Creating the latest GRI Sector Standard Project has begun

The key question is, how can organizations in the mining sector improve reporting on their sustainability performance, while be able to demonstrating accountability for their shared sustainability challenges and meet growing demands for transparency?

To fulfil these requirements a new GRI Standard is planned – through an applicable reporting standard for the sector. Recruitment has been launched in order to apply to join the Mining Sector Standard Working Group. GRI’s Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) is looking for individuals who can help shape the standard with both reporting and sustainability expertise in mining or quarrying.

Mining has already been agreed under the GRI Sector Program as the next standard to be worked on, initially on the environmental impacts of the sector, often concentrated in and around extraction sites. Moreover, the impacts of mining operations touch many social dimensions – including human rights – and economic factors, including employment creation and mineral exports.

GRI Sector Standards are planned to cover 40 sectors, with the largest sustainability impacts being prioritized. The first completed Sector Standard – for oil and gas – is expected in October, while plans for standards covering coal, agriculture, aquaculture and fishing are at an advanced stage.

«Sector Standards will help organizations increase their transparency, by focusing reporting on the issues that matter most. They will drive global consistency in the way companies within sectors disclose their shared impacts, illuminating how their actions can promote sustainable business practices. I would encourage individuals with relevant experience, working in or with mining and quarrying operators, to consider applying to join our Mining Working Group. We need diverse representation to ensure that the final Standard reflects the reporting needs of the sector and its key stakeholders.»

Bastian Buck, GRI Chief of Standards

The draft Sector Standard for Mining will be created during 2022-23, this follows the appointment of working group members, including a global public comment period, with an expected release date in Q3 2023.

Access the working group application form for more information on the requirements and how to apply. The deadline is 24:00 CET on 26 September 2021.

Source: GRI