The GSSB has initiated a project to develop a GRI Sector Standard for the agriculture and fishing sector. This sector has been prioritized because it has widely documented impacts across the economic, environmental, and social dimensions, such as impacts on climate change, biodiversity, and human rights.

The agriculture and fishing project aims to identify and describe the sector’s significant impacts and stakeholder concerns from a sustainable development perspective. The resulting Sector Standard will provide support for companies as they conduct their own materiality process.

The project will follow the GSSB’s Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which will be overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee. In line with this protocol, a multi-stakeholder Project Working Group will be formed to develop draft recommendations for the project. Further information can be found in the project proposal. Please keep your eye on this page, or register for updates below. 

Project Working Group

The open call for the Agriculture and Fishing Sector Standard Project Working Group has now closed. We are now working to process all applications. The Project Working Group members will be appointed by the GSSB, in line with the GSSB’s Due Process Protocol. The GSSB are scheduled to make this decision at their public meeting on 23 April 2020. 

Relevant documents

The following documents inform, guide and provide background context for the work to develop the Sector Standard for agriculture and fishing.

Project Proposal for the Agriculture and Fishing Sector Standard.pdf Terms of Reference GRI Project Working Group for the Agriculture and Fishing Sector Standard.pdf

Project timeline

This timeline is subject to change. For more information about the development process and project schedule, see the Project Working Group Terms of Reference.

Phase 1: Project commencement (December 2019) 
Phase 2: Appointment of Project Working Group (April 2020)
Phase 3: Development of Exposure Draft (April – November 2020)
Phase 4: Public exposure (expected Q4 2020 - Q1 2021)
Phase 5: Consideration of respondents’ comments on the Exposure Draft (Expected Q1 2021)
Phase 6: Approval of GRI Sector Standard (expected Q2 2021) 
Phase 7: Final Sector Standard released (expected Q4 2021) 


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