St. Louis Hosts Prelude to Global Reporting Initiative’s G4 on Aug. 22

Standing Partnership, in partnership with Global Reporting Initiative‘s Focal Point USA and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, is honored to continue the regional conversation about the importance of sustainability reporting.

Specifically, the fourth generation of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) sustainability reporting framework is under development. Now is the time to comment on sustainability reporting requirements that will be required by foreign stock exchanges and organizations around the world. 

On Aug. 22, St. Louis-area communicators, analysts and sustainability professionals are invited to a complimentary webinar and discussion on the G4: the next set of evolving global sustainability guidelines. Better yet, we’ll have the opportunity to provide feedback directly to the GRI staff!

Event information follows; we’d love to field some of your comments and questions in advance.


August 22, 2012 – 9 a.m. to noon

St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association

One Metropolitan Square – Suite 1300

St. Louis, MO 63102

 This free workshop will feature a live webinar with Mike Wallace, Director, GRI Focal Point USA, speaking from the Burns and McDonnell’s Kansas City office to explain the newly proposed G4 guidelines.  Following the webinar, sustainability practitioners from Standing Partnership will facilitate a roundtable discussion and will collect feedback on the draft G4 guidelines. These comments will be shared with the Global Reporting Initiative staff.


  • 9 a.m. – Networking, coffee, tea, pastries
  • 9:30 a.m. – Welcome by Burns and McDonnell (webinar)
  • 9:40 a.m. – GRI Overview by Mike Wallace (webinar)
  • 10 a.m. – Walk through G4 guidelines and process (webinar)
  • 11 a.m. to noon – Roundtable discussion
  • Noon – Adjourn


 There is no cost to attend, but registration is required to Eric Schneider at

Written by Standing Partnership

  • Maggie Brandt

    Thanks for sharing, Christi! How exciting to hear that St. Louis will be gathering feedback that could shape the final G4 guidelines. What do you anticipate will be the greatest benefit/drawback of G4?

  • Christi

    GRI is hoping for increased clarity and user-friendly language in order to encourage reporting.  There’s also a more intentional focus on ‘materiality’—that organizations are including what’s really important to stakeholders.

    The biggest proposed changes are in the areas of application level changes, governance (more detail on executive compensation), supply chain (how sustainable your vendors/suppliers are and procurement practices), disclosures on management approach and boundary. 

    Other changes will cover greenhouse gas emissions and anti-corruption.