As the global demand for sustainable practices continues to grow alongside emerging regulation such as EUDR, ensuring environmental sustainability within various industries has never been more crucial. We are excited to share insights from our recent SSCI Webinar Series, where we introduced the new Environmental Sustainability Benchmark. This benchmark, designed by the industry for the industry, aims to build trust, confidence, and clarity in expected standards across vital areas, including farming, forestry, and manufacturing.

In this informative session, held on June 20, 2024, industry leaders and experts came together to discuss the significance and development of the new benchmark. The webinar featured insights from representatives of the International Fresh Produce Association, Naturipe Farms and IDH (the Sustainable Trade Initiative). These experts provided valuable perspectives on the benchmark’s core topics, its implications for industry schemes, and the collaborative efforts involved in its creation.

Key Highlights:

  • Benchmark Genesis and Significance: The webinar began with an explanation of the benchmark’s genesis and its relevance in today’s regulatory landscape, especially with emerging EUDR regulations.
  • Industry-Driven Design: Speakers highlighted the industry-driven design of the benchmark, emphasizing the importance of collaboration in setting and maintaining high sustainability standards.
  • Scheme Alignment and Next Steps: Practical guidance was provided on how industry schemes can align with the benchmark criteria, with a focus on opportunities for benchmarking and recognition to support continuous improvement.
  • Interactive Q&A Session: Attendees had the opportunity to engage with the panelists, ask questions, and gain deeper insights into the practical applications and benefits of the benchmark.

To learn more about the new environmental sustainability benchmark, download the criteria, and apply for recognition, visit You can also ask any questions via a form on this page which will help us provide you with answers but also build a FAQ to help other stakeholders. 

Press play to watch the full webinar recording and gain valuable insights into the future of environmental sustainability in our industry. You can also access the slides from the webinar here.

By using recognised schemes for social and environmental sustainability, businesses can benefit from the trust and assurance that SSCI Recognised standards meet the minimum requirements for sustainability as agreed upon by the industry. Join us in driving the global conversation on responsible sourcing and shaping industry expectations for a sustainable future.