This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standard Guidelines. In the context of the GRI Standards, the social dimension of sustainability concerns an organization’s
impacts on the social systems within which it operates.
GRI 406 addresses the topic of non-discrimination. For the purpose of this Standard, discrimination is defined as the act and the result of treating people unequally by imposing unequal burdens or denying benefits, instead of treating each person fairly on the basis of individual merit.
Discrimination can also include harassment. This is defined as a course of comments or actions that are unwelcome, or should reasonably be known to be unwelcome, to the person towards whom they are addressed.
According to ILO instruments, discrimination can occur on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion,
political opinion, national extraction, and social origin. Discrimination can also occur based on factors such
as age, disability, migrant status, HIV and AIDS, gender, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition, and lifestyles,
An organization is expected to avoid discriminating against any person on any grounds, including avoiding discrimination against workers at work. It is also expected to avoid discriminating against customers with respect to the provision of products and services, or against any other stakeholder, including suppliers or business partners.
The presence and effective implementation of policies to avoid discrimination are a basic expectation of socially responsible conduct.
In 2018, the GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines were superseded by the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI standards). For this metric, the code G4-HR3-a is used in company reporting prior to 2018, and the new GRI 406-1 code used in reporting from 2018 onwards. The methodology for the former G4 standard for this metric can be found here. code used in reporting from 2018 onwards. The methodology for the former G4 standard for this metric can be found here.