The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has joined the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as an Organizational Stakeholder (OS), becoming a member of GRI's global network of organizations and companies that are committed to transparency, accountability and sustainable development.
GRI is a network-based organization that produces a consensus-based, globally used sustainability Reporting Framework, allowing users to produce transparent, fully disclosed reports on environmental, social and governance performance.
Working with the United Nations, governments and many prominent companies, GRI is the world's most widely used corporate social responsibility reporting mechanism.
"Building performance metrics and reporting is crucial to our movement," said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, USGBC.
"Data collection and reporting allows us to optimize the performance of our buildings in a transparent and teachable way.
By working with GRI, USGBC can remain on the front lines of performance reporting technology, and offer state-of-the-art tools and procedures to our green building community."
The GRI OS program broadens participation around transparency in sustainability, providing legitimacy to the process of reporting on triple bottom line efforts. As an Organizational Stakeholder, USGBC will contribute to the continual improvement and help shape the parameters of GRI's Reporting Framework.