Sustainability

GS1 standards enable organisations to identify, capture and share information smoothly, creating a common language that underpins systems and business processes all over the world. This common business language enables transparency in the supply chain which allows organisations to grow efficiently, sustainably and safely — helping transform the way we work and live in an environment of decreasing resources.

Standards supporting farmers:

  • GS1 is contributing to the development of safe and sustainable farming approaches, a top priority of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • GS1 is partnering with the International Trade Centre (the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations) and the UN Global Compact by providing a global identification registration service so farms in every country will be able to register and receive a GLN— a unique identifier of the farm and its physical location.

Consumers, businesses, and governments want reliable information about the sustainability of their products and services. Product packaging and the provenance of raw materials are particularly sensitive issues. GS1 provides a common set of standards to share sustainability information widely, both for B2B and B2C purposes.

GS1 is working with the EU PEF pilot programme to assist in the testing of communication vehicles which will be used to inform consumers of an individual product’s sustainability performance. GS1 is also in discussions with various partners in relation to UNEP’s 10YFP pilot project in relation to Consumer Information and Sustainable Lifestyles.

Our standards can support green procurement both in the public and private sector. Our visibility network standards (EPCIS) are ideal for establishing an effective chain of custody of non-renewable resources as well as for proving the provenance of sustainable sources of raw materials such as timber and cotton.

GS1 is also involved in supporting two important initiatives on food loss waste – we have provided input to the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, which is now in its final draft form, on how our standards can assist in the measuring of food loss and waste across the value chain. GS1 Global Office and four European offices are part of the recently launched EU REFRESH research programme which is identifying ways of implementing the methodologies which were developed by the EU FUSIONS project.

For more information, please visit gs1.org/sustainability

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