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 7 February 2019. The agenda and discussion documents can be found below.

GSSB Virtual Meeting – 7 February 2019

This meeting had public sessions.

You can listen to the livestreaming of the meeting here. 

Public session Documents

​13:00-13:10 CEST ​

Session 1: Welcome and approval of the GSSB draft summary 29 November virtual meeting 

Item 00 - Meeting agenda

Item 01 - GSSB draft summary 29 November virtual meeting


13:10-13:30 CEST

​Session 2: GSSB introduction to new members

Item 02 - GSSB introduction to new members

13:30-14:10 CEST

Session 3: Sector Program 

Item 03 - Sector Program Description

Item 04 - GSSB Project Proposal for an Oil and Gas Sector Standard

Item 05 - GSSB Project Proposal for an Agriculture Sector Standard

Item 06 - GSSB Project Proposal for a Textiles and Apparel Sector Standard

14:10-14:55 CEST

Session 4: Review of Human Rights Disclosure

Item 07 – GSSB Recommendations of the GRI Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure
Item 08 – GSSB Proposed appointment to the GRI Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure
Item 09 - GSSB Draft Project Proposal for the Review of GRI's Universal Standards

14:55-15:00 CEST

Session 5: Any other business and close of meeting