Sustainability systems

Sustainability systems are market-based tools designed to address the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. They give people power to make an impact. 

By defining responsible practices, assessing the implementation of these practices and measuring impacts over time, sustainability systems are used in many sectors worldwide to successfully improve social and environmental performance.  

Market transformation drives progress on a range of global priorities like the UN sustainable development goals. Multi-stakeholder sustainability systems provide concrete guidelines and metrics to help address the environmental and social issues captured in global goals. And in doing so, they provide platforms for collective action across sectors and supply chains.

We provide a range of resources to support the development and use of credible and effective sustainability systems. Our Credibility Principles provide the foundation, while our Codes of Good Practice define the technical requirements to develop and improve systems. 

We offer guidance materials to support credible claims management, and resources such as our Sustainability Benchmarking Good Practice Guide for organisations that are evaluating sustainability initiatives.  

We also support the continued improvement of sustainability systems through our membership activities.