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


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


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 28 June 2018. The agenda and discussion documents can be found below.

GSSB Virtual Meeting – 28 June 2018

This meeting had public and private sessions.

You can listen to the recording of the meeting here. 

Public session Documents

​13:00-13:05 CEST ​

Session 1: Welcome and approval of the GSSB 11-12 April in-person meeting draft summary

Item 00 - Meeting agenda

Item 01- GSSB 11-12 April in-person summary

13:10-13:20 CEST

​Session 2: Standards Division updateee


13:20-13:40 CEST

Session 3: Update on 

 - Review of GRI's Human Rights-related Standards

 - Disclosure on tax and payments to government


13:40-13:50 CEST

Session 4: Proposed Project Working Group Composition for the review of GRI Waste Disclosure


13:50-14:05 CEST

Session 5: GSSB in-person meeting 25-26 September


14:05-14:10 CEST

Session 6: Any other business and close of public meeting

Private session Documents

14:1o-14:15 CEST

Session 7: Approval of GSSB 21 May private virtual meeting draft summary


14:15-14:35 CEST

Session 8: Update on recommendations to the GRI Board and changes to the GSSB Due Process and ToR


14:35-14:55 CEST

Session 9: GSSB Feedback on NET Guidance and Practice projects communications


14:55-15:00 CEST

Session 10: Any other business and close of meeting