GRI creates geographically diverse, multi-stakeholder Working Groups by recruiting volunteer experts from around the world to develop sector guidance.
Sector Supplement Working Groups typically include approximately 20 members. Of these, 50 percent are from the industry and 50 percent come from non-industry organizations. Industry members reflect the variety of companies in the sector in terms of size, location and activity. Non-industry members reflect a diverse range of opinions from environmental and social civil society groups, investors, labor and academia. In specific situations additional expertise may be added to the Working Group.
The recruitment and composition of Sector Supplement Working Groups is overseen by the Technical Advisory Committee
. GRI asks for expressions of interest, interviews interested parties, and actively searches for sector experts to fill gaps in representation.
Working Group members are responsible for drafting GRI’s guidance in their priority area. They meet regularly over a period of one or two years, developing guidance in a consensus-seeking environment facilitated by GRI. Sector consultants guide the Working Groups in drafting technical Indicators. A combination of face-to-face and virtual meetings is used.
Members serve on GRI Working Groups as individuals and not as official representatives of their organization. All members are responsible for developing the full Supplement, instead of focusing solely on their area of their expertise.
More information about who has developed sector guidance, and how, can be found on the individual Sector Supplement pages.
Full lists of Working Group members for each of the Sector Supplements: