Stockholm (NordSIP) – The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launched the GRI Academy, a new training portal to improve access to high-quality learning opportunities for people working in sustainability and sustainable development roles.
The GRI Academy is a global online platform that offers courses and tutorials on how organisations can communicate their impacts on the economy, environment and society through the GRI Standards. The GRI Academy updates and replaces the GRI Standards Exam, which has now been discontinued.
Training through the GRI Academy will allow sustainability professionals to maintain, upskill and appraise their learning and be recognised for their knowledge of sustainability reporting through the GRI Standards.
“At GRI, we are fully committed to providing the tools and resources that help organisations use sustainability reporting to improve business practices and contribute towards sustainable development. The GRI Academy will equip sustainability professionals with relevant and practical insights on how to use the GRI Standards to support these aims,” Shivani Rajpal, GRI Director of Training and Services, said. “With user-friendly and accessible content, delivered online and though our Certified Training Partners, people from around the world can keep up to speed with global best practice in sustainability reporting. We are highly ambitious for the GRI Academy and look forward to growing the platform further over the months to come.”
The GRI Academy provides an introductory course – Introduction to sustainability reporting and the GRI Standards. This training is open to those that are new to sustainability reporting or seeking to broaden their understanding of the subject.
The course is organised into four modules, including practical self-assessment, the course covers. The first module covers how to define sustainability through a holistic and multi-dimensional approach. Next, students are taken through the main sustainability challenges and how reporting contributes to sustainable development. The third module covers critical elements of a sustainability report and the value and benefits of disclosure. Lastly, the course also covers the concepts, features and structure of the GRI Standards.
Additional content will be launched on the GRI Academy in the second half of 2020. It will be available together with GRI’s network of Certified Training Partners and include a certification exam.