Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Retailers Sector

Sustainability - What Matters in the Retailers Sector?
Nov 28, 2014 11:00 AM ET

November 28, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Sustainability - What Matters in the Retailers Sector

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Retailers Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 40 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.

The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Retailers Sector are:

  1. Transport
  2. Customer Health and Safety
  3. Assessment
  4. Product and Service Labeling
  5. Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  6. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  7. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  8. Products and Services
  9. Energy
  10. Child Labor

Results:  The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:

The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:

Organizations included in the Retailers Sector study are:

Ahold, Areas, Best Buy, C&A Brazil, C&A Europe, Capital Shopping Centres Group, Carrefour Argentina, CARREFOUR Hellas, Consum, Coop, Delhaize Group, Falabella, Foschini, Grupo Auchan, Holdsport, Homeplus, ICA, Inditex, JD Group, John Lewis Partnership, Kathmandu, Kesko Corporation, Lotte Shopping, Marks & Spencer, Massmart, MEC, Metro, Migros, Staples, Stockmann, Target, The Kroger Company, Tiffany & Co, Truworths, United Rentals, Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart Brasil, Wal-Mart de México y Centroamérica, Woolworths Limited, Woolworths South Africa

About G&A Institute (
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (  The resulting "most important" to "least important" ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (

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