Sector Standards Project for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fishing

Why agriculture, aquaculture and fishing

This sector has been prioritized based on its widely documented impacts across economic, environmental, and social dimensions, including its impacts on climate change, biodiversity, and human rights. This new standard project aims to help agriculture and fishing organizations improve how they disclose and manage their impacts.  

Producing a Sector Standard can help companies with agriculture and fishing activities in their value chain understand their role in sustainable development and promote positive changes in transparency and accountability in the sector. Transparency enables a much-needed discussion on the sustainable future of the food production system among a wide array of stakeholders, including companies, investors, civil society, policymakers, academia, the general public, and other stakeholders.


About this project

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

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

The project follows the GSSB Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which
is overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee


Project timelines

This timeline is subject to change

December 2019: Project commencement

April 2020: Appointment of the working group 

April-November 2020: Development of exposure draft 

Q2 2021: Public comment period 

Q3 – Q4 2021: Consideration of received comments and revisions 

End 2021: The expected release of Sector Standard

Meet our working group

A multi-stakeholder working group appointed by the GSSB began its work on the project in April 2020. 


Related documents

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

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