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.

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.

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.


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 15 December. 

You can listen to the Livestream of the 15 December meeting here.

GSSB Virtual Meeting – 15 December 2016 

This meeting has public and private sessions.

Public session Documents

​13:00-13:10 CET ​

Session 1: Welcome and approval of previous meeting summary

Item 00 - Meeting Agenda

Item 01 - Summary 23 November GSSB meeting

13:10-13:40 CET

​Session 2: Project Proposal for review of GRI 303: Water

Item 02 - Project Proposal: Review of GRI 303: Water

13:40-13:55 CET

Session 3: SC and Board input on OHS and Water proposals


13:55-14:15 CET

Session 4: Discuss timeline and GSSB meeting agendas for Q1 2017


14:15-14:25 CET

Session 5: GSSB Membership

Item 03 - GSSB Rotation Schedule 2016

14:25-15:00 CET

Session 6: AOB

Item 04 - Summary of technical questions on the GRI Standards
Private session Documents

14:25-15:00 CET

Session 7: GSSB administrative updates