Launched in June 2011 as a joint project of Ceres and Tellus Institute, both non-profit research and educational entities, the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) is a public benefit organization aimed at making financial markets agents of, rather than impediments to, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and broader global sustainability agenda. As a multi-stakeholder initiative with the public interest at its core, GISR’s vision is to transform the definition of corporate value in the 21st century such that markets reward the preservation and enhancement of all forms of capital – human, intellectual, natural, social and financial.
We work with investors, companies, ESG research and rating organizations, and civil society organizations to improve worldwide access to high-quality sustainability ratings. GISR does not rate organizations. Instead, through a voluntary accreditation process, GISR will accredit sustainability ratings, rankings or indices on the basis of their alignment with GISR’s 12 Principles.