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LEAD’s mission is to inspire leadership and change for a sustainable world.  We will carry out our mission by identifying outstanding people across sectors and cultures, developing their leadership potential and understanding of sustainable development, and mobilizing and supporting them as a network to achieve the change required.

LEAD provides a network, an opportunity to stand back and look at what’s going on in the bigger world and not get so tied up in the little day-to-day things.

– Brian Smith

LEAD is one of GRI’s certified training partners  in Canada. LEAD’s GRI-certified training initiative has been endorsed by the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Shareholder Association for Research & Education. Participants in GRI-certified courses will receive their course completion certificates directly from GRI.

What is GRI?

GRI is an international independent organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.

GRI has pioneered sustainability reporting since the late 1990s, transforming it from a niche practice to one now adopted by a growing majority of organizations.

GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Standards are foundational to this success. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most widely used standards on sustainability reporting and disclosure, enabling businesses, governments, civil society and citizens to make better decisions based on information that matters.


Why become GRI certified?

Sustainability reporting enables organizations to consider their impacts of wide range of sustainability issues, enabling them to be more transparent about the risks and opportunities they face.

An effective sustainability reporting cycle, which includes a regular program of data collection, communication, and responses, should benefit all reporting organizations, both internally and externally.

Sustainability reporting will help you increase transparency around the impact of your business on issues such as climate change, human rights and corruption. When you disclose non-financial information using the GRI Standards, your business will benefit in many ways. The reporting process allows you to gain a comprehensive understanding of the risks and opportunities facing your business. Sharing information about policies and performance on environmental, social and governance issues helps you build trust with your customers and partners, monitor and mitigate risk, and find ways to improve efficiency, resulting in a positive impact on your financial results. By reporting with the GRI Standards, you will also fulfil the compliance requirements of regulations from governments, financial markets and international organizations.