**Please note:

The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), GRI’s independent standard-setting body, has approved the GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 Standard.

The Standard is expected to be released in June 2018, after confirmation from the Due Process Oversight Committee (DPOC) that the due process has been followed in the development of this Standard.

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Review of GRI 303: Water

The GSSB is overseeing a project to review and update the content of GRI 303: Water in 2017 and 2018.

The project's objective is to review and update the content of GRI 303: Water to ensure it is in line with internationally-agreed best practice and reflects recent developments in water management and reporting. The scope of work includes updating, expanding or deleting existing content, where appropriate.

The scope of this review also includes the effluents-related disclosures from GRI 306: Effluents and Waste, and content on effluents has been incorporated into the draft GRI 303: Water and Effluents Standard. The project follows the GSSB Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which is overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee

A first 60-day public comment period on the proposed changes to GRI 303: Water ran from 10 August to 9 October 2017. The full set of public feedback for the first public comment is now available for review.

Due to the extent of public feedback received and changes made to the draft, the GSSB decided to publish the draft for second public comment. The second 60-day public comment period ran from 20 December 2017 to 19 February 2018. The full set of public feedback for the second public comment is now available for review.

The project Working Group is currently considering all the feedback received and making the necessary updates in the draft. The GSSB will publish a separate 'Basis for Conclusions' document after the approval of GRI 303: Water, summarizing the main themes from the public comments and how they are addressed in the final Standard.   

Further information about the project can be found in the Review of GRI 303: Water project proposal. Please keep your eye on this page, or sign up below, to stay informed about the updates to GRI 303: Water. Further questions can be emailed to water@globalreporting.org

Project Working Group

The Project Working Group is made up of the following members, who have deliberated and recommended updates to GRI 303: Water. Read more about them in their member bios.

Chair of the PWG:
  Lisa Pearce, Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, South Africa
PWG members:
  Jaclyn Allen, Guess, USA
  Steve Banks, Glencore, The Netherlands
  Brooke Barton, Ceres, USA
  Henrik Cotran, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), USA
  Dr. James Dalton, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland
  Dr. Nicole Dando, CDP, UK
  Gemma James, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), UK
  Selvakumar Ramasamy, Aditya Birla Group, India
  Paul Reig, World Resources Institute (WRI), USA
  Peter Schulte, Pacific Institute, USA
  Kristel Verhoef, ACTIAM, The Netherlands
  Aaron Vermeulen, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), The Netherlands
  Jan-Willem Vosmeer, Heineken, The Netherlands
  Hayley Zipp, International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), UK
GSSB Sponsor:
  Vadakepatth Nandkumar, DNV GL Business Assurance India Pvt. Ltd., India

Project timeline

For more information about the development process and project schedule, see the Project Working Group Terms of Reference.

Phase 1: Project commencement (December 2016)
Phase 2: Appointment of Project Working Group (January – March 2017)
Phase 3: Revision of Draft GRI Standard (April – July 2017)
Phase 4: Public exposure (10 August – 9 October 2017)
Phase 5: Consideration of respondents’ comments on the Exposure Draft (October – December 2017)
Phase 6: Second public exposure (20 December 2017 – 18 February 2018)
Phase 7: Consideration of respondents’ comments on the second Exposure Draft (February – March 2018)
Phase 8: Approval of GRI Standard (April 2018) 
Phase 9: Final Standard released (expected June 2018) 

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