Biodiversity in Standards and Sourcing Guidelines

The partners of the initiative analysed more than 50 standards, seals and company requirements with regard to existing biodiversity criteria. The results were summarised in a Baseline Report and evaluated with representatives of standard organisations and companies from the food industry.

The Baseline Report assesses:

  • Biodiversity in the policy of standards and sourcing guidelines of companies from the food sector
  • Biodiversity criteria in standards and in the sourcing guideline of companies

The report does not contain a benchmark but aims to showcase effective biodiversity criteria.

 Distribution of criteria found in standard and company requirements on the driver “Destruction and degradation of ecosystems”

Distribution of criteria found in standard and company requirements on the driver “Destruction and degradation of ecosystems”
Source: Biodiversity in standards and labels for the food sector, Baseline Report (2017)

A set of recommendations will be prepared based on the findings of this baseline report to improve and enhance biodiversity criteria in standards and sourcing guidelines. These recommendations will be discussed with different actors within the food business and will be published in January 2018.

At the same time we will guide interested standard organizations and companies in the revision of their criteria and policies on biodiversity.