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 most recent meeting of the GSSB took place on 26 October 2017. The agenda and discussion documents can be found here.

GSSB Virtual Meeting – 30 November 2017 

This meeting has public sessions.

You can listen to the livestream of the meeting here.

Public session Documents

13:00-13:05 CEST ​

Session 1: Welcome 

Approval of previous meeting summary

Item 00 - Meeting Agenda

Item 01 - Summary 26 October 2017 GSSB meeting

13:05-13:25 CEST

​Session 2: Updated GSSB Work Program 2017-2019

 Item 02 - GSSB Work Program 2017-2019

13:25-13:55 CEST

Session 3: Update GRI 303: Water and Effluents and GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

 No documents

13:55-14:25 CEST

Session 4: Summary of Technical Enquiries on the GRI Standards

Item 03 - Summary of Technical Enquiries on the GRI Standards

14:25-14:35 CEST

Session 5: Proposed membership for GRI Technical Committee on Tax and payments to government and proposed membership for GRI Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure


Item 04 - Proposed membership for GRI Technical Committee on Tax and payments to government

Item 05 - Proposed membership for GRI Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure

14:35-14:45 CEST

Session 6: Proposed Code of Conduct amendments

Item 06 - Draft Code of Conduct for the development of GRI Standards

14:45-14:55 CEST

Session 7: Farewell to departing GSSB members

  -  Jorge Daniel Taillant

  -  Stiaan Wandrag

No document

14:55-15:00 CEST

Session 8: AOB and close of meeting

No document