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  • Standards Map provides comprehensive, verified and transparent information on voluntary sustainability standards and other similar initiatives covering issues such as food quality and safety. The main objective of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of producers, exporters, policymakers and buyers, to participate in more sustainable production and trade.

    Standards Map features

    Producers, manufacturers, brands and retailers face a serious challenge in navigating the constantly moving landscape of sustainability standards, especially as supply chains grow complex and new challenges multiply.

    IDENTIFY which voluntary sustainability standards available on Standards map may be relevant to your business

    1

    Standards Map enables its users to identify sustainability standards, codes of conduct, audit protocols:

    • Applicable to specific products and Services;
    • Operating in specific producing of processing countries, and in markets where products and services they endorse a re retailed;
    • Addressing sustainability hotspots along supply chains such as environmental, social, economic, quality and business ethics.

    Questions which Standards Map will help you answer:

    • Have you been approached by your current buyers, and asked to comply with a "voluntary sustainability standard"?
    • Do you wish to make your products or services certified as "sustainable"?
    • Do you wish to diversify your product base and enter new "niche" markets?

    QUICKLY-SCAN the "A-Z" of the voluntary sustainability standard relevant to your business

     2

    Users can scan the "A-to-Z" of relevant sustainability standards, and learn more about:

    • their mode of operation
    • operational scope
    • potential inter-operability
    • audit and assurance requirements
    • costs linked to acquiring endorsement
    • step-by-step guidance as to how to become certified
    • technical, financial or capacity building support provided.

    Questions which Standards Map will help you answer:

    • What are the voluntary sustainability standards you identified all about?
    • How do they actually operate?
    • How much will it cost to comply with these standards, and what are the potential benefits?
    • Is there any step-by-step guidance provided by the standard on how to become certified, and is any technical, financial or capacity building support provided?

    COMPARE side-by-side the detailed requirements of these initiatives in graph, table and text format

     3b

    • Users may compare side-by- side the sustainability hotposts (environment, social, economic, quality, and ethics) of standards and retrieve detailed information on:
    • The number of requirements broken down by sustainability hotspot.
    • The degree of obligation of each individual requirement and detailed extracts from standard documents pertaining to obligations.
    • Use various tabular and graphical visualitzations modes.

    Questions which Standards Map will help you answer:

    • How many environmental, social, economic, ethics or quality management aspects of your business will you need to change?
    • How quickly will some of these changes need to be made?
    • Evaluate the extent to which the requirements of these standards may or may not differ from your current situation
    • If you are already certified to another standard, analyse the degree of additional requirements you may need to comply with for your selected standards.

    SELF-ASSESS your sustainability profile and create your own company’s “Sustainability Diagnostic Report”

    4b

    Complete an assessment of your company's practices against the requirements set in sustainability standards of your choice. The assessment takes the shape of an online questionnaire. Following completion, it generates your answers into a "sustainability report" which outlines your roadmap towards compliance to sustainability standards requirements.

     Questions which Standards Map will help you answer:

    • Complete an assessment of your company's current practices against the requirements of the sustainability standards of your choice.
    • The assessment is completed via an online questionnaire. A "Sustainability Diagnostic Report" which outlines your roadmap towards compliance to sustainability standards requirements is generated upon completing the assessment.
    • This "Sustainability Diagnostic Report" is specific to your firm, and can be shared, should you wish to do so, with your business partners.
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