Minimum criteria for sustainability certification
The WWF, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), has started a dialogue process "Minimum criteria for sustainability certification of agricultural plant raw materials". The aim is to identify common features of existing standards, to raise awareness of the common basis and to create transparency in what minimum requirements must be.
Some 30 sustainability standards, including those on organic production and private sector standards, have been included in the analysis. The evaluation is based on around 170 systemic and substantive criteria, including income to secure livelihoods and forest conservation. The process is supported and accompanied by an advisory group of 20 organizations of the political, business, certification, science and civil society sector. The draft version is currently available to them for comment. The final version of the catalogue with the agreed minimum criteria is scheduled for mid-June.
Further information can be found here.