The transition to the GRI Reporting Standards

Sustainability Knowledge group organizes the 17th meetup that will discuss the transition from the GRIG4 Guidelines to the GRI Standards, which aspires to be the 1st global standard for sustainability reporting!

What are the changes in the GRI framework?
How are these changes going to affect the way organisations report?
How should companies manage the transition phase to the GRI Standards?
What does this change mean for the future of Sustainability reporting?

The GRI Standards will:

  • Have a new simple and modular structure based on GRIG4
  • Have clearer requirements, recommendations and guidance for reporters
  • Include additional clarifications on concepts and GRIG4 disclosures
  • Be more flexible and simpler to use
  • Result in some restructuring of GRIG4 content

GRI is currently adopted by thousands of organizations in more than 90 countries around the world. The new structure has 3 universal Standards (Foundation-GRI101, General Disclosures-GRI102 and Management Approach-GRI103), applicable to all organizations. The Universal standards guide organisations to report contextual information and disclose the management approach of each material topic. In addition, a selection of 33 topic-specific Standards cover specific economic (GRI200), environmental (GRI300), and social (GRI400) topics. Organisations will select from these topics to report specific disclosures for each material topic.

At the second part of this meeting members will discuss the newly created UAE local Chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the only professional body for Sustainability Professionals in the region.

What the UAE local chapter is, exactly, and what it entails aren’t explained clearly. The bolded bit also requires edits.

Guest speaker: Aglaia Ntili
Aglaia is the Managing Director of Sustainability Knowledge Group, providing Sustainability and CSR advisory and training services at international corporate level. She is also the founder of CSR Coaching, supporting professionals in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. Aglaia has made important contributions as practitioner, trainer, coach and advisor.

Aglaia will present the newly formed UAE local Chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the only professional body for Sustainability Professionals in the region. The UAE Chapter was formed from the CSR & Sustainability meetup and will now expand further to cater the needs of Sustainability professionals and advocates

Where:Holiday Inn, Al Barsha, Dubai
When: Sunday, November 13th @6:00pm

To join this meetup please visit:

For information contact: Sustainability Knowledge Group
Aglaia Ntili,, Tel: +971 55323 1190

Host: Holiday Inn, Al Barsha:
‘’Set in the heart of New Dubai, Holiday Inn Dubai – Al Barsha is a perfect blend of contemporary design and classic elegance. The hotel has 309 rooms including 54 suites. Each room is equipped with the latest facilities, tastefully decorated to meet every guest’s needs and comfort. Business houses have access to a wide variety of conference venues equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Completing the Holiday Inn experience are the award winning restaurants “The Royal Budha” (Thai), “Gharana” (Indian) and “Xennya Terrace” (Rooftop Terrace) as well as bars, banquet facilities and impeccable service.’’

About CSR & Sustainability Meetup Dubai:
CSR and Sustainability Meetup Dubai is the 1st meetup in the region to unite all CSR and Sustainability professionals. Our aim is to network, exchange knowledge and expertise, generate new thinking on what best practice sustainability might look like, both in theory and in practice, incorporating social, financial, environmental aspects. Our events are open for everyone to attend.

The CSR & Sustainability Meetup is sponsored by Sustainability Knowledge Group:
Sustainability Knowledge Group is a global advisory firm dedicated in creating value for businesses through strategic CSR and Sustainability solutions. We provide certified training, coaching and tailor-made advisory solutions grounded in international theory and successful application. Our Vision is to make Sustainable Business a Choice for companies and organizations around the world.

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