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 11-12 April 2018. The agenda and discussion documents can be found below.

GSSB In-Person Meeting – 11-12 April 2018

This meeting had public and private sessions.

You can listen to a recording of day one morning session here. You can listen to a recording of day one afternoon session here.

 

Day 1: 11 April 2018

Public session Documents

​09:00-09:15 CET ​

Session 1.1: Welcome 

Review of agenda for the meeting and approval meeting summary

Item 00 - Meeting Agenda

Item 01 - Draft Summary 22 March 2018 GSSB Meeting

 

​09:15-10:15 CET

Session 1.2: Update Standards Division

 None

10:15-10:45 CET

Session 1.3: FAQ on the status of definitions in the GRI Standards Glossary

Item 02 - FAQ on the status of definitions in the GRI Standards Glossary

11:00-12:00 CET

Session 1.4: Standard Interpretation for making GRI reference claim

Standard Interpretation for Disclosure 401-1

Item 03 - Final GSSB Project Proposal for developing a Standard Interpretation for making a GRI-referenced claim

Item 04 - Standard Interpretation for making a GRI-referenced claim

Item 05 - Final GSSB Project Proposal for developing a Standard Interpretation for Disclosure 401-1

Item 06 - Standard Interpretation for Disclosure 401-1

13:00-13:45 CET

Session 1.5: GRI 303: Water and Effluents

Item 07 - Draft version of GRI 303: Water and Effluents

Item 08 - Draft GSSB basis for conclusions for first public comment on GRI 303: Water and Effluents

Item 09 - Draft GSSB basis for conclusions for second public comment on GRI 303: Water and Effluents

Item 17 - Final version of GRI 303: Water and Effluents 

13:45-14.30 CET

Session 1.6: GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

Item 10 - Final version of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

Item 11 - Draft GSSB basis for conclusions for GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

14:30-14:45 CET

Session 1.7: Independent Appointments Committee (IAC) update

 

 None

15:00-15:55 CET

Session 1.8: Review Sector Program 

 

 None

 

15:55-16:00 CET

Session 1.9: Close of public meeting Day 1 

 None
 Private session Documents

16:00-17:00 CET

Session 1.10: Executive session

 None

17:00-17:15 CET

Session 1.11: Summary of Day 1 / Close of private session

 None

Day 2: 11 April 2018

You can listen to a recording of day two of the meeting here.

 

 Private session Documents

​09:00-10:30 CET ​

Session 2.1: GRI CE Update

- Outcomes of the GRI Board meeting

- Update on GRI Secretariat activities

 None

 Public session Documents

10:45-11:00 CET ​ 

Session 2.2: Welcome and review of agenda of Day 2

None

11:00-12:30 CET

​Session 2.3: Discussion on GSSB Work Program 2018-2019

Item 12 - Revised GSSB Work Program 2017-2019 as published for public comment

Item 13 - SC Feedback on the Revised GSSB Work Program 2017-2019

Item 14 - Public comments received on the Revised GSSB Work Program 2017-2019

13:30-14:30 CET

Session 2.4: Review of GSSB Terms of Reference and GSSB Due Process Protocol

- Input to the Governance review

Item 15 - GSSB Terms of Reference

Item 16 - GSSB Due Process Protocol

14:30-14:40 CET

Session 2.5: Close of public meeting Day 2

None
Private sessions Documents

14:55-15:55 CET

Session 2.6: Network Engagement Team

- Update on digital reporting

- Discussion and orientation to new products

- Emerging Issues and Case Studies

 Private

15:55-16:00 CET

Session 2.7: Summary of Day 2 / Close of private session

 None