The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which administers the most widely used reporting guidelines for conducting sustainability reports, on Tuesday announced the next step in creating a new sustainability reporting standard for agriculture and fishing.
The multi-stakeholder group, which met virtually for the first time, named the members of the project working group leading the work to create the new ag and fishing standard.
The working group “will now take forward the project to help companies with agriculture and fishing activities in their value chain understand their role in sustainable development and promote transparency and accountability.”
The 18 members of the new working group are:
- Ligia Baracat, First Peoples Programme (UK)
- Madison Boyd, JBS (USA)
- Rik Beukers, World Benchmarking Alliance (Netherlands)
- Valérie Bizier, UN Food & Agriculture Organization (Italy)
- Joel Brounen, Solidaridad Network (Colombia)
- Chris Brown, Olam International (UK)
- Jaqueline Dixon, Incite / Hong Kong Sustainable Seafood Coalition (South Africa)
- Roxana Dobre, Sustainalytics (Germany)
- Aurélie Gupta, Credit Suisse (Singapore)
- Tor Eirik Hommes, Grieg Seafood ASA (UK)
- Brian Lindsay, Dairy Sustainability Framework (UK)
- Darian McBain, Thai Union (Australia)
- Gary Philip, Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd (New Zealand)
- Marina Prada, Syngenta (Switzerland)
- Leah Samberg, Rainforest Alliance/Accountability Framework Initiative (USA)
- Ruth Thomas, WBCSD (UK)
- Jean-François Timmers, WWF (Brazil)
- Yvonne Zhang, Halcyon Agri Co Ltd (Singapore)
The group will develop a draft Agriculture and Fishing Sector Standard, which will undergo a public comment period in the first half of 2021 before further development. The final standard is expected to publish by the end of next year.
The Global Sustainability Standard’s Board (GSSB), the independent body that sets the GRI Standards, launched the sector program in 2019.
Last week, GRI launched the new waste reporting and measuring standards.