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

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 24-25 September 2019. The agenda and discussion documents can be found below.

GSSB In-person Meeting – 24-25 September 2019

This meeting has public and private sessions.

You will be able to listen to the livestream of the in-person meeting here.

Day 1: 24 September 2019

Public session Documents

09:00-09:30 CEST ​

Session 1.1:

 

 

  • Welcome and overview of the agenda for the meeting
  • Approval draft summary of the GSSB meeting held on 27 June 2019
  • Update public comment feedback on the exposure draft of GRI Waste disclosure
  • Stakeholder submissions
  • Summary of GSSB approval for the proposed project working group composition of the Oil, Gas, and Coal sector standard
  • GSSB meeting dates 2019/2020

 

Item 00 - Meeting agenda

Item 01 - Draft summary of the GSSB meeting held on 27 June 2019

Item 02 - Stakeholder submissions

Item 03 - Summary of GSSB approval for the proposed project working group composition of the Oil, Gas, and Coal Sector standard

09:30-10:30 CEST

​Session 1.2: Approval of GRI 207: Tax 2019

Item 04 - Final version of GRI 207: Tax 2019

Item 05 - Draft GSSB basis for conclusions for GRI 207: Tax 2019

 

Private session Documents

10:45-12:15 CEST

Private session

None
Public session Documents

13:15-14:30 CEST

Session 1.4 : Update on the project to review the GRI universal Standards (including review of human rights-related GRI Standards)

Item 06 - Introduction to recommended revisions to GRI's universal Standards

Item 07 - Recommended option for incorporating human rights and due diligence disclosure to the GRI Standards (Paper A)

14:45-16:00 CEST

Session 1.5: Update on the project to review the GRI universal Standards (including review of human rights-related GRI Standards)

Item 08 - Recommended revisions of the GRI Reporting Principles and related concepts (Paper B)

16:15-17:00 CEST

Session 1.6: Update on the project to review the GRI universal Standards (including review of human rights-related GRI Standards) 

Item 09 - Recommended revisions to GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (Paper C)

17:00-17:15 CEST

Session 1.7: Summary of day 1/Close of day 1

 None

 Day 2: 25 September 2019

Public session Documents

​09:00-09:15 CEST

Session 2.1: Welcome and review of agenda of day 2 

None

09:15-10:30 CEST

Session 2.2: Update on the project to review the GRI universal Standards (including review of human rights-related GRI Standards)

Item 10: Recommended revisions of GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016 (Paper D)

10:45-12:00 CEST

Session 2.3: Update on the project to review the GRI universal Standards (including review of human rights-related GRI Standards)

Item 11: Recommended revisions to the GRI reporting model (Paper E)

13:00-14:30 CEST

Session 2.4: GSSB Work Program

None

14:45-15:45 CEST

Session 2.5: GRI Secretariat Update

Item 12: Registration requirement

15:45-16:00 CEST

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

None