GRI 401: Employment 2016
Contains disclosures for organizations to report information about their employment-
related impacts, and how they manage these impacts.
The Standard is structured as follows:
Section 1 contains a requirement, which provides information about how the organization manages its
Section 2 contains three disclosures, which provide information about the organization’s employment-related
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 employment.
This includes an organization’s approach to employment or job creation, that is, an organization’s approach to hiring, recruitment, retention, and related practices, and the working conditions it provides. The Standard also covers the employment and working conditions in an organization’s supply chain.
An employment relationship is a legal relationship between a worker and an organization that confers rights and obligations to both parties. This relationship is usually the means for determining whether employment or labor law is applicable or whether commercial law is applicable.
These concepts are covered in key instruments of the International Labour Organization, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and the United Nations: see the Bibliography.
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