Global Sustainability Standards Board

The Global Sustainability Standards Board has sole responsibility for setting globally accepted standards for sustainability reporting.

 Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB)


​Established as an independent operating entity under the auspices of GRI, the GRI Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) is formed of members with a broad range of expertise and experience, and who have the sole responsibility of setting globally accepted standards for sustainability reporting. The GSSB works in the public interest and according to the vision and mission of GRI.


 GSSB Open Call for Nominations

The governance body with sole responsibility for developing and implementing the GRI Standards is looking for a new member who is representing business enterprise starting a three years term on 1 January 2020. 

The nomination period for this position is open from 17 October to 7 November 2019
This follows a wider call earlier this year for applications across GRI's various governance bodies. 

Participation on the GSSB is voluntary, as it participation on all of GRI's governance bodies. 
Interested applicants are requested to read the GSSB Terms of Reference for a full overview of the GSSB's role and responsibilities and read below information regarding profiles and requirements before submitting a nomination. Candidates might be asked to provide reference on request. 

Please submit the following documents to by 7 November 2019, 24:00 hrs (CET)
- A recent CV
- If applicable, an Employer's Statement

GSSB members profile:

Members should have practical knowledge and experience related to sustainability reporting and understand its broader context. The GSSB conducts its business in the public interest, and has strong transparency requirements attached to its meetings and decision making.


Criteria for GSSB members:

- Knowledge and experience related to sustainability reporting

- Ability to analyze

- Communication skills

- Judicious decision-making

- Awareness of the sustainability reporting environment

- Ability to work in a collegial atmosphere- Integrity, objectivity and discipline

- Commitment to GRI's mission and the public interest


Time commitment:

Approximately 140 hours per year to attend two or three 3-day in-person meetings, and 10 virtual meetings, including meeting preparation and submitting comments. This excludes time to travel to and from in-person meeting locations. A term on the GSSB is for three years.


 Read more about the GSSB

The GSSB members represent the best combination of technical expertise, diversity of experience and multi-stakeholder perspective, and perform their work according to a formally defined due process, exclusively in the public interest. The GSSB also oversees the Standards Division in the creation of GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards). 

As established in the GSSB Terms of Reference, the meetings of the GSSB are open to the public and only certain discussions (normally about selection, appointment and other administrative issues) may be held in private at the discretion of the GSSB.

Download GSSB governance documents:


 Globally accepted Sustainability Reporting Standards


Sustainability reporting as promoted by GRI Standards is the practice of public reporting by organizations on their economic, environmental and social impacts.

It is a process by which organizations identify their significant impacts and disclose them in accordance with a standardized framework. The use of the reporting standards increases both the comparability and quality of the information reported, allowing for more informed decisions concerning the relationship of the organization’s activities and its impact on sustainable development.

The outcome of a sustainability reporting process can, but does not have to be a standalone sustainability report. The sustainability reporting process can also involve specific disclosures relating to the impacts of an organization’s activities on sustainable development.

Globally accepted sustainability reporting standards create a common language for organizations and stakeholders for communicating and understanding organizations’ impacts. They provide a standardized way to describe key impacts on the economy, environment and society, and increase the quality of information for stakeholders, enabling greater accountability.

GRI Standards are developed and approved by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), with the intention of being applied on a globally consistent basis, thus providing stakeholders with the ability to compare the impacts of various reporting organizations.

This year the GRI G4 Guidelines have transitioned to GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (GRI Standards), published 19 October 2016. The new Standards can be accessed through the GRI Standards Download Center.

To learn more, visit the GRI Standards page, or read the project background document.