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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 2017 open call for nominations is now closed. GRI thanks everyone who submitted their interest or who took part in disseminating this opportunity.
Appointments to the GSSB should be finalized by the end of the year.

 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.


 How are GRI Standards developed and approved?


GRI Standards are developed according to a formally defined 'Due Process Protocol', which is overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC). The current version of the Guidelines is the outcome of more than 15 years of a robust, global multi-stakeholder development process.  The Due Process Protocol sets forth the process for the development of GRI Standards and is designed to ensure that this promotes the public interest and is aligned with GRI’s vision and mission. It ensures that GRI Standards move through a clearly communicated process from project identification, prioritization and commencement through to content development, including public exposure and consideration of feedback received, concluding in the final release.

For more information on the appointment of the members of the GSSB and DPOC please consult the Independent Appointments Committee (IAC) page.

 GSSB meetings