Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Forest & Paper Products Sector

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Louis Coppola

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Sustainability – What Matters in the Forest & Paper Products Sector
Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Forest & Paper Products Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 18 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 Forest & Paper Products Sector are:

  1. Materials
  2. Biodiversity
  3. Labor/Management Relations
  4. Indigenous Rights
  5. Product and Service Labeling
  6. Public Policy
  7. Training and Education
  8. Economic Performance
  9. Water
  10. Emissions, Effluents and Wast

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 Forest & Paper Products Sector study are:
Ahlstrom Corporation, Australian Paper, Canfor Corp., Catalyst Paper, Cham Paper Group, Duratex, Grupo Portucel, Holmen,International Paper, Martela, Metsaliitto/ METSÄ GROUP, Mondi Group, SAP Labs, SCA – Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, SERVIFUSTER, S.A., Stora Enso, Sveaskog, UPM-Kymmene
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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