Sector Standard Project for Coal

Analysis of public feedback underway

The importance of this Standard

The Standard for coal is one of the first being developed under the Sector Program. This sector has been prioritized based on its widely documented impacts across economic, environmental, and social dimensions, including impacts on climate change, biodiversity, and human rights.

The coal sector is an important provider of raw materials for energy generation and other major industries with far-reaching impacts on the environment, people, and economies. More transparency around these impacts increases accountability and enables informed discussion on the sustainable future of the sector in light of the low-carbon transition.


About this project

The exposure draft for Coal has been developed as part of the first project in the GRI Sector Program. The project started in 2019 with the aim to develop a Sector Standard for oil, gas, and coal. In April 2020, the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), GRI's independent standard-setting body, decided to divide the Sector Standard Project for Oil Gas and Coal to create two separate Sector Standards.  The development of these standards has followed different timelines. For more information, access the GSSB meeting paper here.

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 Coal 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

Q2 2020 - Q1 2021
Development of draft sector standard for coal
Q2 2021
Pubic comment period
Q3 – Q4 2021
Consideration of public  comments 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 Coal exposure draft file 02 Aug 2021 English 4.8 MB
Oil, Gas and Coal Sector Standard Project Proposal file 26 Mar 2019 English 322 KB
Terms of Reference: GRI Project Working Group for the Oil, Gas, and Coal Sector file 27 Mar 2019 English 266 KB
GSSB Work Program 2020-2022 file 01 Dec 2020 English 146 KB
GSSB Terms of Reference file 18 Oct 2018 English 108 KB

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