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Launch of the updated Universal Standards
On 5 October, we will unveil a major update to the GRI Standards, including launching our first Sector Standard, which will strengthen the very foundations of all reporting through GRI. The updated Universal Standards will enable the highest level of transparency for organizational impacts on the economy, environment, and people. More guidance for determining material topics and greater clarity on the reporting principles, requirements and structure will ensure GRI reporting is more globally consistent and comparable than ever before.

The updated Universal Standards will mean GRI provides the first and only comprehensive global reporting standards that fully reflect the due diligence expectations for sustainability impacts - including those on human rights as set out in authoritative intergovernmental instruments by the UN and OECD. They will also help any company respond to emerging regulatory changes and growing stakeholder demands for sustainability disclosure, including expectations related to double materiality.

Join us for the launch of the updated Universal Standards!

3:00pm Welcome - Judy Kuszewski, Chair, Global Sustainability Standards Board / Chief Executive, Sancroft
3:05pm Introduction to the updated Universal Standards - Bastian Buck, Chief of Standards, GRI
3:15pm Keynote speech - Dante Pesce, Member, United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights / Executive Director, Vincular Center at Catholic University of Valparaiso
3:25pm Keynote speech - Allan Jorgensen, Head, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct
3:35pm Keynote speech - Patrick de Cambourg, European Lab PTF-ESRS Chairman, European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG)
3:45pm Panel discussion - moderated by Judy Kuszewski, panelists: Jyrki Raina, Global Industrial Relations Expert, GRI Board Member; Caroline Rees, President, Shift; Matthias Thorns, Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers
4:15pm Audience Q&A
4:25pm Closure
4:30pm End
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