Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Energy Utilities Sector

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Louis Coppola

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Sustainability – What Matters in the Energy Utilities Sector
Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Energy Utilities Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 49 global peer organizations publishing GRI reports in the sector.
The top 10 Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aspects that were determined to be material by the managements of reporting organizations in the Energy Utilities Sector are:

  1. Compliance
  2. Anti-Competitive Behavior
  3. Labor/Management Relations
  4. Public Policy
  5. Biodiversity
  6. Indigenous Rights
  7. Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  8. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  9. Investment and Procurement Practices
  10. Occupational Health and Safety

Results: The complimentary report examining 35 sectors including top 10 GRI aspects, and top/bottom 10 GRI performance indicators can be downloaded here:
The full rankings for all 84 GRI performance indicators and all 37 GRI Aspects for each of the 35 sectors examined are available for purchase at:
Organizations included in the Energy Utilities Sector study are:
AES Brasil, Alliander, American Electric Power (AEP), APG, APG All Pensions Group, Aurora Energy, BC Hydro, Capital Power Corporation, CHESF, China Southern Power Grid, Companhia de Electricidade de Macau (CEM), Copagaz, Dong Energy, Duke Energy, E.ON, EDP (Energias de Portugal), EDP Renováveis, Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich (EKZ), EnBW AG (Energie Baden-Wüerttemberg), Enexis, ERARING ENERGY, Eskom, Essent, EWO, Exelon Corp, FEDA, Gas Natural SDG, Green Mountain Energy, Gruppo Hera, Gruppo SGR, Guelph Hydro Inc., Horizon Holdings, Hydro Quebec, IDGC of Centre and Volga Region (Interregional Distributive Grid Company of Centre and Volga Region), Isagen, KHNP, Neste Oil, NRG Energy, Nuon, POSCO Energy, Power Seraya, RWE, SP Ausnet, Spectra Energy, Terna, Toronto Hydro Corporation, Vantaan Energia, Vattenfall,VERBUND
About G&A Institute (
G&A Institute is a New York-based, private sector company providing sustainability-focused services and resources to corporate and investment community clients, including: Issue Counseling & Sustainability Strategies; Sustainability Reporting; Materiality Assessments; Stakeholder Engagement; Benchmarking; Investor Relations; Communications; Coaching, Team Building & Training;  Issues Monitoring & Customized Research; Third Party Recognitions.  G&A is the exclusive Data Partner for the GRI in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
On the G&A Institute web site there is additional information available on the Fact Sheet: What Matters Project (  The resulting “most important” to “least important” ranking for the 35 sectors is available to media on a case-by-case basis please contact:  Peter Hamilton (

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