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Ready to Drive the Market: Experiences from Road Testing the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information

Published in 2019 by
  • UN Environment (United Nations / intergovernmental organizations)

Type of document: Training materials, toolkits

This report complements the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information by offering insights into the practical application of the Guidelines’ ten principles, based on the outcomes of a global road testing exercise that was held from January to June 2018. This document presents results, challenges and lessons learned throughout this process, and is complemented by a number of case studies around the practical application of the Guidelines’ principles by companies and standard-setting organizations: the so-called road testers.

The document is structured as follows:
- Section 1 presents a summary of the Guidelines and situates the road testing exercise.
- Section 2 provides the objectives and methodology of the road testing.
- Section 3 presents the main ndings and aggregated results from the road testing.
- Section 4 draws conclusions and sheds light on the implications of the results and opportunities for further supporting the application of the Guidelines on the ground.

Further information

In total, 31 sustainability claims were analysed during the road testing, from 28 organizations. The following 28 organizations road tested the Guidelines: Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Limited, Aditya Birla Retail Limited, Auchan Retail España, Better y Tourism, Brasilprev, Braskem, Colgate-Palmolive, Confederation of Indian Industry, Cruelty Free International, dna merch, Ecotourism Kenya, Selo Eureciclo, Florverde Sustainable Flowers, Freemet, Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability, Marine Stewardship Council, Mavic, Mondelēz International, Natrue, Sofea - Sustainable Of ce European Association, Sustainable Food Systems GmbH and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture – FiBL, Tata Motors, Textile Exchange, TÜV Rheinland, Rainforest Alliance, Woolworths Food Company, WWF-Hong Kong, and Zerya producciones sin residuos S.L.