Continuous improvement

The GRI Standards are regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect global best practices for sustainability reporting, helping thousands of organizations around the world respond to emerging information demands from stakeholders and regulators.

Find out more about current and recent projects to update or create new GRI Standards:

Standards development

The global standards for sustainability impacts

The GRI Standards enable any organization – large or small, private or public – to understand and report on their impacts on the economy, environment and people in a comparable and credible way, thereby increasing transparency on their contribution to sustainable development. In addition to companies, the Standards are highly relevant to many stakeholders - including investors, policymakers, capital markets, and civil society. ​

The Standards are designed as an easy-to-use modular set, delivering an inclusive picture of an organization's material topics, their related impacts, and how they are managed.

  • The Universal Standards  - now revised to incorporate reporting on human rights and environmental due diligence, in line with intergovernmental expectations - apply to all organizations;
  • The new Sector Standards enable more consistent reporting on sector-specific impacts;
  • The Topic Standards - adapted to be used with the revised Universal Standards - list disclosures relevant to a particular topic.

Access an overview of how the Standards are set up and what to look for in the reporting process with this short introduction: 

Get to know the GRI Standards system

Latest news about the Standards

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Sustainability standard to accelerate accountability in the mining sector

Launch of GRI Mining Standard drills down on the impacts of the sector

05 Feb 2024
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Transparency standard to inform global response to biodiversity crisis

New GRI Biodiversity Standard available for use by companies around the world

25 Jan 2024
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Refreshed governance for global sustainability standard setter

New members appointed to GRI’s Global Sustainability Standards Board

24 Jan 2024
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New resource on emissions reporting using GRI and ISSB standards

New resource on emissions reporting using GRI and ISSB standards

18 Jan 2024
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New year, new reporting standards for issues that matter most

Two of the GRI Sector Standards come into effect from 1 January

10 Jan 2024
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Protecting nature is central to the climate change debate

Reflections on COP28 and what it means for biodiversity

12 Jan 2024
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