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The GRI Standards: Principles and Application

1 day training course on the new GRI Standards

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the most widely used sustainability reporting standard. This training will prepare participants to manage their sustainability reporting process using the GRI Standards and will introduce them to all the key elements of a solid sustainability report.

First-time reporters seeking to implement the GRI Standards and those transitioning from GRI G4 to the GRI Standards, will learn how to effectively utilise the Standards and develop sustainability Reports that are technically sound, meaningful, engaging, and create value for the company and the stakeholders alike.

This training is delivered in a highly interactive manner and includes presentations, small group discussions, practicing on examples of various reports, and using disclosures to familiarise with the GRI Standards.


Who should attend
  • CSO’s
  • Sustainability, CSR professionals
  • Quality, Health Safety and Environment managers
  • Public Relations, Corporate Communications managers
  • HR/ Training professionals
  • Supply Chain, Operation managers
  • Environment executives
  • Financial officers
  • Representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Community relations, engagement and development officers
  • Stakeholder engagement practitioners
Aim and objectives

The aim of this training is to support participants to:

  • develop a process for reporting
  • gain an understanding of the structure and requirements of the new GRI Standards
  • develop an insight into how the organisation can disclosure its approach on material topics
  • understand the requirements to disclosure economic, environmental, and social impacts
  • practice on examples from various organizations on the disclosure of sustainability information
  • develop the skills required to develop meaningful reports based on the GRI Standards
  • learn how to prioritise content via materiality
Global Recognition by the CPD Standards Office

The CPD Standards Office raises training standards by accrediting high-quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provision.

Following your successful participation, you will receive the “The GRI Standards: Principles and Application” Certificate which is recognised by The CPD Standards Office. Your CPD Standards Office Certificate verifies 7 CPD hours, confirming your achievement.

Sustainability Knowledge Group is an approved training provider by The Institute of Leadership and the CPD Standards Office.

Key Topics include
  • Sustainability reporting essentials
  • Structure of the GRI Standards
  • The process of reporting – steps for GRI Standards reporting
  • Double materiality process
  • International frameworks and standards
  • Communicating results
Take outs of the course include how to
  • Manage the reporting process internally
  • Identify and prioritise your Stakeholders
  • Identify material Topics and their Boundaries (internal and/or external to your organisation)
  • Select and prepare the information to be disclosed in the final report
  • Communicate your sustainability report
Course leader

Aglaia Ntili is a seasoned sustainability professional, with over 17 years of international advisory and training experience across a wide range of corporate sustainability and responsibility fields.

She is recognised with the Global CSR & Sustainability Leadership Award for her contributions as a practitioner, trainer, coach, and advisor.

Aglaia serves as the Managing Director of Sustainability Knowledge Group, providing Sustainability and CSR advisory and training services at international corporate level. Aglaia is the founder of CSR Coaching, supporting professionals in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, and the founder of the CSR & Sustainability meetup, the 1st and only open platform to support active learning and knowledge sharing on CSR and Sustainability in the UAE. She is also the Chair of the UAE chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), currently the only professional body for Sustainability professionals in the region.

Training Methodology

We firmly believe that a friendly, supportive, and engaging learning environment is key to building long-lasting knowledge and maximizing retention. To support this belief, we built this course around a dynamic mixture of lectures, practical exercises, best practice case studies and group discussions. Our method builds not only knowledge, but a confidence in discussing and applying Sustainability, ESG and CSR topics and the platform for exchanging ideas and building valuable connections. 

GRI Community

We are a member of the GRI Community and support the mission of GRI to empower decision makers everywhere, through GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards and its multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

GRI Community


Thank you! It was very helpful and useful. I personally learned a lot.

T.H., Project Coordination for the SDGs Council, UN Global Compact Network Lebanon

What did you like most about this training?

  • Structure

  • Clarity

  • Questions were answered

R.H., Head of CSR, BLF

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