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GRI Launches Farming and Fishing Sustainability Standard

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has launched the GRI Agriculture, Aquiculture and Fishing Sector Standard, also to be known as the GRI 13. According to GRI, it is the first global and holistic sustainability reporting standard for companies in the upstream production of animals, seafood and crops. It is intended to set expectations for the disclosure of the sector’s distinct and shared impacts, disclosures on food security, land and resource rights, living wage and income, natural ecosystem conversion, animal welfare, soil health, and pesticides use and reporting on the multiplying effects of the sectors on UN Sustainable Development Goals. Judy Kuszewski, Chair of the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB), the independent entity responsible for setting the GRI Standards, said: “It’s clear that ‘business as usual’ by companies will not result in the sustainability transformation we need to see. Shining the spotlight on the most significant impacts of organisations involved in crop cultivation, animal production, fishing or aquaculture, GRI 13 brings the clarity and consistency needed to inform responsible decision making.” 

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