Sector Program

Sectors share common activities impacting the economy, environment, and society.

More consistent reporting on sector-specific impacts increases transparency and accountability for the issues that matter most. It can drive targeted action and decision-making that helps improve the impacts of organizations, while enhancing their contribution to sustainable development. 

The GRI Sector Program will develop standards for 40 sectors, starting with those that have the highest impact.  They are a new addition to the family of GRI Standards, completing and strengthening the current framework.

Read the program overview to learn more.

Reporting with the Sector Standards

The GRI Sector Standards are designed to help identify a sector's most significant impacts and reflect stakeholder expectations for sustainability reporting.

Sector Standards describe the sustainability context for a sector, outline topics that are likely material for an organization in the sector based on the sector’s significant impacts, and list disclosure that are relevant for the sector to report. 

Developed using multi-stakeholder expertise, the first Sector Standard is planned for release in the second half of 2021. 

G4 Sector Disclosures

Consult our FAQ on GRI’s previous sector-specific reporting guidance, the G4 Sector Disclosures.

Public Comment Period

The exposure drafts for two sector standard projects - agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing, and coal - have now been made available by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) for public review and input until 30 July.

Inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement is at the heart of GRI's standard-setting. We encourage organizations and individuals from all around the world to give us feedback on the clarity and completeness of the exposure drafts, and whether the identified topics accurately reflect the sectors' most significant impacts.

You can access the exposure drafts, feedback questionnaires and webinar registration links on the project pages below. 

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