The revision of GRI 303: Water 2016 has been completed. Please download the revised GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 Standard here. GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 will be effective for reports or other materials published on or after 1 January 2021. Earlier adoption is encouraged.

About the review of GRI 303: Water

In October 2016, the GSSB initiated a project to 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 included updating, expanding or deleting existing content, where appropriate.

The final Standard, published on 28 June 2018, represents global best practice on water stewardship, introducing new or improved disclosures on reporting water withdrawal, water consumption, water discharge, impacts in areas with water stress and impacts in the supply chain. The Standard was developed with expert, multi-stakeholder contributions and is rooted in the public interest.

GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 will be effective for reports or other materials published on or after 1 January 2021. Earlier adoption is encouraged. GRI 303: Water 2016 can continue to be used for reports or other materials published on or before 31 December 2020.

For any questions, please get in touch with standards@globalreporting.org.

Download GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018

Download GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 here.

To learn more about GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018, consult the Frequently Asked Questions.

Introduction to GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018

Watch an Introduction to GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018.

Download the presentation here.

Upcoming events

Please sign up for the upcoming live webinars to learn more about the revised Standard:

19 September, 9:00-10:00 am CEST

19 September, 16:00-17:00 pm CEST

Please keep an eye on this page for information about other upcoming events on the Standard release in 2018, or sign up for updates here.

Basis for Conclusions for GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018

Two public comment periods were held in the revision of GRI 303: Water. The first public comment period on the proposed changes to GRI 303: Water ran from 10 August to 9 October 2017. The second public comment period ran from 20 December 2017 to 18 February 2018.

The GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 Basis for Conclusions documents provide a summary of the public comments received. They also provide a summary of how the GSSB responded to these comments in the finalization of the Standard.

First public comment period

Full set of public feedback for GRI 303 – Public Comment Period 10 August – 9 October 2017

Basis for Conclusions for GRI 303 – Public Comment Period 10 August – 9 October 2017

Second public comment period

Full set of public feedback for GRI 303 – Public Comment Period 20 December 2017 – 18 February 2018

Basis for Conclusions for GRI 303 – Public Comment Period 20 December 2017 – 18 February 2018