On 28th October 2022, the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI), a Coalition of Action from The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), continued its work to develop a benchmark for independent environmental sustainability audit and compliance standards by convening a meeting with SSCI members and key stakeholders. Hosted at the CGF’s annual Sustainable Retail Summit in Amsterdam, the meeting focused on initiating dialogue between the SSCI and stakeholders including UNEP, IDH, ISEAL, BSI, and RSPO to better understand common objectives, opportunities, and challenges in the SSCI’s work to develop environmental benchmark criteria.
The SSCI currently operates a benchmark to recognise third-party social sustainability auditing, monitoring, and certification standards that cover key sustainability requirements and apply relevant governance and verification practices. Schemes and programmes are benchmarked against criteria developed by the industry, for the industry, which define the sustainability topics that assessments should cover as well as set expectations for how they operate.
The SSCI now seeks to build upon this current social benchmark to develop environmental criteria so that environmental standards may be benchmarked as well, working towards the SSCI’s goal to drive harmonisation, confidence, and continuous improvement of sustainability standards worldwide.
The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative, a CEO-led Coalition of Action from The Consumer Goods Forum, is committed to building trust by offering clear guidance on which third-party sustainability compliance auditing, certification and monitoring programmes are credible, trustworthy, and meet industry expectations for sustainability. For more information about the SSCI, visit www.tcgfssci.com.