Sector Standard Project for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fishing

Analysis of public feedback underway

The importance of this Standard

These sectors have been prioritized based on their widely documented impacts across economic, environmental, and social dimensions, including impacts on climate change and biodiversity, food security, farming and fishing practices, and community engagement.

Agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing industries share common impacts associated with the production of food and non-food products and are fundamental to supporting food systems and producing materials like fibers and fuels. Transparency around these impacts enables sustainable development by contributing to preserving biodiversity and natural resources, mitigating climate change, and adapting farming and fishing practices to minimize impacts.

This project aims to help agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing organizations identify likely material topics, improving the way they disclose and manage their impacts. 


About this project

In 2019, the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), GRI's independent standard setting body, initiated a project under the Sector Program to develop a Standard for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fishing. 

The aim of this project is to identify and describe the most significant impacts and stakeholder concerns for the agriculture, aquaculture and fishing sectors from a sustainable development perspective, which will serve as a foundation for increased transparency and more consistent reporting for organizations in the sectors.

An expert and multi-stakeholder project working group was appointed by the GSSB and is leading the development of the Sector Standard.

The project will follow the GSSB's Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which will be overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee.

Learn more about the GRI Sector Program here.

Project update

A public comment period for the exposure draft of the Sector Standard for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fishing took place from 19 June to 30 July 2021. 

The exposure draft was developed by an expert multi-stakeholder working group with the help of international instruments and sources. All public comments received will be considered by the working group and the Global Sustainability Standards Board, and will inform the further development of the standard. Responses obtained during the public comment period will soon be published on this page.

Project overview

Q1 2019
Project commencement
Q3 - Q4 2021
Consideration of public comment and revisions
Q1 2022
Expected release of Sector Standard

Related Documents

GRI Sector Program Description file 07 Feb 2019 English 449 KB
GRI Sector Program Exposure Draft For Agriculture Aquaculture Fishing file 02 Aug 2021 English 4.6 MB
GRI Sector Standards Project for Agriculture and Fishing – Project proposal file 19 Sep 2020 English 215 KB
GSSB Due Process Protocol 2018 file 18 Oct 2018 English 213 KB
GSSB Terms of Reference file 18 Oct 2018 English 108 KB
GRI Sector Standards Agriculture and Fishing – Working group terms of reference file 19 Sep 2020 English 227 KB
Agriculture and Fishing project working group members file 20 Sep 2020 English 1019 KB
GSSB Work Program 2020-2022 file 01 Dec 2020 English 146 KB

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