The Global Reporting Initiative has launched the Content Index Service, a new service to help improve the usability and transparency of reported data in G4 reports, and updated the names of its Application Level Check and Materiality Matters Check services.
The Content Index Service is GRI’s most detailed service for G4-based reports, and includes all of the disclosures in the GRI G4 Content Index. The Service verifies that the GRI Content Index is accurate and this helps improve the transparency and usability of GRI reports.
In addition, what was formerly known as the Application Level Check is now the GRI Application Level Service, and the “Materiality Matters” check has been renamed to the GRI Materiality Disclosures Service. The methodologies and provision of these services remain the same.
The GRI Application Level Service is available for reports based on the G3 and G3.1 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. It confirms that the report contains the required set and number of disclosures to meet the reporting organization’s self-declared Application Level.
The GRI Materiality Disclosures Service continues to be available for reports based on the G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
The G4 Guidelines have an increased emphasis on the need for organizations to focus – in the reporting process and final report – on those topics that are material to their business and their key stakeholders.
GRI is also offering a new handbook that introduces the GRI Sustainability Reporting Process for all G4 reporters. The publication provides a step by step approach to the five-phase sustainability reporting process and is based on the G4 Guidelines.