Global Reporting Initiative Celebrates Official Launch in the United States with Focal Point USA Meeting at the New York Stock Exchange

--Press invited to attend--

--Live webcast available 9 a.m. – 11 am. ET--

NEW YORK & AMSTERDAM--()--On Monday, January 31, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a network-based organization that pioneered the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework, will mark its official launch in the United States with the Focal Point USA meeting held at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Thought leaders on corporate transparency and sustainability will gather at the NYSE for a panel discussion from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (ET) to address the question, “Why is America letting the world lead in sustainability reporting?” The event will be webcast globally and will open with remarks from NYSE Euronext Head of Corporate Responsibility Michelle Greene and GRI Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen followed by a discussion chaired by David Vidal, Director, The Conference Board Center for Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability. Panel participants will include the President of Ceres and corporate responsibility officers from several companies including Bloomberg, Avon Products, Marriott and UPS.

The live webcast can be seen at

Event agenda:

8:30   Arrival
9:00 Opening remarks
-- Michelle Greene, VP, Head of Corporate Responsibility, NYSE Euronext
-- Ernst Ligteringen, Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative
9:20 Panel discussion begins


-- David Vidal, Director, The Conference Board Center for Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability


-- Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
-- Curtis Ravenel, Director Sustainability Initiatives, Bloomberg
-- Susan Arnot Heaney, Director, Corporate Responsibility, Avon Products
-- Mari L. Snyder, Vice President, Social Responsibility & Community Engagement, Marriott
-- Steve Leffin, Director Global Sustainability, UPS
10:20 Questions and Answers
10:45 Closing remarks by Mike Wallace, Director GRI Focal Point USA
11:00 Conclusion

“NYSE Euronext welcomes GRI to the NYSE for its first public meeting in the United States,” said NYSE Euronext Head of Corporate Responsibility Michelle Greene. “NYSE Euronext utilized GRI’s standards for reporting its sustainability performance in 2010, and we are thrilled to partner with GRI to bring together thought leaders to address the importance of sustainability reporting.”

“This is a dynamic time for the Global Reporting Initiative, with sustainability reporting becoming a vital part of the business strategies of an increasing number of companies, including in the US,” said Mike Wallace, Director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Focal Point USA. “We’re very excited to be launching the new Focal Point USA at the NYSE and aim to engage more directly with financial and business leaders about reporting activity in the US. We hope our presence will help the US take the lead in sustainability reporting.”

The USA Focal Point event at the NYSE is the first of several GRI events planned for its active users and US network. On February 3rd in Washington, DC, The World Bank will host a breakfast meeting gathering the local sustainability community to discuss the latest trends in ESG disclosure and sustainability reporting; on February 4th in Boston, Ceres, the organization where GRI was born, will host an exclusive roundtable event for sustainability reporters. For more information on these events, please visit

Press interested in covering the USA Focal Point USA event at the NYSE should contact Judy Shaw, NYSE Media Relations at 212.656.4290 or

About Global Reporting Initiative

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a network-based non-governmental organization that aims to drive sustainability reporting and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) disclosure by all organizations. GRI produces the world’s most widely used Sustainability Reporting Framework to enable this drive towards greater transparency. The Framework, incorporating the G3 Guidelines, sets out the Principles and Indicators organizations can use to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance. GRI is committed to continuously improving and increasing the use of the Guidelines, which are freely available to the public.

GRI was founded in the US in 1997 by CERES and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and was originally based in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2002, GRI moved its central office to Amsterdam, where the Secretariat is currently located. GRI also has regional ‘Focal Points’ in Australia, Brazil, China, India and the USA.


About NYSE Euronext

NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world's equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index and Fortune 500. For more information, please visit:


NYSE Euronext
Judy Shaw, 212-656-4290


NYSE Euronext
Judy Shaw, 212-656-4290