Sector Standard Project for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fishing

Public comment period underway until 30 July

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. 


Public comment period

A public comment period is underway to gather input on the exposure draft for a Sector Standard for Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fishing. Developed by a working group, the objective of the public comment period is to test the clarity, feasibility, completeness, and relevancy of the exposure draft's content, including:

  • Whether the topics identified as likely material for organizations in the agriculture, aquaculture, and fishing sectors accurately reflect the sectors' most significant impacts on the economy, environment, and people
  • That the disclosures included for each topic are relevant for organizations in the sectors to report information on their impacts 

Register for a free webinar focused on Aquaculture and Fishing:

28 June 2021 - 10.30 a.m. CEST

5 July 2021  - 11 a.m. EDT (17:00 CEST)

To understand more, access the exposure draft and submit feedback via this online questionnaire.

Download our information leaflet.

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 and fishing sector from a sustainable development perspective, which will serve as a foundation for increased transparency and more consistent reporting for organizations in the sector.

The project follows the GSSB Due Process Protocol.

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 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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