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Validation of Sustainability Reports according to GRI


Organizations are increasingly interested not only to inform on their economic success, which is mostly presented in the business report, but also on soft facts.

  • Soft facts reported in an Environmental Report provide information on the organization’s environmental performance, which can be published with or without economic data.
  • Soft facts reported in a Sustainability Report provide information on the organization’s social behaviour in its closer work environment, such as the relationship with its suppliers, customers and employees or the way it deals with human rights or minorities. This information will be combined with presentation of the organization’s environmental performance and economic performance.

Many ecological and social achievements of an organization are often a matter of course for top management while they are not known to the large public.

Environmental and Sustainability Reports give you the opportunity of convincingly presenting these achievements just as well.

  • credible and traceable communication of the organizations’ sustainable performance
  • employee motivation
  • boosting the image in the public
  • improving the sustainability process in the organization

Basically any organization – company, administrative body or NGO – can write a Sustainability Report and have it validated, independently from the company size, sector, etc.

The existence of a management system acc. to ISO 9001 and/or ISO 14001 or acc. to the EMAS Regulation is advantageous.

Environmental Statements acc. to the EMAS Regulation, business reports or knowledge balances can be integrated in the Sustainability Report.

There are no compulsory normative requirements placed on the contents of the reports. Therefore, we recommend to use as a basis the internationally recognized guideline "Sustainability Reporting Guidelines" of the Global Reporting Initiative in the currently valid versions of G3, G3.1, G4.

Important criteria are relevance, completeness and integrity, truth and understandability of the contents of the report, data and indicators.

Steps towards validation
The range of services provided by Quality Austria includes:

  • carrying out a preliminary talk
  • review of the draft report
  • validation and plausibility check on-site
  • issuing a Test Certificate, which will be printed in the report

ISO 9001, EMAS, ISO 14001, SA 8000, OHSAS 18001, ISO 26000, ONR 192500, SR 10


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Ms. Elisabeth Zinnegger

Network partner, Product Expert GRI Sustainability Reports