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.


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 was held on 19 July 2017

GSSB Virtual Meeting – 19 July 2017 

This meeting was public.

You can listen to the recording of the 19 July meeting here.

Public session Documents

​13:00-13:10 CEST ​

Session 1: Welcome and approval of previous meeting summaries

Item 00 - Meeting Agenda

Item 01 - Summary 29 June 2017 GSSB meeting

13:10-13:45 CEST

​Session 2: Discuss and approve Exposure Draft of GRI 303: Water and Effluents

Item 02 - Exposure draft of GRI 303: Water and Effluents

13:45-14:20 CEST

Session 3: Discuss and approve Exposure Draft of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

Item 03 - Exposure draft of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

14:20-14:45 CEST

Session 4: Discuss and approve proposed Technical Committee for Tax

Item 04 - Proposed Technical Committee membership for Tax

14:45-15:00 CEST

Session 5: AOB

- Summary of technical queries


Item 05 - Summary of technical enquiries on the GRI Standards