Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Universities Sector

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Louis Coppola

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Sustainability – What Matters in the Universities Sector? 
33-universitiesRecent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Universities Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 5 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 Universities Sector are:

  1. Equal Remuneration for Women and Men
  2. Customer Privacy
  3. Materials
  4. Product and Service Labeling
  5. Marketing Communications
  6. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  7. Market Presence
  8. Transport
  9. Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  10. Biodiversity

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 Universities Sector study are:
Ball State University, La Trobe University, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (UNIA), University of Calgary
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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