GRI certified training program, an interview to Shivani Rajpal

01 august 2014

Since January RGA has been chosen as a GRI Certified Training Partner. Why should you attend a GRI Certified Training Course? We asked Mrs. Shivani Rajpal, Manager Training & Coaching Programs GRI
GRI certified training program, an interview to Shivani Rajpal

1) The GRI Certified Training Program was launched in 2008. Since then, the number of GRI Training Partners has increased significantly and over 18,000 participants have been trained all over the world. Why begin training in a Sustainability Reporting Course?

GRI’s core product is its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines that are developed through a multi-stakeholder approach using a thorough due process so that they can be used by all types of organizations located anywhere in the world. The first generation of GRI Guidelines were published in 2000 and since then a lot of things related to sustainability context and sustainability reporting have changed. People are getting more aware of the concept and with the awareness about this concept the demand for learning more about it has increased. The GRI Certified training course helps the participants to understand the practical usage of the GRI Guidelines. For practical purposes GRI developed the 5 phase sustainability reporting process that is the main focus of the training course.


2) What is the value generated by a GRI Certified Course?

The GRI Certified training course is a minimum of 16 hours course that takes the participants through the sustainability context, value of reporting, structure of GRI Guidelines and the GRI recommended reporting process. To make sure that the participants are able to relate to the context, each Training Partner needs to get the local content certified, which includes the local cases and examples for the different reporting phases. The course is quite interactive with a lot of individual and group exercises to enable enriched discussions.


3) In your opinion, who should attend these kinds of courses?

The audience of the GRI Certified training course is representatives from the organizations who are directly or indirectly involved in the sustainability reporting process. The audience also includes individual consultants who help the other organizations on sustainability reporting. Basically anyone who is interested to understand the sustainability reporting process using the GRI Guidelines is the right audience for the course.


4) Could you give any suggestions to the potential participants?

One message that I would like to give to the audience is that sustainability reporting is not just for big organizations. It is for all types of organizations – big, medium or small. In fact GRI has also worked with micro organizations to help them with the GRI sustainability reporting process. The GRI certified training course should be considered as the first step towards the reporting process.



Shivani Rajpal works as a Manager- Training & Coaching Programs and is responsible for GRI’s two Training & Coaching Programs – Certified Training Program and Business Transparency Program. The Certified Training Partner Program involves certifying the GRI Training Partners around the world to provide GRI Certified Training courses. The Business Transparency Program involves GRI to coordinate the reporting process of the nominated organizations and provide handholding support to the first time reporters. Shivani has an in-depth understanding of training development and delivery process and has successfully implemented multiple cross cultural corporate training programs. She is responsible for content development for both the programs. Her excellent knowledge of the GRI Reporting process comes in quite handy with the activities that she manages related to the two Training & Coaching Programs. She speaks fluent Hindi and English.