Benchmarking Report for oriGIn/FAO
August 2016 - Present
In 2016, the Organization for an International Geographical Indications Network (oriGIn) approached the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support a project to serve the sustainability needs of Geographical Indications (GIs). oriGIn has identified the need to support large and small GIs across continents to adopt sustainability approaches in line with changing societal expectations and client requirements. oriGIn envisions the creation of an approach and a framework that will allow its members (local GIs) to 1) support their members and other stakeholders in the prioritization of issues in line with local contexts 2) provide knowledge and tools that can help self-assessment, target setting and continuous improvement 3) more systematically communicate sustainability to stakeholders. BSD Consulting conducted a benchmarking and research exercise to understand approaches to sustainability in the GI value chain. The goal of the exercise was to provide information that can lead to the development of a strategic approach and a common sustainability framework for GIs that can serve as a basis to measure, implement and communicate sustainability for a diverse range of GIs. BSD conducted research that analyzed sustainability requirements set by disclosure frameworks (GRI, SASB), certification standards (C.A.F.E., UTZ, 4C, Cocoa Initiative), the SDGs and the market and benchmarked these requirements agains SAFA (Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture), a framework released by the FAO in 2013 to integrate the disparate sustainability goals and standards being incorporated by the food and agriculture industry into a cohesive and coherent framework for implementing sustainability. The results of the exercise were incorporated in a report that described how well SAFA aligns with other standards and market requirements and includes recommendations for incorporating SAFA into a GI sustainability approach.
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