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 on this page, approximately two weeks prior to each meeting. The most recent meeting of the GSSB was scheduled for 24 May 2017


GSSB Virtual Meeting – 24 May 2017 

This meeting was public.

You can listen to the recording of the 24 May meeting here.

Public session Documents

​13:00-13:10 CET ​

Session 1: Welcome and approval of previous meeting summaries

Item 00 - Meeting Agenda

Item 01 - Summary 21-22 March 2017 GSSB meeting

Item 02 - Summary 26 April 2017 GSSB Meeting

13:10-13:30 CET

​Session 2: Discuss and approve draft project proposal for the review of GRI 201, GRI 202 and GRI 203

Item 03 - Final Project Proposal for the Review of GRI 201: Economic Performance, GRI 202: Market Presence, and GRI 203: Indirect Economic Impacts

13:30-13:50 CET

Session 3: Discuss and approve draft project proposal for Tax and Payments to Governments

Item 04 - Final Project Proposal for Disclosures on Tax and Payments to Government

13:50-14:10 CET

Session 4: Discuss and approve draft project proposal on the review of GRI's Human Rights-related Standards

Item 05 - Final Project Proposal for the Review of GRI’s Human Rights-related Standards

14:10-14:40 CET

Session 5: Update on GRI 303: Water and GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety reviews


14:40-15:00 CET

Session 6: AOB

-Summary of technical questions on the GRI Standards

- Updates on staffing and work program


Item 06 - Summary of technical questions on the GRI Standards