Everyone, in every sector and every region, is a consumer. We all, therefore, have a stake and a key role to play in the transition towards sustainable consumption and production patterns and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. For everyone to fulfill this role to the best of their ability, everyone must be engaged and informed on the opportunities available to act sustainably in their purchasing and consumption choices and daily behaviour, and to be able to make demands of the businesses and governments that provide or support these choices.
The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production ( CI-SCP) serves as a global platform to support the provision of quality information on goods and services, and the identification and implementation of the most effective strategies to engage consumers in sustainable consumption. It empowers and raises the profile of relevant policies, strategies, projects and partnerships, building synergies and cooperation between different stakeholders to leverage resources towards mutual goals.
The draft "Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information" have been developed in a consultative process under a CI-SCP working group, led by UNEP and the International Trade Center. The aim is to provide clear guidance for product-related sustainability information for all regions and companies of all sizes, and over time to create global consensus in this area. Ultimately, they aim to empower consumers to make reliable, informed sustainable choices. The Guidelines are a key output of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme, with the ultimate aim to agree on a document that is recognized or endorsed at a higher level (e.g. UN, tbc), following this and further feedback received through pilot testing (2017, details to follow).
To avoid ‘re-inventing the wheel’, the Guidelines build on well-established national, regional and sectoral guidance. The structure of the Guidelines reflects a dual objective: to establish minimum requirements that must be met when providing sustainability information to consumers (fundamental principles); and to encourage ambition, improvement and sustainability leadership over time (aspirational principles).
From August to October 2016, the CI-SCP held an online consultation to get feedback from a variety of regions and stakeholder groups. We would like to thank the over 80 experts and organizations that participated in the global consultation. Your feedback will greatly help shape the final Guidelines. We still welcome any case studies/ examples from your sector or region, which we could use to illustrate the Guidelines' messages. For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In preparation for the consultation, over 140 stakeholders joined a webinar to hear more about the Guidelines’ development and their draft content. You couldn’t join? Watch the webinar recording:
Empowering consumers, businesses, retailers and governments
Research indicates that the demand for sustainable goods and services is high and growing, but consumers often remain unable to make informed choices. The main reasons for this include a lack of transparency or reliable and complete information, and the proliferation of labels and standards, which may be unclear, unchecked or simply complicate the comparison of information. The CI-SCP therefore engages the following stakeholders:
By exchanging and learning from each other in working groups and projects under the CI-SCP, all of these actors can help us to achieve the programme’s three objectives:
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The CI-SCP is co-led by Germany through the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety; Indonesia, through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry; and Consumers International.
A Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) oversees the programme’s coordination and implementation:
Governments: France, Jordan, Peru and the United Kingdom
Inter-governmental organisations: European Commission; International organisations: International Network of Product Sustainability Initiatives (INPSI), International Trade Centre (ITC), UNEP and UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative (LCI)
NGOs, Networks and Private Sector: AKATU Institute, Caribbean Consumer Council, Centro Tecnológico para la Sustentabilidad, Consumer Education Trust (CONSENT), Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN), Green Purchasing Network (GPN, Japan), International POP Elimination Network (IPEN), ISEAL Alliance, and The Sustainability Consortium.
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In addition to the MAC, the Programme benefits from the collaboration of partners across the world. Partners contribute to, and benefit from, Programme activities - including workshops, training, policy tools, and sharing information and good practice – driven mainly through the Programme’s working groups. Read more about why and how to become a CI-SCP partner, and download the application form.
The CI-SCP’s working groups (WG) develop and deliver activities to address key, specific issues under the Programme’s objectives and work areas, over a timeframe of up to 2 years. Working groups are led by CI-SCP Partners or MAC members, and open to participation of interested institutions and individuals.Contact us for more information and/or to get involved.
WG1: Guidelines for product sustainability information
This working group is developing international Guidelines which enable and encourage the providers of information to enhance the reliability, credibility and accessibility of their sustainability information. The working group is open to participation of interested organisations and experts, and aims for a broad representation of regions and stakeholder groups. A global online stakeholder consultation was held from August to October 2016 to receive feedback on the draft Guidelines.
Status: Led by UNEP, co-led by the International Trade Centre (ITC); launched end June 2015.
WG2: Ecolabels Type I
This working group will support collaboration among Ecolabelling Type I programs (as per the ISO 14024 definition) and facilitate their mutual recognition. Building upon lessons learned from such existing schemes, the working group will further support awareness raising, capacity building, and consultations for developing and emerging economies to develop new national Ecolabelling Type I programs. Three information sharing platforms, in Asia, Africa and Latin America, will be established.
Status: Co-led by the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) and the Advance SCP project implemented by GIZ Thailand; to be launched in early 2017. To join the working group or learn more, email us.
WG3: Best practices on consumer sustainability information
This working group will collect best practice examples on consumer sustainability information, from the public and private sectors (e.g. policies, marketing, etc.), and identify clear indicators of success for sharing and ultimately replicating those initiatives. The group will put an emphasis on reaching out to developing countries and emerging economies, including on how to promote both North-South and South-South exchanges on best practices.
Status: (Co) leads required, email us if interested.
WG 4: Supporting Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) implementation through the use of ecolabels and sustainability standards (with 10YFP SPP)
This working group aims to improve and increase dialogue between organisations working with sustainability standards and labelling schemes, and those working on SPP, by providing a platform to raise awareness, to share tools and good practices, and to discuss issues and challenges, and to come up with innovative solutions.
Status: Led by ISEAL Alliance; launched in March 2016. To join the working group or sign up to its newsletter, email us.
WG5: Behavioural science for sustainable consumption (with 10YFP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme)
This working group will investigate how consumers take decisions, and what may influence these decisions. In particular, it will explore the so called “value-action gap”, and undertake or apply research into what drives individual behaviour in different cultural and generational contexts, drawing lessons for the encouragement of sustainable consumption. It will collate lessons from consumer behaviour studies, existing knowledge and case studies, and identify different sets of actions that could be taken to encourage sustainable consumption.
Status: (Co) leads required, email us if interested.
WG6: Social impacts communication
This working group will support the development of a white paper on Business to Consumers (B2C) communication of the social impact of products. The aim is to make knowledge in this emerging field more widely available, scaling up good practices in communications of social impacts to consumers. Given the high variation of perception on how social impacts should be communicated over regions and cultures, the working group will reach out to developing countries and economies in transition to learn about existing practices and priorities, and to collect examples considering different approaches.
The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP CIP-SCP) encourages organisations and individual experts to join this collaborative platform and support the programme's objectives. Read more about why and how to become a partner to the 10YFP CIP-SCP and please fill in this document if you would like to become a partner.
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