Overview

The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) has sole responsibility for setting the first globally accepted standards for sustainability reporting – the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards.

Established as an independent operating entity under the auspices of GRI, the GSSB is formed of 15 members representing a range of expertise and multi-stakeholder perspectives on sustainability reporting. The GSSB operates under the GSSB Terms of Reference to oversee the development of the GRI Standards according to a formally defined due process.

The GSSB works exclusively in the public interest and according to the vision and mission of GRI. With the exception of some administrative discussions, which can be held privately at the GSSB’s discretion, all GSSB meetings are open to the public and available online.

Due process & development

The GRI Sustainability Reporting  Standards are the product of more than 15 years of robust, global, multi-stakeholder development.

GSSB members

The GSSB's members represent the best combination of technical expertise, diversity of experience, and multi-stakeholder perspective for the development of sustainability reporting.

GSSB meetings

​Learn more about the GSSB's meetings by accessing agendas, discussion documents and Livestream sessions from current or past proceedings.

GRI Standards updates

Learn more about past, current and future projects to update the GRI Standards – including how you can get involved.

Work Program and Standards review

GSSB FAQ

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Global Sustainability Standards Board and its work.

GSSB FAQ

Most recent GSSB meeting

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

The GSSB therefore publishes the agenda, the documents to be discussed, and a link to the Livestream approximately two weeks prior to each meeting. The most recent meeting of the GSSB took place on 25-26 March 2019. The agenda and discussion documents can be found below.

GSSB In-person Meeting – 25-26 March 2019

This meeting had public and private sessions.

You can find the GSSB approved summary of 7 February virtual meeting here and listen to the recordings of the 25-26 March meeting below.  

Day 1: 25 March 2019​

Public session Documents Recording

09:00-09:15 CEST ​

Session 1.1: Welcome

 - Overview of agenda for the meeting

 - Approval draft meeting summary 7 February

Item 00 - Meeting agenda

Item 01 - Draft summary of the GSSB meeting held on 7 February 2019

Item 02 - Stakeholder Council response to the GSSB's Sector Standard Proposals and Proposal for Review of Universal Standards

Item 03 - 2018 SC Recommendations to the GSSB

Recording

09:15-09:45 CEST

​Session 1.2: General update Standards Division 

None

Recording

09:45-10:15 CEST

Session 1.3: Update - Tax and payments to governments disclosures

None

Recording

10:30-11:15 CEST

Session 1.4: Update - Review of GRI waste disclosures

Item 04 - Exposure draft of GRI 306: Waste

Recording

11:15-12:30 CEST

Session 1.5: Update - Sector Program

Item 05 - Project Proposal for an Oil, Gas, and Coal Sector Standard

Item 06 - Terms of Reference: GRI Project Working Group for the Oil, Gas, and Coal Sector Standards

Item 02 - Stakeholder Council response to the GSSB's Sector Standard Proposals and Proposal for Review of Universal Standards

Recording

13:30-14:30 CEST

Session 1.6: Review Recommendations of the Human Rights Technical Committee - Part I

Item 07 - Recommendations of the Human Rights Technical Committee Recording

14:45-15:45 CEST

Session 1.7: Review Recommendations of the Human Rights Technical Committee - Part II

Item 07 - Recommendations of the Human Rights Technical Committee Recording

15:45-16:30 CEST

Session 1.8: Universal Standards Project Proposal - Part I

Item 08 - Project Proposal for the Review of GRI's Universal Standards

Item 02 - Stakeholder Council response to the GSSB's Sector Standard Proposals and Proposal for Review of Universal Standards

Recording

16:30-16:45 CEST

Session 1.9: Summary of day 1 / Close of day 1

None Recording

Day 2: 26 March 2019 

Public session Documents Recording

09:00-09:15 CEST ​

Session 2.1: Welcome and review of agenda of day 2

None

Recording

09:15-11:15 CEST

​Session 2.2: Universal Standards Project Proposal - Part II

Item 08 - Project Proposal for the Review of GRI's Universal Standards

Item 02 - Stakeholder Council response to the GSSB's Sector Standard Proposals and Proposal for Review of Universal Standards

Recording
Private session Documents Recording

11.30:12:30 CEST

Private sessions

None None
Public session Documents Recording

13:30-15:00 CEST

Session 2.5: GSSB Work Program

Item 03 - 2018 SC Recommendations to the GSSB Recording

15:15-15:30 CEST

Session 2.6: Any other business / Summary of day 2 / Close of public meeting

 None Recordin