Whether you are an existing GRI reporter or starting your reporting journey for the first time, training is available through our global network of Certified Training Partners (CTPs). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many CTPs are offering courses remotely. Please, contact your local training partner to register your interest.
We work with experienced training organizations from around the world to provide you with excellent training opportunities. We select and certify training partner organizations to deliver insights on sustainability issues in your region. All of our training partners complete a comprehensive certification process and are given an annual license to become a Global Training Partner or a Regional Training Partner.
Global Training Partners deliver GRI certified training and licensed courses in all countries of the world (all regions). You can find our Global Training Partners by using the link above and typing "global’’ in the search field.
Regional Training Partners deliver GRI certified training and licensed courses in specific regions. To find a Regional Training Partner, please review the regions listed in the link above and type the name of the region you want to look for in the search field.
Flagship course conducted by all GRI's Certified Training Partners:
GRI Certified Standards training course - Reporting with GRI Standards 2021 Update: learn how to use the GRI Standards for the sustainability reporting process and gain insights on how to facilitate their use within your organization, delivered in your local language.
Duration: around a day and a half
Courses that can be licensed by CTPs:
Licensed course - Reporting on human rights with GRI Standards 2021 Update: learn about the relevance of human rights and human rights transparency to business and get a better understanding of the related disclosures in the GRI Standards and their application through practical exercises and case studies, all the while getting to grips with the current regulatory framework and latest trends.
Duration: 3.5 hrs
Licensed course - Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into Sustainability Reporting: learn about the business case for engaging with the SDGs, understand the role of sustainability reporting in enabling sustainable development and discover current trends, challenges and opportunities on reporting on the SDGs
Duration: 3 hrs
Licensed course* - Sustainability Reporting Process: learn about the most common activities, tasks and challenges related to preparing a sustainability report and understand the benefits of reporting with the GRI Standards
Duration: 3 hrs
Access the Certified Training Partners course calendar for more details.
As a GRI training partner, you will join a carefully selected group of training organizations around the world dedicated to empowering people to use the GRI Standards and support a more sustainable world. Please note all CTPs must be members of the GRI Community.
Benefits of becoming a Certified Training Partner:
GRI’s assessment of application for new CTPs is based on the following criteria:
CTP application process
The current CTP Program has run for more than 10 years, and was recently revised by GRI. Led by the feedback from our current partners and the experience gained, the updated program has been launched on 1 October 2021.
To apply, please complete an application form and submit it to the Training and Certification Team. Once reviewed and accepted, a Training Program and License Agreement (TLA) will be signed by both parties.
The certification process will be done in English and the course content provided will be the GRI Certified Training course – Reporting with the GRI Standards 2021 Update.
The above-mentioned certified training course consists of both GRI-developed and partner-developed content. Once the partner’s content has been reviewed and approved, GRI will consolidate all materials into a Certified Training Material Pack of the GRI Certified Training course – Reporting with the GRI Standards 2021 Update.
Once an organization becomes a fully Certified Training Partner, they are licensed to offer GRI Certified Training in their specified region or, should they choose a global membership, the world (for detailed description of each region, please check the Pricing Policy document). The certification is valid for 12 months.
Three months before the end of the license period, the training partner will undergo an evaluation based on the number of courses held during the previous year and the outcome of a quality control assessment. The renewal is automated, provided that the above requirement has been met, and the annual license fee for the next period has been paid.
There is a one-time application fee of €500, to be paid to GRI before the application can be processed. Further details are set out in our Pricing Policy.
Once the TLA is signed, a certification fee will be issued to kick-off the certification process. The fee includes certification of the training materials in English and complimentary access to two out of four mandatory GRI Academy courses for all nominated trainers, authorized to conduct the GRI courses.
CTPs can nominate as many trainers as they wish on the condition that they complete the current (2021) GRI Professional Certification Program before they start teaching.
Before the new CTP can begin offering GRI training courses, the annual license fee has to be paid, based on the partner’s annual revenue - further details can be found in the Pricing Policy. Additionally, a new partner is required to become a member of the GRI Community, which also comes with a membership fee.