This working group is developing international Guidelines to enable and encourage the providers of information to enhance the reliability, credibility and accessibility of their sustainability information; directly addressing SDG target 12.8. Road testing of the Guidelines in the framework of the working group is ongoing currently.

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  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sector of activity
Consumer Goods

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations

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The Guidelines aim to address the underlying causes of information overload, consumer confusion and mistrust, and ultimately create a level playing field to enhance consumer awareness, ease and uptake of sustainable choices during the purchase, use/re-use, disposal and recycling phases of products.

The Guidelines include a comprehensive set of high-level principles for users to follow, and guidance on how to apply them. They cover fundamental and aspirational approaches and aim to be useful for developed and developing countries, and implementable in companies of all sizes.

The development of the Guidelines is supported by the project “Advancing and measuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP) for a low-carbon economy in newly industrialised countries (Advance SCP)”, part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.


The Guidelines were developed through an inclusive consultation building process under a working group (WG) of the Consumer Information Programme. Since its launched in June 2015, six webinars and one workshop were held with the 46 international experts participating in the WG (please see below document). The Guidelines were reviewed in a global online consultation by over 80 stakeholders.

Impact and Results

The Guidelines are building upon, and referring back to, existing initiatives and materials. An effort was made to include all relevant actors in the WG. The WG facilitated the consensus finding process and an advanced draft, with inputs from various sectors and regions, has been developed. The road testing phase (ongoing currently) will allow for a review of the Guidelines in different sectors and regions and to work towards global understanding and agreement on the provision of product sustainability information to consumers.

Next steps and how to get involved

The Guidelines have now been updated with feedback received during the global consultation and by the Consumer Information Programme Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee; the final designed version is expected in August/ September 2017. The Guidelines have been road tested in different countries and sectors between September 2017 and June 2018, to test their applicability and build up a library of case studies and community of practice under the Consumer Information Programme. More information about the testing results will also be shared here and via our newsletter soon. If you have an questions please do not hesitate to contact