GE’s reporting on its 2016 sustainability program was informed by the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (“The G4 Guidelines”). We anticipate reporting relevant G4 metrics going forward.

 

Part I: Reporting

In compiling the content for GE’s Sustainability Report, GE applied the Reporting Principles for Defining Content—see our Reporting Process—and the Reporting Principles for Defining Quality:

Balance—provides both favorable and unfavorable results and covers a range of controversial issues relating to the application or misuse of GE products and services.

Comparability—provides year-over-year metrics (less only when the information is not available) and includes a GRI Index.

Timeliness—publishes reports at the same time every year, with updates to the website as new issues arise.

Clarity—provides various formats for reporting to our stakeholders on GE activities, through the GE Sustainability website, which details our ongoing programs in these areas, as well as our long-term goals and annual performance metrics.

Accuracy and Reliability—GE’s Finance Organization and EHS Governance team has reviewed the metrics and claims made in the 2016 report. The report has been reviewed and approved by GE senior management responsible for their subject matter area. Additionally, our Advisory Panel offers year-by-year commentary and guidance on GE’s reporting.

Part II: Reporting

Below you’ll find a full GRI Standard Disclosures Index for GE’s 2016 Sustainability reporting.

General Standard Disclosures: Strategy & Analysis

G4-1: Leadership Letter Leadership Letter
G4-2: Key impacts, risks, and opportunities Sustainability at GE
Sustainability Priorities
Energy & Climate Goals & Progress

General Standard Disclosures: Organizational Profile

G4-3: Organization name GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-4: Primary brands, products, and services GE 2016 Annual Report; page 15
GE 2016 Form 10K; Pages 18, 37-63
G4-5: Headquarters location GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-6: Where the organization operates GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-7: Nature of ownership and legal form GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-8: Markets served GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-9: Scale of the organization GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-10: Total number of employees by region How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
G4-11: Collective Bargaining agreements Labor Relations
G4-12: Supply Chain description Supply Chain
Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
Conflict Minerals
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Supplier Diversity
Supplier Resource Efficiency
Capacity Building
G4-13: Organizational changes during the reporting period GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-15: External charters, principles, or other initiatives Human Rights
UNGC
G4-16: Membership associations Political Activities

General Standard Disclosures: Material Aspects & Boundaries

G4-17: Entities included in financial statements GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-18: Process for defining report boundaries and content Sustainability Priorities
Reporting Process
G4-19: List of material topics Sustainability Priorities
G4-22: Restatements GE 2016 Annual Report
Reporting Process
G4-23: Changes from previous reports in terms of scope and/or boundaries GE 2016 Annual Report
Reporting Process
How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
Enabling Progress: Goals + Metrics

General Standard Disclosures: Stakeholder Engagement

G4-24: Stakeholder groups Sustainability Priorities
Reporting Process
Stakeholders
G4-25: How stakeholders were identified Sustainability Priorities
Reporting Process
G4-26: Approach to stakeholder engagement Sustainability Priorities
Reporting Process
G4-27: Topics raised during stakeholder engagements Sustainability Priorities
Reporting Process

General Standard Disclosures: Report Profile

G4-28: Reporting period 2016
G4-29: Date of most previous recent report 2015
G4-30: Reporting cycle Annual
G4-31: Reporting contact sustainability@ge.com
G4-32: Policy regarding report assurance Reporting Process
Stakeholders

General Standard Disclosures: Governance

G4-34: Governance structure of the organization GE 2016 Annual Report
Governance
Risk Oversight and Management
Financial Controllership
G4-35: Process for delegating authority for sustainability topics from the board to senior executives and other employees Sustainability at GE
Governance
G4-36: High-level accountability for sustainability topics Sustainability at GE
G4-37: Processes for consultation between stakeholders and the board on sustainability topics Sustainability at GE
Sustainability Priorities
Stakeholders
G4-38: Composition of the board and its committees GE 2016 Annual Report
Sustainability at GE
Governance
G4-39: Whether the chair of the board is also an executive officer GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-40: Nomination and selection processes for the board and its committees GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-41: Board conflicts of interest GE 2016 Annual Report
G4-42: Board and executives’ roles in the organization’s mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to sustainability impacts GE 2016 Annual Report
Sustainability at GE
Sustainability Priorities
A Letter from the CEO
G4-43: Board knowledge of sustainability topics Sustainability at GE
G4-45: Board role in the identification and management of sustainability impacts, risks, and opportunities Sustainability at GE
Sustainability Priorities
Stakeholders
Risk Oversight and Management
G4-46: Board role in reviewing risk management processes for sustainability topics Sustainability at GE
Sustainability Priorities
Stakeholders
Risk Oversight and Management
G4-50: Nature and total number of critical concerns that were communicated to the board How GE Works: Goals + Metrics

General Standard Disclosures: Ethics & Integrity

G4-56: Code of conduct Governance
Integrity & Compliance
The Spirit & The Letter
Public Policy
G4-57: Helplines or advice lines for employees Integrity & Compliance
The Spirit & The Letter
G4-58: Mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behavior Integrity & Compliance
The Spirit & The Letter

Specific Standard Disclosures: Environmental

G4-EN1: Materials by weight or volume Supplier Resource Efficiency
Product Life Cycle
G4-EN2: Recycled input materials Supplier Resource Efficiency
Product Life Cycle
Materials Sustainability
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN3: Energy consumption (Scope 1 + 2) Ecomagination Greenhouse Gas Goal
Optimizing GE's Energy Use
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN4: Energy consumption (Scope 3) Scope 3 Emissions
Supplier Resource Efficiency
G4-EN5: Energy intensity Optimizing GE's Energy Use
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN6: Energy reductions Ecomagination Greenhouse Gas Goal
Optimizing GE's Energy Use
Supplier Resource Efficiency
G4-EN7: Energy reductions in products and services Scope 3 Emissions
G4-EN8: Water withdrawals by source Water
Water & Process Technologies
Ecomagination Water Goals
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN9: Water sources affected by withdrawals Water
Water & Process Technologies
Policy
Ecomagination Water Goals
G4-EN10: Water recycled and reused Water
Water & Process Technologies
Water R&D
Policy
Ecomagination Water Goals
G4-EN11: Facilities in or near areas of high diversity Biodiversity
G4-EN12: Impacts on biodiversity Biodiversity
G4-EN13: Habitats protected or restored Legacy Sites
Biodiversity
G4-EN15: GHG emissions (Scope 1) Ecomagination Greenhouse Gas Goal
Optimizing GE's Energy Use
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN16: GHG emissions (Scope 2) Ecomagination Greenhouse Gas Goal
Optimizing GE's Energy Use
Scope 3 Emissions
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN17: GHG emissions (Scope 3) Scope 3 Emissions
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN18: GHG emissions intensity Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN19: Reduction of GHG emissions Ecomagination Greenhouse Gas Goal
Optimizing GE's Energy Use
Scope 3 Emissions
Climate Policy
Ecomagination Progress
Partnerships
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN22: Water discharge Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN23: Waste by type and disposal method (see Waste Generation) How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN24: Significant spills How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN25: Hazardous waste How GE Works: Goals & Metrics
G4-EN26: Biodiversity affected by runoff Resilience
Legacy Sites
G4-EN27: Mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services Ecomagination Greenhouse Gas Goal
Optimizing GE's Energy Use
Scope 3 Emissions
GE Water & Process Technologies
Product Life Cycle
Research & Development
G4-EN29: Environmental fines and sanctions Legacy Sites
Building Things That Matter
G4-EN31: Environmental investments Scope 3 Emissions
Research & Development
Ecomagination Progress
GE 2016 Annual Report
Partnerships
GE Ventures
Building Things That Matter: Goals + Metrics
G4-EN32: New suppliers screened using environmental criteria Resilience
Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
Supplier Resource Efficiency
Capacity Building
G4-EN33: Supply chain environmental impacts Resilience
Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
Supplier Resource Efficiency
Capacity Building
G4-EN34: Environmental grievances A Strong Culture of Integrity

Specific Standard Disclosures: Labor Practices & Decent Work

G4-LA1: Number and rate of new employee hires and turnover How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
G4-LA5: Workforce represented in health and safety committees EHS Program Management
G4-LA6: Rates of injury, occupational disease, lost days, absenteeism, and work-related fatalities How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
G4-LA8: Health and safety topics covered in agreements with trade unions Labor Relations
Human Rights
G4-LA10: Programs for skills management managing career endings Workforce & Idea Development
Learning and Development
Soliciting Opinions
G4-LA14: New suppliers that were screened using labor practices criteria Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Human Rights
G4-LA15: Negative impacts for labor practices in the supply chain Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Human Rights
G4-LA16: Grievances about labor practices A Strong Culture of Integrity

Specific Standard Disclosures: Human Rights

G4-HR2: Employee training on human rights Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
Capacity Building
G4-HR3: Incidents of discrimination A Strong Culture of Integrity
G4-HR4: Significant risk of freedom of association in operations and suppliers Labor Relations
Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
G4-HR7: Security personnel trained in the organization's human rights policies Monitoring & Evaluation
Capacity Building
G4-HR10: New suppliers screened for human rights Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
Capacity Building
G4-HR11: Human rights impacts in the supply chain Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
Conflict Minerals
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Capacity Building
Human Rights
G4-HR12: Grievances about human rights impacts A Strong Culture of Integrity

Specific Standard Disclosures: Product Responsibility

G4-PR1: Health and safety impact assessments of products and services EHS Program Management
Monitoring & Evaluation
Supplier Expectations
Product Life Cycle
Materials Sustainability
Ecomagination Progress
Technology
Healthymagination Progress
Tackling Big Challenges: Cancer
Tackling Big Challenges: Brain Health
Regional Health Transformation
GE Ventures
G4-PR2: Non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services Integrity & Compliance
Compliance Process
How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
G4-PR3: Product and service information required for labeling Conflict Minerals
Product Life Cycle
G4-PR4: Non-compliance with regulations concerning product and service labeling Integrity & Compliance
Compliance Process
How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
G4-PR7: Non-compliance with regulations concerning marketing communications Integrity & Compliance
Compliance Process
How GE Works: Goals + Metrics
G4-PR8: Complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data Privacy & Cybersecurity
G4-PR9: Fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning products and services How GE Works: Goals + Metrics