Access to fresh water is essential for human life and wellbeing and is an internationally recognized human right.
Through a deep understanding of their water use, organizations can assess the impacts they have on water resources that benefit the ecosystem, other water users, and the organization itself. This, in turn, informs effective water management.
GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 will be effective for reports and other materials published on or after 1 January 2021.
A first exposure draft of the updated Water and Effluents Standard was made available for a 60-day public comment period between 10 August to 9 October 2017.
Following revisions based on the received comments, a second exposure draft was made available for a 60-day public comment period between 20 December 2017 to 18 February 2018.
The GSSB Basis for conclusions provides a summary of the public comments received. It also provides a summary of how the GSSB responded to these comments in finalizing the Standard.
First public comment period
Second public comment period
In 2016, the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), GRI's independent standard-setting body, initiated a project to review and update GRI 303: Water 2016. The aim of this project was to ensure that the standard aligns with internationally agreed best practice and reflects recent developments in water management and reporting.
A multi-stakeholder Water Working Group appointed by the GSSB began its work on the project in December 2017. Two public comment periods were held for the project. All received comments were considered by the Water Working Group and the GSSB.
In April 2018, the GSSB approved the updated Standard GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018. The project followed the GSSB Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which was overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee.
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|Linking GRI and CDP: Water and Effluents||file||01 Sep 2018||English||2.3 MB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - Arabic translation||file||11 Feb 2019||Arabic||559 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - Bahasa Indonesia translation||file||08 Jun 2020||Bahasa Indonesian||445 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - French translation||file||08 Mar 2019||French||414 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - German translation||file||13 Nov 2018||German||511 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and effluents 2018 - Italian translation||file||26 Sep 2019||Italian||523 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - Japanese translation||file||29 Jan 2019||Japanese||514 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - Portuguese translation||file||13 Oct 2020||Portuguese||352 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - Spanish translation||file||08 Mar 2019||Spanish||500 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - Simplified Chinese translation||file||27 Mar 2019||Simplified Chinese||633 KB|
|GRI 303: Water and Effluents 2018 - Traditional Chinese translation||file||20 Dec 2018||Traditional Chinese||533 KB|
|GRI 303 Water project working group members||file||19 Sep 2020||English||856 KB|
|GRI Topic Standards Project for Water – Project proposal||file||19 Sep 2020||English||365 KB|
|GRI Topic Standards Project for Water – Second exposure draft||file||19 Sep 2020||English||1.3 MB|
|GRI Topic Standards Project for Water – Working group terms of reference||file||19 Sep 2020||English||533 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||221 KB|