Consumer Information Programme

Consumer Information Programme

Current Stage: Launched

The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme (10YFP CIP) 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.

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 complicate the comparison of information when purchasing goods and services. The 10YFP CIP therefore has the following objectives.

Objectives of the Programme

  1. Improving availability, accessibility and quality of consumer information to create a basis for the provision of credible information.

  2. Driving change in government and business to ensure that the framework conditions are provided to support best practices in relation to consumer information.

  3. Enhancing communication to drive behavioural change and ensure the transition from being informed to taking action.

Empowering consumers, businesses, retailers and governments 

The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme (10YFP CIP) facilitates access to practical and comprehensive information to guide and support consumers’ choices for sustainable products through the provision of accessible, reliable and verifiable information based on a life cycle approach. To achieve this, the CIP is engaging a wide range of stakeholders including consumer associations, businesses, retailers and governments in a collaborative process for joint action.  This includes the following:

  • Consumers to ensure that relevant, transparent and reliable information on the sustainability of goods and services is provided to facilitate purchasing decisions and product use and disposal. 

  • Businesses to use consumer information tools to identify and reduce the negative impacts of their goods and services on the environment and workers over their entire supply chain.  

  • Retailers to voluntarily commit themselves to promoting more sustainable products, providing better information to consumers and reducing environmental and social impacts over their supply chains. 

  • Governments to stimulate the development of operating markets for sustainable products, and the use of information tools including labels and other incentives that can foster sustainable consumption. 

By exchanging and learning from each other, all of these actors can scale up effective practices to address today’s environmental, social and economic challenges.

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Structure of the 10YFP Consumer Information Programme

The 10YFP CIP 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. For more details on each institution, click here.

In addition to the MAC members, more than 30 partners across the world are part of the Programme. They 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 partner to the 10YFP CIP, and download the application form.

10YFP CIP Working Groups

The 10YFP CIP’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 organisations of the 10YFP CIP network, and open to participation of interested institutions and individuals. Contact us for more information and/or to get involved.

WG 1: Global guidelines for reliable sustainability information for consumers

This working group will develop 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. The working group operates via individual consultations, webinars and one face-to-face workshop.

Status: Led by UNEP, co-led by the International Trade Centre (ITC); launched at webinar end June 2015.

WG2: Ecolabels Type I

This working group will support collaboration among Type I Ecolabelling 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 Type I Ecolabelling programs.

Status: Co-led by the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) and GIZ; to be launched in early 2016.

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: Open to interested (co) leads

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: Co-led by ISEAL Alliance and the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN); to be launched in early 2016.

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: Open to interested (co) leads

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.

Status: Led by PRé Sustainability, co-led by UNEP; to run from February until September 2016.

Get involved today!

The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme (10YFP CIP) encourages organisations and individual experts to join this collaborative platform to support activities that relate to consumer information and the programme's objectives. Read more about why and how to become a partner to the 10YFP CIP and please fill in this document if you would like to become a partner. 

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Contact us: 10YFP CIP Coordinating Desk
C/O UNEP, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, 15, rue de Milan, 75441 Paris Cedex 09             

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