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GRI Certified Training Courses

Sustainability Services

As a certified training partner by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Deloitte offers Certified Training Courses in the United States focusing on the recently published GRI Standards, which were released in October 2016.

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Upcoming training courses

Our certified training courses are led by experienced practitioners, including those directly involved in the creation of the GRI Standards.

Meet the trainers: Michelle Bachir, Jenny Lynch, Mark Mellen, and Anna Nefedova.

Event details:

Date and location
April 15-16, 2019
Manhattan Beach, California

Course content

The content of our courses builds on material approved by the GRI, focusing on the GRI Standards, with additional technical details developed by our experienced team.

Focus of our course:
  • Introduction to GRI
  • GRI Standards deep dive and changes from G4
  • Planning the sustainability reporting process
  • Stakeholder engagement and dialog
  • Materiality assessment
  • Building a report that meets stakeholder and management expectations
  • Assurance and communication
Changes from G4:

The GRI Standards are structured based on the ‘G4 Guidelines’ and ‘Implementation Manual’, with the following main changes:

  • A new set of modular and interrelated GRI Standards
  • Clear distinction between reporting requirements, recommendations, and guidance
  • Clarification of commonly misunderstood elements of G4
  • G4 Guidelines and G4 Implementation Manual are combined to form one set of GRI Standards

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Target audience

Our training courses are targeted to:
  • Organizations seeking a better understanding of the value of the GRI Standards in managing a sustainability strategy
  • Entities that are new or already immersed in sustainability reporting, and interested in obtaining an in-depth knowledge of the GRI Standards
  • Entities seeking to understand the differences between GRI Standards and the previously used G4 Guidelines to appropriately consider the impact this may have on sustainability reporting

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Registration fees



Early bird*

General attendee



Government and non-profit



Students and academia



*Register and pay three weeks prior to the event date

Cancellation policy:
  • Cancellations made two weeks prior to the event date are fully refundable.
  • Cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the event date receive a partial refund of the registration fee minus $300 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made less than five business days prior to the event are not eligible for a refund.

If you would like to know more about the GRI Standards, our course offerings, or are interested in a specific location for future training, please reach out to our Sustainability Reporting Team at

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​The GRI, a non-profit organization based in Amsterdam, developed sustainability reporting guidelines that are used to measure and report economic, environmental, social, and governance performance. The GRI guidelines offer the world’s leading framework for sustainability reporting. Thousands of organizations of different sizes and sectors use GRI’s guidelines in order to understand and communicate their sustainability performance.

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