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2014 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Introduction

The Department of Ecology encourages organizations across the state to lead the way in sustainable operations. Ecology is mandated to ask businesses to prepare pollution prevention plans, set goals, measure their successes and report their progress on a regular basis. By transparently modeling sustainable behavior, we can help other organizations learn from our experiences.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a nonprofit that has introduced standardized language and metrics across the globe for sustainability reporting. GRI reports are published to the Web and are submitted there for review and transparent reporting. GRI is a framework that can be used by any organization in Washington.

There is a strong sense that in order to be an environmental leader in Washington State, “to walk our talk” so to speak, that we help to lead the way and do what we are asking others to do. By transparently modeling sustainable behavior, we can help other organizations learn from our experiences. The completion of the Department of Ecology’s second Global Reporting Initiative report in 2014 represents another crucial step forward in our work. We hope that you find it informative.

Our state has a long history of protecting its environment and quality of life. Governor Dan Evans called a special session of the Legislature to establish the Department of Ecology in 1970. It was the first agency of its kind in the United States, even preceding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In establishing a modern environmental agency from many parts, the Legislature declared that "it is a fundamental and inalienable right of the people of the state of Washington to live in a healthful and pleasant environment and to benefit from the proper development and use of its natural resources".


Sustainability reporting is a process for publicly disclosing an organization’s economic, environmental, and social performance... documenting their contributions towards a sustainable society.