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GRI Standards Exam – Things to consider

GRI G4 Exam
GRI Standards Exam

Last week I received an email inquiring about my experience with the GRI Standards Exam. This reminded me that several years have passed since I wrote about my experience with the GRI G4 Exam.

Definitely time for an update!

Things to consider about the GRI Standards Exam

Although completing the GRI Certified Standards Course is not a prerequisite, GRI recommends that exam candidates take the course. I agree because I have experience taking the GRI Standards Exam and am a trainer with the ISOSGroup that delivers GRI’s Certified Training. I know how the course can help you to understand the standards and to apply them. If you have taken the course, GRI gives a 20% discount off the exam fee.

After completing the course, you should study for the exam by reading the standards carefully and taking notes. Understanding how to apply the standards is important. I studied, and it paid off.

Once you register for the exam, you will be given access to sample questions. This helps to understand the format and type of questions to expect.

GRI’s Online Learning Platform administers the exam. This allows the convenience of taking the exam from any location with Internet access. You need a webcam and microphone because you will be recorded while taking the exam. If you have not used a similar test platform, you definitely will want to understand the setup details before hand. This involves making sure that your equipment is compatible with the platform and you are comfortable with the instructions.

You have 60 minutes to answer 40 questions. During the exam you have access to a non-searchable pdf of the consolidated set of standards. Don’t waste much time scrolling through the pdf document looking for answers. As with any timed exam, you need to pace yourself.

Once you pass the exam, your name will be listed with the other successful exam candidates’ names on the GRI website.

Good luck!!

 

 

 

 

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ISOS Group November 2018 Newsletter

Take a look at the ISOS Group November 2018 Newsletter.

ISOS Group Team members
ISOS Group Team Members

Highlights include:

“Enact Sustainability Strategies, based in Sweden and The Netherlands, teams up with ISOS Group to expand its IIRC approved integrated reporting trainings in the United States and Kenya.”

“Approved by the IIRC, both one- and two-day trainings will be offered. To celebrate the partnership, representatives of both firms will ignite the U.S. market by co-delivering a training in New York City the first quarter of 2019.”

I will be involved in the Integrated Reporting training.

  • Upcoming ISOS Group trainings:

CDP Climate Change Investor Survey, UN Sustainable Development Goals, and GRI Standards

I will be one of the trainers for December 4-7, 2018 in San Diego. Hope you can join us.

  • My post in the newsletter:

Why Your Sustainability Report Needs Third-Party Assurance

You can find more information about sustainability reporting assurance in one of my prior posts.

Hope you find the information interesting and useful!

 

 

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ISOSGroup GRI Standards Training in Seattle and Chicago

This past month I have been busy delivering ISOSGroup GRI Standards Training in Seattle and Chicago.

Linda Glasier, an excellent trainer, and I delivered a course on GRI Standards at the Recology Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Seattle. The participants represented companies in the recycling, mining, cruise ship, oil extraction, and public transit sectors. Their engagement in the training and discussion from their diverse experiences resulted in rewarding sessions for all. You may recall from a prior post, I wrote about being hosted by Recology at their headquarters in San Francisco.

At the Recology MRF, we toured the Seattle facility where paper, plastic, and metals are separated to be recycled. The facility is quite impressive.

Recology
Recology MRF

 

Recology MRF
Recology MRF Sorting Process

In Chicago, Burson Marsteller hosted the GRI Standards training at their office in the Merchandise Mart. At this session, participants represented consulting, nonprofit, mining, and technology organizations. Because of their engagement and great questions, we had thorough discussions about the application the GRI Standards! As you can see from the picture below, we had a great view.

Chicago
View of Chicago street from Merchandise Mart

 

I enjoy all these trainings and hope that you can join in future events. If you need to learn about GRI Standards, CDP, or SDGs, the ISOSGroup offers courses in San Diego December 3-7, 2018. Take a look at the schedule to see what fits your needs.

 

 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Poster
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GRI Standards and Sustainable Development Goals Alignment Trainings

GRI Logo, 2015

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 1-17
SWR supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

If you are using the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, you may want to include Sustainable Development Goals in your reporting. How can you align the two frameworks? There are new trainings being offered by ISOS Group to help you do that.

Sustainable Development Goals Module: This workshop is designed to support the alignment between GRI Guidelines and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since many organizations have yet to set targets for minimizing impacts to the international agreements on greenhouse gasses and beyond, using the SDGs can be a great way to cast a net toward larger objectives and develop actionable strategies for implementation. Instructors will work to demonstrate actionable steps that can be taken to institute specific SDGs. Upon course completion, participants will receive a certificate directly from GRI.

Hope to see you at a training soon!

 

 

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GRI Sustainability Reporting Training

Buckingham Fountain with Chicago Skyline.
Buckingham Fountain with Chicago Skyline. Photo by Michael White

It was a great training with the ISOS Group in Chicago, August 17-18. The training was interactive and provided insights from the trainers and the participants who were from the transportation sector, NGOs, and consultancy firms. If you missed this opportunity, there are more coming. Two new offerings  include a GRI Practitioners Specialty Module and Transition from GRI G4 to GRI Standards. Take a look at the upcoming schedule for San Francisco, New York City, and Boulder, Colorado. Hope to see you there!