GIZ reports regularly on its implementation of corporate sustainability. We base these reports on several national and international standards and frameworks: the Sustainability Reporting Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and the Sustainability Code.
Our Integrated Company Report not only covers GIZ's external services and provides financial information and key data; it also reports on our corporate responsibility and sustainability performance within the company. It shows where we have made progress, and where we can improve further. When designing the report we took into account the integrated reporting standards currently being discussed within the EU and in various initiatives.
This enables us to present GIZ's services and alongside key aspects of our corporate sustainability performance, as well as the challenges for sustainability, in a single reporting format.
Global Reporting Initiative
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a not-for-profit foundation that was established in 1997 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the non-profit organisation CERES.
GRI has developed an extensive set of Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, which are used worldwide. These lay down a set of principles and indicators for measuring economic, environmental and social performance, and the impacts of corporate actions.
GIZ began applying the reporting requirements of the latest generation of GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (GRI G4) in 2013.
As a company whose work in all areas is geared to international cooperation for sustainable development, GIZ is committed to the ten principles of the Global Compact (GC) on human rights, environment, labour and social standards, and anti-corruption. In its Communications on Progress on the Global Compact Principles, GIZ reports on how it is meeting its voluntary commitment through measures and activities.
GIZ’s Communications on Progress have been drawn up in line with the GC “Advanced Level” since 2012. This means that along with documenting progress they also describe other good practices of the company, for instance concerning our business activity in fragile countries and the transparency of our reporting.
The Sustainability Code
The Sustainability Code was adopted by the German Council for Sustainable Development in 2011. It is tied to international reporting standards, such as the GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines.
The Code encompasses twenty qualitative criteria in the four areas of strategy, process management, environment and society. These criteria are supplemented with industry-specific, quantitative performance indicators. In a Declaration of Conformity to the Code, companies declare the extent to which they are meeting the criteria.
In 2013 and 2014, GIZ submitted a Declaration of Conformity to the Sustainability Code, as well as disclosed its compliance with the criteria in the relevant corporate reports.