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Sustainability glossary

Sustainability glossary

Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
European network for social audits of suppliers.

Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)
International organisation that promotes ecolabels for farmed fish and shellfish. The ASC reviews environmental and social topics in fish and shellfish farming. The standard is supported by the WWF and products with its certification are automatically green-listed.

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
Initiative that gathers companies, unions, civil society and public institutions to secure good working conditions and human rights in global supply chains.

Product label for goods that aim to improve working and living conditions for farmers and workers in developing countries. The label means that the product meets the international criteria.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Independent international organisation that advocates for a more environmentally adapted, socially responsible and economically sustainable use of the world’s forests through a certification system.

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
A business-led initiative for constant improvement in management systems for health and food safety. 

Global Compact
The UN’s initiative to encourage companies to support developments within human rights, working conditions and the environment.

Global Deal
Declaration of undertakings that will help the world’s countries reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals pertaining to working conditions, economic growth and gender equality.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Standard with guidelines for sustainability reporting. The guidelines are based on principles and indicators that organisations use to measure and report their sustainability work.

Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG)
Global standard to calculate, handle and report emissions of greenhouse gases.
IP Sigill: Standard for certification of a more sustainable production of food
and flowers based on criteria including food safety, animal welfare, environmental responsibility and working conditions.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
International organisation that promotes ecolabels for fish and shellfish. The label shows that the fish come from viable stocks and have been caught with a low impact on the environment. 
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO): Organisation that stipulates criteria for sustainably produced palm oil with regards to for example the preservation of forest areas with particularly sensitive ecosystems and use of pesticides.

Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
Organisation that assists companies in setting climate targets in line with the Paris agreement to limit emissions of greenhouse gases and global warming.

Substitute it Now (SIN)
Database of particularly hazardous substances that are not yet covered by legislation.

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Industry related glossary

Financial definitions and glossary

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