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GRI Standards Training: Sustainability Reporting for Organizations is a Course

GRI Standards Training: Sustainability Reporting for Organizations


$595 Enroll

Full course description




16 Hours






What you'll learn:

Participants in this GRI Standards Certified Training Online Course will become familiar with the GRI Standards, the first and most widely adopted global standards for sustainability reporting.

Using a combination of video lessons, interviews, case studies, and readings, the course will cover:

  • How sustainability reporting promotes organizational change
  • The GRI organization and its overlaps other standards and frameworks
  • Key terms, features, and structure of the GRI Standards
  • How to engage stakeholders inside and outside your organization
  • Material topics, impacts, boundaries, and targets
  • Preparing and communicating a sustainability report

Additional benefits include:

  • 100% online, self-paced training, providing instant access to course content
  • Interviews with current sustainability practitioners that bring the reporting concepts to life
  • Case Studies featuring U.S.-based organizations who report in accordance with GRI Standards
  • Review and test preparation aid available only through Arizona State University

What you'll receive:

If you complete this course, you will earn a Certificate of Completion from GRI. Our course is one requirement of GRI Certification and completes two out of four courses required before you qualify to take the optional GRI Professional Certification Exam. If you choose, the remaining 2 courses can be completed online via GRI Academy (note: these courses do cost more money to be paid directly to GRI Academy). All participants in our course will automatically receive a discount on the GRI Certification Exam if you choose to take the exam.

“… I completed the GRI training course and found it to be one of the best online courses I have ever taken. And I was able to pass the GRI test with a 90%, so thank you!”

-Joe Holman, ESG Administration LLC, New York, NY

Who this course is designed for:

For anybody who’s interested in this topic — whether you hope to be hired to build sustainability reports or you manage sustainability programs — GRI provides a shared language to discuss sustainability and influence behavior in an organization.


Enrollment is only available inside the U.S.

*ASU students and alumni are eligible for significant discounts.

Please email for more information. Visit our website to learn more about other sustainability training opportunities and how we can work with you to advance your organization’s unique goals.

Course revised summer 2021


Meet the instructors

Rajesh Buch

Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Director, Sustainability Practice, ASU International Development

Instructor, School of Sustainability

Raj drives ASU’s efforts to provide solutions to the complex sustainability challenges facing the developing world by linking ASU’s world-class researchers to international development funding agencies, and by fostering partnerships with NGOs, the public and private sectors, and foundations. He was instrumental in collaboratively building a hybrid, university-based sustainability solutions consulting practice at ASU, with applied research and solutions development work including developing systemic circular economy solutions at local and regional scales, building collaborative networks to advance circular economy, and building circular economy curricula for professional and academic classes and workshops.

Ryan M. Johnson

Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Executive Director, Executive and Professional Education, School of Sustainability

Instructor, School of Sustainability

Ryan Johnson is the executive director of professional sustainability education and training in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University – the first degree-granting school of sustainability in the U.S. In this role, Ryan helps organizations and individuals meet their sustainability goals through custom training programs, open-enrollment (non-degree) programs and partnerships.

Prior to joining ASU, Ryan spent more than a decade at Arizona-based WorldatWork, an organization that delivers HR certifications and trainings to professionals worldwide. His last position at WorldatWork was Vice President and Executive Editor. Earlier in his career, Ryan was a client-facing consultant with both the Institute for Strategy Development (ISD) in Washington DC, and with Creative Healthcare Solutions (CHS), of Columbus, Ohio. In the early 1990s, Ryan completed a graduate degree at ASU and subsequently spent seven years at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Ryan began his career on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business.