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Training consumer protection authorities on the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information

  • Published on June 2, 2022

A joint training programme is being launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) on the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information. The training programme will inform enforcers about the ten principles of the Guidelines to inform development of national guidance or legislation on green claims. It will include two live regional webinars:

l  Asia and Oceania, Europe, Africa and Middle East session (in English), 14 June 8-9:30am (UK time): Registration Link

l  Central and South America (in Spanish), 15 June 15:00-16:30 (UK time): Registration Link

 

The International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN) is a membership organisation consisting of consumer protection law enforcement authorities from across the globe. The mandate of ICPEN is to share information about cross-border commercial activities that may affect consumer interests and to encourage international cooperation and collaboration among consumer law enforcement agencies.

As part of the UN One planet network Consumer Information Programme, the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information have been published by UNEP and International Trade Centre (ITC) on 2017 to set a common ground for effective product sustainability information to consumers. As both ICPEN and UNEP have the common objective to tackle misleading claims on sustainability, a joint training activity on the Guidelines for consumer protection authorities will be held in June.

TRAINING OBJECTIVES

The trainings will inform enforcers about the ten principles of the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information to inform development of national guidance or legislation on green claims. It will also feature case study examples and presentations on efforts made by national authorities in Colombia, Peru, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The programme will include two live regional webinars:

l  Asia and Oceania, Europe, Africa and Middle East session (in English), 14 June 8-9:30am (UK time): Registration Link

l  Central and South America (in Spanish), 15 June 15:00-16:30 (UK time): Registration Link

Each session will last approximately 1.5 hours and include the following:

1.      UNEP presentation on One Planet guidelines (20-25 minutes)

2.      UNEP case study (10 minutes)

3.      National enforcers (60 minutes)- present guidance or legal principles and case examples

At English session – UK and Portugal (30 minutes each)

At Spanish session – Colombia and Peru (30 minutes each)

The training events are mainly directed to enforcers but other interested stakeholders are also welcome to join the sessions.

 

RELEVANCE TO SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Published by the One planet network Consumer Information Programme, the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information cover fundamental and aspirational principles and can be applied in developed and developing countries, and by companies of all sizes. In order to raise awareness and build capacity on the Guidelines, UNEP, and the ICPEN working group develops a ‘train the trainer’ programme to provide enforcers with the tools they need to train businesses on the Guidelines. It is hoped that the training will benefit a range of countries with existing guidance or in the process of developing guidance on making effective environmental claims and preventing misleading or deceptive conduct.

 

 

 

 

 

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