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Easy Guide: Biodiversity Criteria in Standards and Labels for the Food Sector

  • Published on February 9, 2019
The guide provides insights into the status quo of biodiversity criteria and measures in policies of standards and company requirements as well as an overview of formulations for effective biodiversity criteria. The guide helps managers to assess the current situation and significance of biodiversity in relation to standards or procurement guidelines. Standards with reasonable biodiversity policies and effective criteria will make a significant contribution to the conservation of biodiversity.
In combination with the agricultural sector, food processors and food retailers have a huge impact on biodiversity. Despite its direct dependence, biodiversity conservation and protection is still not the main concern of this sector. With the support of food standards and trough individually defined, goal-oriented sourcing requirements, the food sector can make a significant contribution to curbing biodiversity loss. Appropriate integration of biodiversity aspects into sourcing strategies will help companies to analyze biodiversity related risks that may affect internal operations, brand management or regulatory and policy changes. A good biodiversity conservation strategy goes hand in hand with increasing opportunities for differentiation in the market, value proposition, consumer satisfaction and more efficient sourcing strategies. This Easy Guide is part of the EU LIFE Project “Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Industry”. The main objective is to improve the biodiversity performance of standards and sourcing requirements in the food industry by helping standard organisations and companies to integrate efficient biodiversity criteria into their schemes and sourcing requirements.

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