Sector Standard Project for Mining

Mining public comment period underway until 30 April

Public Comment Period

The exposure draft of GRI Sector Standard for Mining has been approved by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) and is open for public comment. One of the main objectives of the public comment period is to test the draft for clarity, feasibility, completeness, and relevance. It also aims to ensure that the topics identified accurately reflect the sector’s most significant impacts on the economy, environment, and people; and that the list of disclosures included for each topic is relevant for organizations in the sector. 


Engaging during the consultation

Standards Division is organizing a range of free global and regional webinars to share key insights on the draft Standard’s contents and collect views from stakeholders relevant to the mining sector’s impacts. ​For more information about regional engagements and available materials, please send an email to [email protected].


The importance of this Standard

Mining is a key sector in many economies, making a sizable contribution to production, exports and government revenues. Minerals produced by this sector can also be fundamental for large parts of the economy. Mining also has a high environmental and social impact, often concentrated in and around extraction sites. Mining can require exclusive access to large areas and the influx of large workforces and may operate in regions where there is a higher risk of human rights abuses or effects on indigenous peoples’ rights. 

Read the Project Proposal for more information.

About this project

Mining has been approved by the Global Sustainability Standards Board to be the next sector for which a standard will be developed, as part of priority group one. Sectors are prioritized based on the seriousness and the likelihood of their impacts and consider the overall size of the sector, their distribution around the world, and the number of organizations that are in a position to use the GRI Standards.

The Standard is being developed by a multi-stakeholder expert Working Group, appointed by the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB). See here the biographies of the Working Group members.

For more information about the responsibilities of the Working Group, see the Terms of Reference.

It is proposed that the Sector Standard for Mining will apply to organizations whose primary focus lies on:

  • Exploration and extraction, including quarrying, and primary processing of all types of minerals, metallic and non-metallic, except for oil, gas, and coal. 
  • Support activities for mining, such as transport and storage.
  • Supply of specialized products and services to mining organizations, such as engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors.

The following reporting Standards for other extractive sectors are now available in multiple languages:

Launched in 2022, the Sector Standard for Coal - GRI 12: Coal Sector 2022 - encompasses reporting across a broad value chain, applying to all organizations involved in coal mining, exploration, processing, transport and storage.

Sector Standard for Oil and Gas - GRI 11: Oil and Gas 2021 - applies to any organization involved in oil and gas exploration, production, storage, transportation, or refining, including those that supply equipment and services to oil fields and offshore platforms.

Project overview

Q2 - Q4 2021
Project commencement
Q3 – Q4 2021
Appointment of the Mining Working Group.
Q1 - Q4 2022
Development of exposure draft
Q1 - Q2 2023
Public comment period
Q2 - Q3 2023
Consideration of public feedback and revision
Q4 2023
Release of final Sector Standard (expected)

Related documents

GRI Sector Program Mining exposure draft file 03 Feb 2023 English 2.3 MB
GRI Sector Standard Project for Mining Public Comment period questionnaire file 03 Feb 2023 English 289 KB
GRI Sector Standard Project for Mining FAQs file 07 Feb 2023 English 134 KB
GRI Sector Program Description file 07 Feb 2019 English 449 KB
GSSB Work Program 2020-2022 file 01 Dec 2020 English 221 KB
GRI Sector Standards Project for Mining – Project proposal file 25 Aug 2021 English 184 KB
GRI Sector Standards Project for Mining – Working group terms of reference file 25 Aug 2021 All 194 KB

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