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FAQs: About GRI

Do you have questions about GRI, its products or services? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you still can’t find the answer you need, please get in touch with GRI.

 Who is responsible for GRI?

​GRI is an international independent organization, with a network-based structure; and a Collaborating Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme.

In January 2015, changes took place within GRI's governance structure to strengthen the independence of the governance and management of the standards aspects of GRI’s
work and to meet the requirements expected of a public standard‐setter.
As such, a dual governance structure was created, with the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) governing the standard‐setting activities of GRI, and the Board of Directors (Board) governing all other organizational activities.

The goverance of the GRI Standards setting activities is comprised of:
  • The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) – responsible for setting globally accepted standards for sustainability reporting, according to a formally defined due process, exclusively in the public interest.
  • The Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC) – ensures that due process is followed by the GSSB in the standard‐setting process.
  • The Independent Appointments Committee (IAC) – provides an independent appointment process to the DPOC and GSSB.
  • GRI Standards Department – responsible for standards development under the direction of the GSSB.

The governance of all other GRI activities is comprised of:

  • The Board of Directors (Board) – responsible for GRI’s overall management.
  • The Stakeholder Council (SC) – the strategic, multi-stakeholder advisory body to the Board.
  • The GRI Nominating Committee (GNC) – coordinates and manages the annual nomination processes for the GRI Board of Directors and SC.
  • The GRI GOLD Community – consists of companies and organizations which support GRI’s mission, elect the Stakeholder Council, and contribute to GRI's annual budget.
  • The Secretariat, based in Amsterdam, which implements the work plans of the Board.

 Who are members of the GRI GOLD Community?


Members of the GRI GOLD Community are companies and organizations that actively support GRI – its core supporters. Members of the GRI GOLD Community put their name to GRI’s mission and products, provide funding, and broaden participation around sustainability and transparency. Members of the GRI GOLD Community underpin GRI’s legitimacy and demonstrate a common commitment to change.

The GRI GOLD Community is located at the center of the global multi-stakeholder network with which GRI works. Any organization – or even individual – that is committed to measuring and managing their sustainability performance can support GRI as a member of the GRI GOLD Community.


 What is the Stakeholder Council?


 How is GRI funded?


​GRI is supported by a global network, and has diverse sources of funding. This means:

• Project grants from governments and foundations
• Corporate sponsorship of projects and events
• Provision of learning and other services
• Support from a large international community of members of the GRI GOLD Community and Stakeholder Council members


 Who participates in GRI?

​GRI's global community spans thousands of trained practitioners and reporters across the world. Our global network is open to all individuals and organizations with an interest in sustainability reporting. This collaborative network includes representation from corporations, governments, non-governmental organizations, consultancies, accountancy organizations, business associations, rating agencies, universities, and research institutes. They contribute to the ongoing development of GRI’s Standards.

 How do I become involved in GRI?


​Through the GRI Standards, we've helped thousands of organizations across the world to understand, manage and communicate their sustainability impacts, buidling trust in businesses and governments. 

Join our global community where together we're shaping the future of sustainability reporting to empower decision making towards a more sustainable economy and world.

You can subscribe to news updates, or see how you can get involved and join thousands of GRI stakeholders worldwide.