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 audit 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 audit 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 audit and certification schemes, focusing first on social compliance. The SSCI currently benchmarks schemes in the Manufacturing & Processing sector. In 2021, the SSCI will begin benchmarking schemes that evaluate seafood, land-based agriculture, and aquaculture activities. In the future, SSCI will also evaluate schemes on environmental compliance.
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 launches its first 60-day public consultation on the Social and Scheme Management Criteria for its first benchmarking scope on Manufacturing and Processing and hosts in-person stakeholder workshops in New York and Geneva later that year. The SSCI and the GSSI also host a joint consultation workshop at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Barcelona as part of their collaboration to develop a benchmarking scope for the seafood industry.
The SSCI begins recruiting independent experts to perform SSCI benchmarking.
The SSCI publishes its first benchmarking requirements on Social and Scheme Management Criteria under its Manufacturing & Processing scope.
The SSCI invites the first third-party audit and certification schemes and programmes in the Manufacturing and Processing sector to apply for SSCI benchmarking against the SSCI Social and Scheme Management Criteria.
The SSCI receives its first benchmarking applications, from GAA Best Aquaculture Practices and the BRCGS, under its Manufacturing & Processing Scope. In collaboration with the GSSI, the SSCI also launches a 60-day public consultation on the criteria for its At-Sea Operations scope. The Sustainable Juice Covenant also adopts the SSCI methodology.
The SSCI launches a 60-day public consultation on the criteria for its Primary Production scope, which covers land-based agricultural and aquaculture activities. The criteria concerning aquaculture was developed in partnership with the GSSI.
Following the incorporation of comments from stakeholders provided during the first public consultation on the SSCI benchmark criteria for the At-Sea Operations scope, the SSCI opens a second public consultation on the Social Criteria for the scope.