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GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment 2016

Contains disclosures for companies/organisations to report information about their environmental impacts on their supply chain.

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GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment 2016

Contains disclosures for organizations to report information about the environmental impacts in their supply chain, and how they manage these impacts 💥.

The disclosures enable an organization to provide information on its approach to preventing and mitigating negative environmental impacts in its supply chain.

The Standard is structured as follows:

  • Section 1 contains a requirement, which provides information about how the organization manages its environmental impacts in its supply chain.

  • Section 2 contains two disclosures, which provide information about the organization’s supplier assessment and environmental impacts on its supply chain.

  • The Glossary contains defined terms with a specific meaning when used in the GRI Standards. The terms are underlined in the text of the GRI Standards and linked to the definitions.

  • The Bibliography lists authoritative intergovernmental instruments used in developing this Standard.

The rest of the Introduction section provides a background on the topic, an overview of the system of GRI Standards, and further information on using this Standard.

Background on the topic

This Standard addresses the topic of supplier environmental assessment.

An organization may be involved with negative environmental impacts either through its own activities or as a result of its business relationships with other parties.

Due diligence is expected of an organization in order to prevent, mitigate, and address actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain. These include negative impacts the organization either causes or contributes to, or that are directly linked to its operations, products, or services by its relationship with a supplier. These concepts are covered in key instruments of the United Nations: see Bibliography.

Suppliers can be assessed for a range of environmental criteria such as impacts related to energy, water, or emissions. Some of these criteria are covered in other GRI Topic Standards (e.g., GRI 302: Energy 2016, GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018, GRI 305: Emissions 2016).

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