frameworks and expectations, including the Global Reporting Initiative; industry-specific guidelines, such as the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA)/American Petroleum Institute (API) guidelines for Oil and Gas Sustainability Reporting, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index; the Carbon Disclosure Project; the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board and others.

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Meet ERM’s GRI Certified Training Team

James Margolis
Partner at ERM recognized as an expert in corporate EHSS governance and management systems and focused on helping multinational companies obtain business value through improved EHSS management. 


Cora Lee Mooney
Partner at BrownFlynn, an ERM Group company, leading training programs on materiality, integrated reporting, the GRI Standards, EcoVadis, stakeholder engagement, and ESG investor engagement.


Sarah Corrigan
Principal Consultant at BrownFlynn, an ERM Group company, teaching practical approaches to reporting frameworks, materiality, and other topics of interest, as well as analysis of sustainability ratings and industry benchmarking.


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“Trainers were superb at encouraging discussion among participants, which increased understanding of various aspects of GRI”

“Exactly what I needed as I move into the GRI area at my workplace”

“The venue was very conducive to the learning environment. The class participants were a very good group with lots of thoughtful questions and discussion points. The trainers were very knowledgeable and approachable for questions.”

“The course run by ERM was excellent overall. The presenters were dynamic and the activities and exercises added a great deal to my comprehension of the material. The presenters also provide many additional resources which were discussed during the class and we spend a good amount of time in constant discussion with one another trying to understand each company’s different sustainability issues and reporting strategies.“

“The program instructor was excellent and very interactive. Good case studies and quality of participants also helped a lot in creating a great learning.”

“The instructors were fabulous! They kept the group engaged and the discussion lively”

“It was a great session and the instructors were very knowledgeable. I appreciated hearing not only their stories from real experience but also the stories of the participants.”

- GRI Training Course Attendees

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Register for a Training Course

To register for one of ERM's upcoming GRI-Certified Standards Training Course, please follow the link below.

11 - 12 June 2019
Washington, DC
This session is at capacity.

7 - 8 August 2019
Seattle, WA
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2-3 October 2019
Chicago, IL
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Please contact Jordan Snyder at [email protected] with any questions.

Who is reporting?

In 2017, thousands of organizations published sustainability reports, including 85% of the S&P 500 (up from 20% in 2011).

More companies are turning to GRI for guidance in the reporting process, with 75% of the G2501 companies and 63% of the N1002 companies following the GRI framework for their 2017 reports.

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