Global Reporting Initiative – Participation in the GRI 306: Waste 2020 Project Working Group (2018 – 2020)

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 places responsible production and consumption central to sustainable development, and it calls on organizations to use natural resources efficiently, to implement environmentally sound waste management as well as to prevent and reduce waste through reuse and recycling. Along with a projected increase in waste generation worldwide, the UN notes the critical environmental, social and human health impacts of specific waste streams such as plastics, food waste, and e-waste. Until recently, sustainability reporting intensively focused on the production phase and direct environmental effects rather than on the end-of-life phase or indirect effects linked to the production and use of goods and services. In order to reflect these developments and to ensure that the GRI standards continue to represent internationally agreed best practice, the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) has decided to update the waste-related disclosures in GRI 306 (2020). Arne served as a member of the respective Project Working Group from 2018 to 2020, when the new standard was launched successfully.