"Elaine Cohen's book is a must-read for anyone working in sustainability. I would highly recommend it for even very experienced consultants."
CEO, The AtKisson Group and author of The Sustainability Transformation
Sustainability reporting is here to stay and expanding its influence. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Framework was launched in May 2013, with the publication of two manuals, adding up to 300 pages of technical guidance. Since then thousands of reporters have been hoping for a short and definitive guide to this new reporting paradigm. This is it!
In this expert guide to G4, Elaine Cohen presents an easy-to-follow review of everything any company needs to know in order to decide whether to use the G4 Framework and if so, how.
If you want to know what G4 means for corporate reporters, whether they are first-timers, SMEs, experienced global companies or existing GRI reporters at any level, this book is for you. It will give you the answers you need to make decisions, in a user-friendly format, and help you deliver greater value to your own company or your client companies.
This book will also help users of reports know what to expect from the new generation of G4 Sustainability Reports and reporting consultants, as they advise clients on reporting process, content and disclosure.
Note: GRI has reviewed Understanding G4 and has confirmed that it provides a broadly accurate representation of the technical guidance in the GRI framework. However, GRI makes no comment on opinions and matters of interpretation presented in the book, which represent the views of the author.
"Elaine Cohen’s book could very well become essential pre-reading for anyone starting out on G4 reporting, and I would highly recommend it even for very experienced consultants. There were things I thought I understood about G4 that I clearly did not; but a quick romp through Cohen’s lucid text and concise diagrams helped me (1) figure out where I was lacking in understanding, and then (2) rapidly feel like an expert again....With this 115-page book on my computer, I am no longer afraid of the mysterious G4. I might even be able to talk intelligently with my clients again. Well done ... and thank you!"
Alan AtKisson, CEO The AtKisson Group; author of Believing Cassandra and The Sustainability Transformation
"This is an important, insightful and most useful book"
Glenn Frommer, Head of Corporate Sustainability, MTR, Hong Kong