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).

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.

Get involved with 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.


Next 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 next meeting of the GSSB is scheduled for 23 February. 

GSSB Virtual Meeting – 23 February 2017 

This meeting is public.

You can listen to the Livestream of the 23 February meeting here.

Public session Documents

​13:00-13:10 CET ​

Session 1: Welcome and approval of previous meeting summary

Item 00 - Meeting Agenda

Item 01 - Summary 15 December GSSB meeting

13:10-13:40 CET

​Session 2: Welcome and introductions of new GSSB members

Item 02 - Bios of new GSSB members

13:40-14:00 CET

Session 3: GSSB Annual Report

Item 03 - Draft GSSB Annual Report 2016

14:00-14:30 CET

Session 4: Update on Standard Reviews: Water, OHS, and Human Rights


14:30-15:00 CET

Session 5: AOB

Technical Enquiries

Update on GRI Standards launch events and translations

Update Developments GRI Secretariat

Draft agenda for March in-person meeting

Item 04 - Summary of technical questions on the GRI Standards

Item 05 - Update on GRI Standards launch events and translations