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 took place on 25-26 September 2018. The agenda and discussion documents can be found below.

GSSB in-person Meeting – 25-26 September 2018

This meeting had public and private sessions.

You can listen to the recordings of the meeting below. 

Day 1: 25 September 2018​

Public session Documents Recording

09:00-09:30 CEST ​

Session 1: Welcome

 - Overview of agenda for the meeting

 - Approval of the GSSB 28 June meeting draft summary

 - Electronic vote summary

Item 00 - Meeting agenda

Item 01_- GSSB 28 June 2018 summary

Item 02 - Summary of the GSSB vote on the Project Working Group Membership for the Review of GRI Waste Disclosures

Recording 1

09:30-10:00 CEST

​Session 2: General update Standards Division 


Recording 1

10:00-10:30 CEST

Session 3: Project update: Human Rights-related GRI Standards


Recording 1

10:45-12:00 CEST

Session 4: Project update: Disclosures on tax and payments to governments


Item 03 - GRI taxes and payments to governments - draft standards

Recording 2

12:00-12:15 CEST

Session 5: Stakeholder Submissions


Item 04 - Stakeholder feedback on disability reporting

Item 04.1 - Stakeholder feedback on disability reporting

Recording 2

12:15-12:30 CEST

Session 6: Close of public meeting Day 1

None Recording 2
Private session Documents  Recording

13:30-17:15 CEST

None  NA

Day 2: 26 September 2018​

Private session Documents  Recording

09:00-15:00 CEST                                                            

None                                                                                                                             NA