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

On 23 April, the GSSB appointed the Agriculture and Fishing Project Working Group to develop the Agriculture and Fishing Sector Standard. The Project Working Group members are listed below. Click here for member biographies.

Madison Boyd, JBS, USA
Rik Beukers, World Benchmarking Alliance, Netherlands
Valérie Bizier, FAO, Italy
Joel Brounen, Solidaridad Network, Colombia
Chris Brown, Olam International, UK
Jaqueline Dixon, Incite / Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition, South Africa
Roxana Dobre, Sustainalytics, Germany
Aurélie Gupta, Credit Suisse, Singapore
Tor Eirik Hommes, Grieg Seafood ASA, UK
Brian Lindsay, Dairy Sustainability Framework, UK
Darian McBain, Thai Union, Australia
Gary Philip, Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd, New Zealand
Marina Prada, Syngenta, Switzerland
Leah Samberg, Rainforest Alliance / Accountability Framework Initiative, USA
Ruth Thomas, WBCSD, UK
Jean-François Timmers, WWF, Brazil
Yvonne Zhang, Halcyon Agri Co Ltd, Singapore

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 Q1 2021)
Phase 5: Consideration of respondents’ comments on the Exposure Draft (Expected Q1 - Q2 2021)
Phase 6: Approval of GRI Sector Standard (expected Q3 2021) 
Phase 7: Final Sector Standard released (expected Q3 2021) 


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