Top 10 GRI Sustainability Aspects for the Conglomerates Sector

Sustainability – What Matters in the Conglomerates Sector

Recent research conducted by the Governance & Accountability Institute attempts to answer important questions for company managements in the Conglomerates Sector, by examining the disclosure practices of 23 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 Conglomerates Sector are:

  1. Child Labor
  2. Water
  3. Compliance
  4. Prevention of Forced and Compulsory Labor
  5. Employment
  6. Non-Discrimination
  7. Training and Education
  8. Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  9. Economic Performance
  10. Marketing Communications

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 Conglomerates Sector study are:

3M Company, ALFA, Astra International, Ball Corporation, Bayer AG, Bombardier, Essar Shipping, Fourlis Group of Companies, Georg Fischer, John Keells Group, Keppel Corporation, Maersk Group, Mytilineos Holdings S.A., Piepenbrock Unternehmensgruppe, Reliance Industries Limited, SEKEM Group, Sembcorp Industries Ltd, Sime Darby Berhad, Suez Environment, TASA, ThyssenKrupp  AG, Trelleborg Group, Votorantim Industrial S/A

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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