Are you unhappy with some corporate sustainability reports that you have seen lately?  Don’t be quick to put the blame on companies.  Customers, suppliers, and stakeholders have a role in making sure that the companies with which they do business are adopting fair labor practices and showing transparency in their operations—while mitigating their effects on the planet.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is currently inviting stakeholders to give feedback on its Construction and Real Estate Sector Supplement (CRESS), which closes in one week on June 30.  The survey can be accessed here.

CRESS is one of many GRI sector supplements that take into account the unique challenges that various industries face.  Currently GRI’s report database contains about 70 reports from the construction and real estate sector, or about 5% of the entire collection.  This particular supplement address issues including:

  • Building and materials certification
  • Management and remediation of contaminated land
  • Labor, health, and safety issues
  • Supply chain disclosure
  • CO2 emissions and water use resulting from construction projects and building use
  As the world’s population grows to what is projected to be 9 billion by mid-century, issues involving land use and the earth’s diminishing resources are crucial since all countries have to smart about the ways in which land is developed. But the reason why anyone vested in the construction or real estate industries should pay attention to the GRI guidelines is that I am convinced that GRI guidelines could become the new LEED. Why? LEED criticism festers for many reasons--but GRI maintains its integrity by staying objective: its funding is separate from the certification process.

To learn more about the GRI guidelines and its advocacy of streamlined sustainability reporting—and integrated reporting, I suggest signing up for its newsletter.

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.