Since 2011, Bertelsmann’s corporate responsibility (CR) reporting has followed the international guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s leading standard for sustainability reporting by international companies and organizations, and known since 2016 as the "GRI Standards." This report was created in accordance with the GRI Standards “core option”. Supplementary information in conformity with the sector-specific “Media Sector Disclosures” (MSD) are also included. Hyperlinks lead to further information, facts and figures about the responsible conduct of Bertelsmann and its divisions on the corporate website. The report’s content was selected based on a relevance analysis of corporate responsibility topics at Bertelsmann, which was carried out with in-house and external stakeholders.
Bertelsmann’s GRI reporting also fulfills its obligation, as a UN Global Compact member, to produce an annual Communication on Progress. In addition, the environmental data from Bertelsmann's carbon footprint have been fully integrated into its GRI reporting as of 2018. In March 2019, Bertelsmann also published a Combined Non-Financial Statement as part of its Combined Management Report 2018 (pp. 40–44), which complies with the CSR Directive Implementation Act in Germany.