Global Reporting Initiative+Employees (G4-10-a)

Employees (G4-10-a)

What is the company's total number of employees?

Metric value
Companies Values


2016 = 2.2M employees

Nike Inc.

2016 = 1.13M employees

Foxconn Technology Group

2014 = 1.06M employees


2016 = 610,100 employees


2015 = 610,000 employees

Volkswagen AG

2014 = 592,586 employees

Larsen & Toubro

2014 = 479,403 employees

China Mobile

2015 = 438,645 employees

United Parcel Service Inc.

2014 = 424,000 employees

Carrefour S.A.

2016 = 381,151 employees

Sinopec-China Petroleum & Chemical

2014 = 358,571 employees


2015 = 358,000 employees


2014 = 347,000 employees


2015 = 335,213 employees


2015 = 323,035 employees


2014 = 319,208 employees

Daimler AG

2015 = 284,015 employees

PepsiCo Inc.

2014 = 271,000 employees

Panasonic Corporation

2015 = 254,084 employees

AT&T Inc.

2014 = 245,175 employees

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Community Assessed
Report Type
Corporate Social Responsibility Report
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This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers part of the requirements of Indicator G4-10. This Indicator is broader than depicted within the metric description. It also asks for: relevant information related to the total number of employees by employment contract and gender (G4-10-a), number of permanent employees by employment type and gender (G4-10-b), workforce by employees and supervised workers and by gender (G4-10-c), workforce by region and gender (G4-10-d), portion of the organization’s work is performed by workers who are legally recognized as self-employed, or by individuals other than employees or supervised workers(G4-10-e), and variations in employment numbers(G4-10-f).

The size of a workforce provides insight into the scale of impacts created by labor issues. Breaking down the workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region (region refers to ‘country’ or ‘geographical area’) demonstrates how the organization structures its human resources to implement its overall strategy. It also provides insight into the organization’s business model, and offers an indication of job stability and the level of benefits the organization offers.


This metric is looking for the total number of employees:

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Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:

To calculate the total number of employees as part of - G4-10-a:

  • Identify the total workforce (employees and supervised workers) working for the organization at the end of the reporting period.

  • Report the total workforce (employees and supervised workers).

Unless there has been a material change in the reporting period, numbers as at the end of the reporting period are used.

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