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Press release: Sustain.Life integrates with GRI and TRUE

February 22, 2023
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The integrations enable users to track progress alongside globally respected third-party standards.

Sustain.Life, the SaaS platform helping companies across industries measure and reduce their environmental impact, today announced that it has integrated two industry-leading certification and reporting tools to better enable its users to set and achieve their sustainability goals and report their progress to key stakeholders. Sustain.Life has integrated with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, the most widely used global standard for sustainability reporting, and TRUE Certification for Zero Waste, the leading waste reduction certification standard. Through its 100+ step-by-step guides, Sustain.Life positions businesses to implement ambitious sustainability strategies aligned with leading certification and reporting standards.

Sustain.Life helps map your sustainability strategies to five leading standards: UNGC, SDGs, GRI, TRUE Zero Waste, and B Corp.

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GRI, provider of the first and most trusted global standard for sustainability impact, is fully aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, making it the default system for organizations world-wide to deliver transparent and accountable ESG disclosures. Employed across public and private companies, government agencies, cities, universities and non profits, GRI allows for the most comprehensive impact reporting across economic, environmental and social topics.

GRI’s Universal Standards provide the foundation for corporate reporting with disclosures on management approach and guidelines on material topics. Businesses can then select from topic-specific standards, as well as new, sector-specific standards, designed to help identify a sector's most significant impacts and reflect stakeholder expectations for sustainability reporting. The Actions featured on the Sustain.Life platform—key steps that users can take to make progress towards marked sustainability goals—are now tagged with corresponding GRI indicators, showing business how individual projects translate to formal reporting priorities.

“We welcome that Sustain.Life has completed certification through the GRI Certified Software and Tools Program, meaning they are authorized to use the GRI Standards content,” said Mirjam Groten, Chief Business Development Officer, GRI.

“The GRI Standards are the most widely used sustainability reporting standard globally, and Sustain.Life is leading the way in equipping our users with the tools they need to communicate their sustainability progress,” said Annalee Bloomfield, CEO of Sustain.Life. “With the GRI reporting framework, users are able to easily demonstrate their impact to all key stakeholders, including employees, customers, partners, investors, and recruits.”

Furthermore, Sustain.Life is also newly aligned with the TRUE certification program for zero waste. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities measure, improve and recognize zero waste performance by encouraging the adoption of sustainable waste management and reduction practices, which contribute to positive environmental, health and economic outcomes. Sustain.Life’s premium subscription program content, integrated with TRUE, guides users on how to identify their critical waste streams, establish reduction goals and implement programs to support zero waste strategies at scale. The TRUE-aligned content provides users with an incremental pathway that prioritizes core actions essential to making an impactful start towards zero waste and a circular economy.

“The TRUE framework for waste reduction is an incredibly valuable toolkit that enables organizations to mitigate their environmental impact,” said Celeste McMickle, Director of Client Solutions. “We are excited to collaborate with Sustain.Life to leverage our industry-leading certification system and help companies across multiple industries reduce waste, improve their resource management and achieve their climate goals.”

“Integrating TRUE further positions Sustain.Life as a leader in waste management. We are proud to adopt the TRUE rating system to lower the barrier of entry for companies striving to eliminate waste,” said Alyssa Rade, Chief Sustainability Officer at Sustain.Life. “Sustain.Life’s guidance and data management tools facilitate the KPI tracking critical to pursuing TRUE certification, and connect distinct reduction initiatives to the world's leading waste reduction certification program. As users progress through the platform’s recommended Actions, they will find themselves well positioned to pursue this ambitious award.”

Sustain.Life launched in November 2021. Learn more about Sustain.Life here.

About Sustain.Life

Sustain.Life is the SaaS platform helping companies across industries measure and reduce their environmental impact. Launched through the 4Sided Venture Studio in 2021, Sustain.Life enables organizations to future-proof themselves by embracing sustainable practices that manage carbon emissions, reduce costs and help distinguish them to customers, partners, investors and recruits.

About GRI

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the independent, international organization that helps businesses and other organizations take responsibility for their impacts, by providing the global common language to report those impacts. The GRI Standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder process and provided as a free public good.

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

GBCI is the world’s leading sustainability and health certification and credentialing body. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE certification for zero waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and RELi for resilient design. Visit

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The takeaway

Sustain.Life has integrated with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework, the most widely used global standard for sustainability reporting, and TRUE Certification for Zero Waste, the leading waste reduction certification standard.

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