The International Trade Centre (ITC) has developed an online ‘Standards map’ to identify and compare over 170 standards and certification schemes in relation to environmental sustainability, labour and human rights, quality and food safety, as well as management standards.
The tool aims to provide a ‘roadmap for sustainable trade’, helping companies to identify relevant standards for their business based on sustainability ‘hotspots’ in the sectors and countries they operate in. It covers 120 product groups and spans ‘fairmined’ certified metals to green ratings for electronics comprising recycling, energy consumption and toxicity criteria.
It’s hoped it will promote transparency, comparability and uptake – and also help make implementation more effective through, for example, reducing duplication of factory audits.
The tool will be useful for businesses but also consumers, NGO’s and investors. Comparison of ‘competing’ standards and certification schemes may also make those standards with the most effective monitoring and compliance procedures more visible.