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.


Next 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 next meeting of the GSSB will take place on 22 February 2018. The agenda and discussion documents can be found below.

GSSB Virtual Meeting – 22 February 2018 

This meeting has public and private sessions.

You can listen to the livestream of the meeting here.


Public session Documents

​13:00-13:05 CEST ​

Session 1: Welcome and approval of previous meeting summary

Item 00 - Meeting Agenda

Item 01 - GSSB Summary 25 January 2018 meeting

13:05-13:25 CEST

​Session 2: Research and FAQ response for the status of definitions in the GRI Standards Glossary

Item 02 - GSSB Status of definitions in the GRI Standards Glossary

13:25-13:45 CEST

Session 3: GSSB Project Proposal for Standard interpretation for making a GRI referenced claim

Item 03 - GSSB Project Proposal for Standard interpretation for making a GRI referenced claim

13:45-14:10 CEST

Session 4: Update on GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety and GRI 303: Water



14:10-14:15 CEST

Session 5: Any other business and close of public sessions

Private session  Documents

14:15-14:55 CEST

Session 6: Disclosure Services Review update


14:55-15:00 CEST

Session 7: Any other business and close of meeting