Green Electronics Council Announces EPEAT Guidance for Sustainability Reporting to GRI Standards
The GEC and GRI collaboration results in guidance on using purchases of EPEAT IT products in GRI reporting.
PORTLAND, OR – September 13, 2017 – The Green Electronics Council (GEC), in collaboration with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), released guidance today which details how purchases of EPEAT registered IT products can be included as part of GRI disclosures.
GEC is a mission-driven non-profit known for our management of EPEAT, the leading global ecolabel for Information Technology products worldwide. GRI is a globally recognized and independent organization that facilitates corporate sustainability reporting for thousands of organizations in 90 countries. Working in concert, GEC and GRI developed guidance so that organizations who disclose to GRI can gain credit for their decision to purchase sustainable IT products.
“GEC is committed to its vision of a world in which only sustainable ICT products are designed, produced, and purchased,” said Nancy Gillis, Chief Executive Officer, GEC. “By deciding to buy EPEAT registered IT products, organizations are reducing their GHG emissions, material waste, use of toxic substances and recognizing other sustainability benefits, all while also saving money. Capturing EPEAT spend as part of GRI reporting allows companies to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and their role as a sustainability leader.”
The globally-adopted GRI Standards facilitate corporate reporting on topics such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use, and labor practices. GRI Standards provide companies with a common language for disclosing their impacts on the economy, the environment, and society. “This new guidance lays out how companies can reference EPEAT in their GRI reporting,” said Tim Mohin, Chief Executive of GRI. “Thanks to the work done by the Green Electronics Council, which manages EPEAT, our global environment has been spared countless tons of greenhouse gases and hazardous waste.”
This guidance, available for free on the EPEAT website, addresses ways EPEAT can be referenced in GRI Management Approaches, and corresponds to disclosures in GRI 301: Materials, GRI 302: Energy and GRI 305: Emissions.
GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters. Currently, 40 countries and regions reference GRI in their policies. GRI is built upon a unique multi-stakeholder principle, which ensures the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of its standards. GRI’s mission is to empower decision-makers everywhere, through its standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world. Learn more at www.globalreporting.org