Public comment period underway until 30 July
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.
A public comment period is underway to gather input on the exposure draft for a Sector Standard for Coal. Developed by an independent 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:
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.
The exposure draft for a Sector Standard: Coal, as developed by the working group, identifies reporting across 22 most critical sustainability topics for organizations with coal activities, covering climate change, the environment, health and safety, employment, communities, and resource governance.
An expert and multi-stakeholder project working group was appointed by the GSSB and is leading the development of the Sector Standard.
Learn more about the GRI Sector Program here.
|GRI Sector Program Description||file||07 Feb 2019||English||449 KB|
|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|
|GRI Universal Standards project exposure draft||file||19 Sep 2020||English||4.1 MB|
|GRI Universal Standards explanatory memorandum||file||19 Sep 2020||English||349 KB|
|GSSB Terms of Reference||file||18 Oct 2018||English||108 KB|
|GSSB Work Program 2020-2022||file||01 Dec 2020||English||146 KB|