Harmonising standards across the industry
Ensuring that supply chains respect sustainability standards at all levels is key to protecting people, products and the planet, whether supply chains are large or small, global or local, at-sea or on land. Third-party auditing, monitoring and certification schemes offer a sense of confidence to suppliers, buyers and consumers, but with each scheme taking its own approach to evaluating sustainability, the process of choosing a scheme can be confusing when presented with hundreds of options to choose from.
The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) builds confidence in sustainability standards and audits by recognising third-party auditing, monitoring and certification schemes that cover key sustainability requirements and apply relevant governance and verification practices. In only three years, the SSCI has become a leading industry source for defining social sustainability criteria with its large network of SSCI members, stakeholders, and partners.
The SSCI is committed to building trust in the consumer goods industry by benchmarking third-party auditing, monitoring and certification schemes, focusing first on social compliance. The SSCI currently operates a social compliance benchmark for schemes covering activities in the Manufacturing & Processing, At-Sea Operations, and Primary Production sectors.
The SSCI has also initiated work to expand the SSCI Benchmark to include environmental sustainability and plans to launch Manufacturing & Processing, Primary Production, and Forestry environmental scopes in 2023 and 2024.
Following a decision made by the CGF Board of Directors, the SSCI is launched. Two Technical Working Groups are created to develop the Benchmark Criteria on Social and Scheme Management Compliance under the SSCI’s first benchmarking scope on Manufacturing & Processing. More than 50 selected stakeholders are engaged for additional feedback and expert comments.
The SSCI publishes the first versions of the Scheme Management Benchmark Criteria and the Social Benchmark Criteria for its Manufacturing & Processing scope.
The SSCI opens the SSCI Benchmark to the fishing, agriculture and land-based aquaculture sectors with the launch of Social Criteria for its new At-Sea Operations and Primary Production scopes. The Social Criteria for each scope have been developed in close collaboration with the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), bringing together the SSCI’s experience in supply chain social compliance and the GSSI’s expertise in the seafood sector, with support from IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative.
The SSCI announces BRCGS has completed the Benchmark process and achieved SSCI Recognition under the Manufacturing & Processing scope. As the first scheme to be recognised, BRCGS demonstrates leadership in the effort to build credibility among sustainability standards worldwide.
CEO members of the CGF Board of Directors publish a statement encouraging relevant supply chain partners to undertake the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) benchmarking process by the end of 2023. The statement highlights the CGF Board’s ambition to benefit the wider industry by ensuring that third-party certification schemes and programmes are meeting evolving global supply chain due diligence requirements.
The SSCI announces it is extending its sphere of influence to third-party environmental sustainability audit, monitoring, and certification schemes. With the support from the CGF’s member companies’ CEOs and the experience gained assessing an increasing number of schemes against the SSCI Benchmark’s social scopes, the SSCI’s Steering Committee voted in July 2022 in favour of resuming work on the development of a scope within the SSCI Benchmarking Requirements addressing environmental sustainability.
The SSCI announces the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) has completed the benchmarking process and achieved SSCI Recognition under the At-Sea Operations scope. As the first scheme to be recognised under this scope, RFVS demonstrates leadership and excellence in the fishing sector.
The SSCI announces SIZA, the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa, has completed the benchmarking process and achieved SSCI Recognition under the Manufacturing & Processing and Primary Production scopes. As the first scheme to be recognised under the Primary Production scope, and the first scheme to be recognised under two scopes, SIZA demonstrates leadership and excellence in the sustainability sector.