Consumer Information Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production
Current Stage: Launched and implementation
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 fulfil 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) supports the provision of quality information on goods and services, and the identification and implementation of effective strategies to engage consumers in sustainable consumption. It empowers and raises the profile of relevant policies, projects and partnerships, and provides opportunities for collaboration between all sectors and stakeholders.
Stakeholder consultation on the CI-SCP’s Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information
Get involved to help shape a new set of Guidelines to improve the way consumers receive information on products’ sustainability. We’re asking for your comments to make these Guidelines as useful and applicable as possible, to ensure their understanding by public and private sector providers of information, and ultimately to benefit consumers.
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).
The objective of this online consultation is to get feedback from a variety of regions and stakeholder groups to ensure the Guidelines’ applicability and usefulness. We look forward to receiving your views on whether you find the document useful, if you think you can apply the Guidelines, and whether their provisions reflect your experience. We would also welcome your case studies/ examples from your sector or region, which we could use to illustrate the Guidelines' messages.
There are two ways in which you can participate in the global consultation:
Option 1) Simple survey: Submit your general feedback via this survey – this will only take about 15 minutes and still makes your main points visible.
Option 2) Detailed comments: Provide specific comments on the Guidelines’ content, by line or by principle, in this Excel worksheet (also covers the general survey questions from above, therefore no need to do both). Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org when done.
Download the draft Guidelines for your review here.
The consultation is open until 14 October 2016.
For any questions or if you have difficulties accessing the survey or the Excel file, please email email@example.com.
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:
Over 20 international experts and stakeholders participated in a workshop of the CI-SCP’s working group 1 on 24 February 2016. The participants discussed how to best guide private and public sector information providers in formulating sustainability claims, to ultimately enable consumers to make informed choices on the purchase and use of goods and services.
Subsequently, the CI-SCP’s Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee held its second annual face-to-face meeting. Two fruitful days of discussion led to the development of performance indicators for the Programme and the adoption of its 2016/17 work plan. Programme activities for 2016 include the launch of new working groups (see below) and three projects in Chile, China and Sri Lanka, funded through the 10YFP Trust Fund. The meetings were hosted by CI-SCP MAC member Defra at their offices in London.
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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:
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 identify and reduce the negative impacts of their goods and services on the environment and workers over their supply chain, and communicate this appropriately to consumers.
Retailers to voluntarily commit 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 for sustainable consumption.
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:
For more information on our activities, click here.
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.
For more details on each institution, click here.
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.
CI-SCP Working Groups
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: Global 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 will be held from August to 14 October 2016 to receive feedback on the draft Guidelines. The launch of the consultation will be announced in our news section.
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 2016. 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.
Status: To be launched in early 2016. To join the working group or learn more, email us.
Get involved today!
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 of the 10YFP CI-SCP 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, 1, rue de Miollis, Building VII, 75015 Paris CISCP@unep.org
Register your consumer information activities and get the latest news on the CIP at the Global SCP Clearinghouse: http://www.scpclearinghouse.org