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.
Eric Hespenheide, the inaugural Chair of the GSSB, has stepped down from this position concurrent with his appointment as the GRI Interim Chief Executive. In line with the GSSB Terms of Reference, Vice-Chair Michael Nugent will chair GSSB meetings until a new Chair is appointed by the Independent Appointments Committee (IAC).
There is currently an open call for nominations for new members to join the GSSB and to fill the role of the GSSB Chair, for terms beginning 1 January 2017.
Open Call for Nominations: GSSB members and GSSB Chair
The GSSB has five vacancies for stakeholders – starting 1 January 2017 and lasting for a term of three years.Open call for nominations: GSSB members and GSSB Chair
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Global Sustainability Standards Board and its work.GSSB FAQ
Next GSSB Meeting
Learn more about the GSSB's meetings by accessing agendas, discussion documents and Livestream sessions from current or past proceedings.
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 next meeting of the GSSB is scheduled for 23 November.
You can listen the Livestream of the 23 November meeting here.
GSSB Virtual Meeting – 23 November 2016
This meeting is public
Session 1: Welcome and approval of previous meeting summary
Session 2: Update from Interim CE
Session 3: Project Proposal on Occupational Health and Safety
|Item 02 - Project Proposal: Review of GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety|
Session 4: Update on Standards-related queries
|Item 03 - Summary of technical questions on the GRI Standards (November 2016)|
Session 5: AOB