GRI Academy courses

See below for details on the current courses that are available online through the new GRI Academy.

Training through the GRI Academy enables sustainability professionals to maintain, upskill and appraise their learning and be recognized for their knowledge of sustainability reporting through the GRI Standards.

Additional content will be launched on the Academy soon, building up a full sustainability curriculum that offers globally applicable professional development.

Introduction to sustainability reporting and the GRI Standards

This training is open to those that are new to sustainability reporting or seeking to broaden their understanding of the subject.

In four modules, inclusive of practical self-assessment, the course covers:

  • How to define sustainability through a holistic and multi-dimensional approach;
  • Defining sustainability challenges and explaining how reporting contributes to sustainable development;
  • The key elements of a sustainability report and the value and benefits of disclosure;
  • Understanding the concepts, features and structure of the GRI Standards.

Professional Certification Program courses

The Professional Certification Program includes five courses, covering the fundamentals of GRI reporting. In addition to the introductory training outlined above, the other courses covered by the program are all available through the GRI Academy:


This is a self-paced two-and-a-half hour course designed for professionals engaged in tax-related issues and reporting. Comprised of eight parts, this course enables participants to: 

  • Gain a deeper understanding of tax-related impacts and global trends in tax disclosure and transparency 
  • Understand how to use GRI 207: Tax 2019 and how it relates to other reporting aspects, such as the Sustainable Development Goals 
  • Interpret and implement GRI tax disclosures


Occupational Health & Safety

This course is for reporters that wish to enhance their knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) based on the GRI Standards. Comprised of 9 parts, this course facilitates the following learning objectives:

  • Identify the latest trends in OHS and reporting
  • Comprehending the key features of GRI 403:  Occupational Health and Safety 2018 by understanding the key concepts and requirements of both the management approach disclosures and the topic-specific disclosures 
  • Proficiency in using the Standard
  • Insights on what to consider, related to the COVID-19 pandemic, when collecting information for the management approach disclosures with the OHS Standard


This self-paced two-hour course is for professionals engaged or interested in learning more about waste management and reporting. Comprised of eight parts, with a combination of theoretical insights and practical examples, this course enables participants to: 

  • Understand what global trends informed the development of GRI 306: Waste 2020
  • Identify leading practices in waste management
  • Interpret and implement the Standard's disclosures
  • Adapt current reporting practice to the new requirements listed in the Standard

Content Index Tutorial

This is a one-hour online tutorial on how to build a content index for your GRI sustainability report, which facilitates the following learning objectives:

  • Understand what the GRI content index is and its function
  • Understand the work of GRI and the GRI Standards
  • Identify the main elements to be included in each GRI content index
  • Understand how reporting in accordance can be reflected in the index
  • Follow best practice when building your own index
  • Get ready to use the GRI Content Index Tool

Locally delivered training

Our global network of GRI Certified Training Partners provide courses in many countries, provided in local languages. Find out about the training available near you.

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