Update: incorporation in GRI's universal Standards

The GSSB has initiated a project to review GRI’s universal Standards. One of the drivers of this project is to address the recommendations arising from Phase 1 of the current review of GRI's human rights-related Standards (described below). Please keep your eye on the page of the review of GRI's universal Standards to stay informed about further updates.  

Review of GRI’s human rights-related Standard: about the project

The GSSB has initiated a project to review the GRI Standards that relate to the topic of human rights. 

The project aims to align the human rights-related GRI Standards with key authoritative intergovernmental instruments, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It also aims to review and revise the range of human rights-related topics covered in the Standards, and the related disclosures, to ensure they reflect best practice.


The review is carried out in two phases:

Phase 1: a conceptual review of the human rights content of the GRI Standards, and overall alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights - The recommendations arising from this phase will be addresses as part of the project to review GRI’s universal Standards. 

Phase 2: the updating of individual Standards with human rights content (e.g., GRI 408: Child Labor, GRI 409: Forced or Compulsory Labor), and the development of new Standards or disclosures as needed.


The project follows 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 Technical Committee has been formed to develop draft recommendations for Phase 1 of the project.

Further information about the review can be found in the project proposal. Please sign up below if you wish to stay informed about project updates. Further questions can be emailed to humanrights@globalreporting.org.

Technical Committee

The GRI Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure is made up of the following members. Read more about them in their member bios.

TC Members: 
Tracey Davies, Just Share, South Africa
Tyler Gillard, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France
Dwight Justice, Independent Expert, Belgium
Peter Hall, International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Switzerland 
Amol Mehra, Freedom Fund, USA 
Caroline Rees, Shift, USA
Thomas Trier Hansen, Nordic Law Group, Denmark
Margaret Wachenfeld, Themis Research, Belgium
Lene Wendland, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Switzerland
Vanessa Zimmerman, Independent Expert, Australia

Kirstine Drew, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC), France [until July 2019]


Project timeline

This timeline is subject to change. For more information about the development process, see the Terms of Reference.

Project commencement (May 2017)

Phase 1 (2017-2019):
   - GSSB appoints ad hoc Technical Committee (September 2017)
   - Technical Committee develops draft recommendations (January 2018 – January 2019)
   - GSSB reviews draft recommendations (February 2019)
   - Recommendations are addressed as part of the project to review GRI’s universal Standards (please see that project's page for more details and timeline) 

Phase 2 (TBD)


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If you are interested only in human rights-related GRI Standards updates, please send an email to humanrights@globalreporting.org indicating you would like to stay informed about the development of this project.