The Global Language of Business


Businesses and authorities around the world are increasingly working together to ensure more sustainable economic, environmental and social measures are adopted and implemented. More and more consumers are demanding choice based on sustainable product characteristics and provenance.

GS1 provides a common set of standards to share sustainability information widely, both for B2B and B2C purposes. GS1 standards enable the digital transformation which is essential to the sustainability and circular economy models.


Consumers, businesses, and governments need reliable information

For each “product loop”, there is a “product data loop”. Product packaging, the provenance of raw materials, the conditions of production and the identification of chemical substances are important issues. The capacity from business operators to support environmental and ethical claims, to manage the chain of custody, to recycle or reduce waste, also depend on the availability of data as products move across the chain.

The digital transformation is the twin challenge of sustainability

In order to make sustainability information sharable appropriately and securely trading partners need to do more than simply record and document related data. They need to share it beyond their traditional one-up and one-down trading partner relationships and to overcome the limit of their own information systems.

Data structured on open standards makes it possible at large scale

At GS1, we believe that sustainability is powered by digitalisation and visibility across the product lifecycle. Sustainability in the supply chain and circular economy at a large scale are only possible if data is structured and shared through global and open standards. Co-creating and using a common language is the only way to lower the costs for the whole ecosystem and obtain the level of efficiency, inclusion, and data quality that is collectively needed.

GS1 standards support 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. It enables interoperability between information systems, ensuring that data can flow seamlessly between trading partners and downstream to the consumer. It makes traceability and transparency possible, enabling trust in the products and their related information. With 115 local organisations, a robust global standardisation process, multiple partnerships and more than 40 years of experience, GS1 is a neutral platform for collaboration that contributes to the deployment and performance of sustainability practices in the supply chain.


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