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 27 June 2019. The agenda and discussion documents can be found below.

GSSB Virtual Meeting – 27 June 2019

This meeting had public and private sessions.

You can find the GSSB approved summary of 27 June virtual meeting here shortly and listen to the recordings of the meeting here.

Public session Documents

​13:00-13:10 CEST ​

Session 1: Welcome and approval of the summary of the GSSB meeting of 25-26 March 2019

Item 00 - Meeting agenda

Item 01 - Draft summary of the GSSB meeting held on 25-26 March 2019


13:10-13:20 CEST

​Session 2: Approval of the project working group for GRI Sector Standard for oil, gas and coal

Item 02 - Proposed project working group composition of the Oil, Gas and Coal Sector Standard

Item 03 - Overview of project working group membership applications - Oil, Gas, and Coal Sector Standard

13:20-13:45 CEST

Session 3: Update on the project Tax and Payments to Governments

Item 04 - [Item 01 - 1 May 2019] Proposal for replacement of membership for GRI Technical Committee on tax and payments to governments

Item 05 - Summary of GSSB vote for the replacement of a membership for GRI Technical Committee on tax and payments to governments

13:45-14:25 CEST

Session 4: Update on the project Review of the GRI Universal Standards

Item 06 - Update on review of GRI 102: General Disclosures 2016 (Universal Standards Project Work Stream 4)

14:25-14:35 CEST

Session 5: Any other business and close of public meeting

Private session Documents

14:35-15:00 CEST

Private session