Development of a Sector Standard - oil, gas, and coal

The GSSB has initiated a project to develop a GRI Sector Standard for the oil, gas, and coal 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 oil, gas, and coal sector 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 sign up here to stay informed about project updates. Further questions can be emailed to


Project Working Group

The Project Working Group to develop a Sector Standard for oil, gas, and coal is made up of the following members.

Rebecca Collacott, IPIECA, UK
Penny Howard, Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union, Australia
Matt Jones, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, UK
Manjit Jus, RobecoSAM, Switzerland
Lyydia Kilpi, EITI International Secretariat, Finland
Øystein Kolstad, Equinor ASA, Norway
Jaakko Kooroshy, FTSE Russell, London Stock Exchange Group, UK
Jennifer Krill, Earthworks, USA
Joseph Martin, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
Liam McHugh, World Coal Association, UK
Silvina Oberti, YPF S.A., Argentina
David Parham, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, USA
Melanie Richards, CSR Solutions Limited, Trinidad and Tobago
Alexandra Russell, Sasol, South Africa
Jessie Uppal, United Steel Workers, Canada
Erica Westenberg, National Resource Governance Institute, USA
Susie Wood, BHP, Australia

Project timeline

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

Project Commencement (March 2019)

Call for nominations for Project Working Group (April 2019)

Project Working Group membership approved (June 2019)

Project Working Group develops draft recommendations (July-November 2019)

GSSB reviews draft recommendations (December 2019)


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