ERM has been approved as a certified training partner for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The certification means that ERM can now provide training to organizations in the United States on the best way in which to report their performance in relation to sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The GRI organization publishes the highly respected and commonly followed guideline for sustainability/CSR reporting. A not-for-profit organization, it promotes transparent disclosure regarding economic, environmental and social sustainability performance. Its sustainability reporting has been developed through a global, multi-stakeholder process.
ERM is one of only three firms approved as GRI-certified training partners in the US, where between 2009-2010 there was a 30% increase in the number of companies that reported in accordance with the GRI Guidelines, with another 46% increase between 2010 and 2011. One of ERM’s differentiators is that its training will be led by people who do sustainability reporting for a living. They are experts on the GRI framework and guidelines and who have also conducted report assurance and assisted with sustainability strategy development and implementation for companies across a full range of industry sectors. As a result, ERM’s GRI training will provide useful, real-life examples and facilitators can respond to questions based on direct experience with major companies.
Course lead and ERM Partner James Margolis said: “In becoming a GRI Certified Training Partner we are able to share our significant practical experience and technical expertise with course participants and, by using adult learning techniques and providing lots of tools, maximize the value of our training courses.
“These courses will not only help companies with reporting, but also in building internal capability for managing sustainability overall. This will include areas such as data management and associated information technology solutions, risk and opportunity assessment, strategy development, metrics and goal-setting, internal and external stakeholder engagement. In addition to the basic two-day course, ERM is also offering a range of shorter and customized workshops, webinars and courses that address individual client needs.”
Corporate sustainability reporting is rapidly growing all over the world. In 2011 more than 2000 companies have published GRI reports, and by 2015 the GRI aims for all large- and medium-sized companies in OECD countries and larger emerging countries to be reporting publicly on their economic, environmental, social, and governance performance or explain why they do not.
ERM is offering a series of courses over the next few months in the following locations:
- Chicago, IL - September 12 – 13
- Palo Alto, CA - October 3 - 4
- Washington, DC - November 13 - 14
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