< Back to Blog Listings

New Technical Committee to Review Human Rights Standards

human rights puzzle-blog.jpg

The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) has initiated a project to review the GRI standards that relate to the topic of human rights.

The project aims to align the human rights-related GRI standards with key authoritative intergovernmental instruments, such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It also aims to review and revise the range of human rights-related topics covered in the standards, and the related disclosures, to ensure they reflect best practice.

The review will be carried out in two phases.

  • Phase 1: A conceptual review of the human rights content of the GRI Standards, and overall alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 
  • Phase 2: The updating of individual Standards with human rights content (e.g., GRI 408: Child Labor, GRI 409: Forced or Compulsory Labor), and the development of new Standards or disclosures as needed.

The project will follow the GSSB’s Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which will be overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee. In line with this protocol, a multi-stakeholder Technical Committee has been formed to develop draft recommendations for Phase 1 of the project.

The GRI Technical Committee on Human Rights Disclosure is made up of 10 members.

  • Tracey Davies, Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), South Africa
  • Kirstine Drew,Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC),France
  • Tyler Gillard, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France
  • Peter Hall, International Organisation of Employers (IOE), Switzerland
  • Juana Kweitel, Conectas Human Rights, Brazil
  • Caroline Rees, Shift, United States of America
  • Thomas Trier Hansen,Nordic Law Group, Denmark
  • Margaret Wachenfeld, Themis Research, Belgium
  • Lene Wendland, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Switzerland
  • Vanessa Zimmerman, Independent Expert, Australia

Further information about the review can be found in the Project Proposal. Please click here to stay informed about project updates. Questions can be emailed to humanrights@globalreporting.org.