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 21-22 March 2017

GSSB In-person Meeting: 21-22 March 2017 

This meeting had public and private sessions.

You can listen to the Livestream of the 21-22 March meeting at the recording links, below.

Day 1: 21 March 2017

Public session Documents Livestream

​09:00-09:30 CET ​

Session 1.1: Welcome 

Review of agenda for the meeting and approval meeting summary

Item 00 - Meeting Agenda

Item 01 - Summary 23 February meeting

Item 02 - Summary 07 March meeting

Recording 1

09:30-10:00 CET

​Session 1.2: Update on activities GRI Standards Division

Item 03 - GSSB Workplan

Recording 1

10:00-11:00 CET

Session 1.3: Discuss technical enquiries and GRI's monitoring approach


Item 04 - Summary of Technical Questions on the GRI Standards

Recording 1

11:15-12:30 CET

Session 1.4: Discuss scope of GRI 201: Economic Performance review

Item 05 - Background on review of GRI 201: Economic Performance Recording 2

12:30-12:35 CET

Session 1.5: Close of public meeting Day 1

None Recording 2
 Private session Documents Livestream
13:35-17:05 CET

Session 1.6: Background briefings

- GRI-UNGC SDG Collaboration

- CLG on Integrated Reporting

- Update from GRI CE

Private NA

Day 2: 22 March 2017

Public session Documents Livestream

​09:00-09:15 CET ​ 

Session 2.1: Welcome and review of agenda of Day 2

None Recording 1

09:15-10:30 CET

​Session 2.2: Discuss review of Human Rights-related Standards

Item 09 - Discussion paper on the review of GRI’s Human Rights-related Standards

Recording 1

10:45-11:30 CET

Session 2.3: Discuss Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) draft recommendations and implications for GRI Standards


Item 10 - Submission GRI TCFD Publication

Recording 2

11:30-12:30 CET

Session 2.4: Discuss prioritization of standard setting projects

None Recording 2

13:30-14:30 CET

Session 2.5: Update on current GRI Standard Reviews: GRI 303: Water and GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety

None Recording 3

14:30-15:15 CET

Session 2.6: Review GSSB Workplan

Item 03 - GSSB Workplan Recording 3

15:30-16:00 CET

Session 2.7: AOB

None Recording 3

16:00-16:10 CET

Session 2.8: Close of Public Meeting Day 2

None Recording 3
 Private session Documents Livestream
16:10-16:45 CET

Session 2.9: Background briefings

- GSSB Reflection Session

Private NA