We are very lucky in the event industry to have produced for us an industry-specific set of performance indicators as part of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

In 2012 the Event Organizers’ Sector Supplement (EOSS) was launched. Industry experts and sector-relevant NGOs came together to produce this supplement.

The GRI produces guidelines which aim to help organisations prepare sustainability reports that matter, that contain valuable information about the organisation’s most critical sustainability-related issues, and to make such sustainability reporting standard practice.

The key to GRI reporting is the concept of ‘materiality’. This means reporting on what is important and relevant to the organisation and its stakeholders. It also includes the concepts of control or influence. The GRI recommends a sliding scale of sustainability reporting detail, depending on the level of control or significant influence an organisation has over the management of a certain issue. This means that sustainability reporting will focus on the issues critical to the organisation’s management of its impact on and contribution to society and the planet.

The GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines is now in its fourth edition. When the GRI EOSS was produced it was based on the GRI G3.1 version of the guidelines. The GRI has recently produced the newest iteration of the guidelines, ‘G4’. You can compare the versions here:

Download the G4.1 version of the GRI EOSS here:

Download the original EOSS here:

View the GRI G4.1 guidelines (without the sector supplement edits) here: