This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an independent body that has pioneered sustainability reporting from a niche practice to one now adopted by organizations around the world. Eight months into his new role, I spoke to the Chief Executive of GRI, Tim Mohin, about the growth of sustainability reporting, the importance of transparency, competition between reporting methods and his hopes for his own legacy.
"I was at a Ceres conference many years ago", began Tim Mohin, the recently appointed Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), as we sat down to discuss the organization that he now leads, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. "At their annual meeting, Ceres recognizes the very best corporate sustainability reports. In accepting the award, one of the representatives of the winning company asked the crowd just how many people had read their report. No one put their hand up. He then asked, how many people had read their own company reports. Almost all hands went up. And it was clear to me then that few will invest the time to read a CSR report unless it has a direct impact on them. In other words, reporting can be more of a mirror than a window and perhaps it is through self-reflection that we see the most change."
Mohin has had an extensive career in corporate sustainability, including as Director of Sustainable Development at Intel Corporation and, most recently, as Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility for AMD. He is also the founder of Apple's Supplier Responsibility Program, encompassing labor, environment, health and safety in their massive supply chain.
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