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

Do you want to be part of the group developing the Oil, Gas, and Coal Sector Standard?

The GSSB is conducting an open call to determine the membership of the Project Working Group for this project. The GSSB is seeking members from business enterprises, investment institutions, mediating institutions, and civil society organizations with extensive expertise on a broad range of issues for the sector, from a sustainable development perspective.

If you are an expert in sustainable development for the oil, gas, and coal sector and are interested in joining the Project Working Group, you are invited to nominate yourself by submitting your CV and an application form before 24:00 CET on 4 May 2019. Before submitting your application, please ensure that you have the necessary internal approval(s) for participating in the PWG. If you need assistance applying, please send an email to


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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