Record of public feedback now available
These sectors have been prioritized based on their widely documented impacts across economic, environmental, and social dimensions, including impacts on climate change and biodiversity, food security, farming and fishing practices, and community engagement.
Agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing industries share common impacts associated with the production of food and non-food products and are fundamental to supporting food systems and producing materials like fibers and fuels. Transparency around these impacts enables sustainable development by contributing to preserving biodiversity and natural resources, mitigating climate change, and adapting farming and fishing practices to minimize impacts.
This project aims to help agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing organizations identify likely material topics, improving the way they disclose and manage their impacts.
Our public comment period is an opportunity to provide feedback on a proposed standard’s contents including its clarity, feasibility, completeness. It is an integral part of our standards development process which follows the GSSB's Due Process Protocol. During the recent public comment period (19 May - 30 July 2021), we received input from stakeholders from around the world helping to ensure the Standards continue to reflect the global best practice for sustainability reporting in these sectors.
All public comments received will be considered by the Working Group and the Global Sustainability Standards Board, to further inform the development of the standard.
In 2019, the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), GRI's independent standard setting body, initiated a project under the Sector Program to develop a Standard for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fishing.
The aim of this project is to identify and describe the most significant impacts and stakeholder concerns for the agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing sectors from a sustainable development perspective, which will serve as a foundation for increased transparency and more consistent reporting for organizations in the sectors.
An expert and multi-stakeholder project working group, appointed by the GSSB to lead on the development of the Sector Standard, developed the exposure draft with the help of international instruments and sources.
|GRI Sector Program Description||file||07 Feb 2019||English||449 KB|
|GRI Sector Program Exposure Draft For Agriculture Aquaculture Fishing||file||02 Aug 2021||English||4.6 MB|
|GRI Sector Standards Project for Agriculture and Fishing – Project proposal||file||19 Sep 2020||English||215 KB|
|GRI Sector Standards project for AAF public comment feedback||file||26 Aug 2021||English||268 KB|
|Agriculture and Fishing project working group members||file||20 Sep 2020||English||1019 KB|
|GSSB Due Process Protocol 2018||file||18 Oct 2018||English||213 KB|
|GSSB Terms of Reference||file||18 Oct 2018||English||108 KB|
|GRI Sector Standards Agriculture and Fishing – Working group terms of reference||file||19 Sep 2020||English||227 KB|
|GSSB Work Program 2020-2022||file||01 Dec 2020||English||146 KB|