Global Reporting Initiative announced the launch of GRI 306: Waste 2020, the first globally applicable tool for organizations to report and communicate on their waste impacts. The Waste Standard introduces a stronger relationship between materials and waste to assist reporters in identifying and managing their waste-related practices, and impacts, throughout their value chain.

By including updated disclosures, circularity and waste prevention concepts, the Waste Standard reflects global best practices on waste management. This provides for a practical and usable tool and harmonization with SDG 12GRI 306: Waste 2020 includes two management approach and three topic-specific disclosures that will support organizations to:

  • Understand and publicly report how procurement, design and use of materials lead to waste-related impacts.
  • Provide comprehensive insights into the quantity and quality of waste – including its causes, where it is generated and how impacts are managed.
  • Identify and report on circularity and waste prevention opportunities and actions.
  • Assess and take responsibility for waste generated throughout the value chain, both upstream and downstream.

The Waste Standard updates, expands and replaces GRI 306: Effluents & Waste 2016. It is applicable for organizations of all sizes, wherever they are in their waste management and reporting practice. The content of GRI 306: Waste 2020 was developed by a 15-member expert working group and underwent an open public comment period in 2019.  

To support the public release of GRI 306: Waste 2020, GRI has organized the following webinars: