Collection of data on laptop standards, as well as development of assessment criteria for further product groups in the project "Quality check of sustainability standards"

In March 2013, the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with the project "Quality check of sustainability standards". The aim of the project is to provide consumers, public authorities, companies and civil society with access to an internationally agreed methodology for monitoring and evaluating the performance and credibility of sustainability standards. The analysis tool will review both sustainability standards in production processes (e.g. standards, such as fair trade and FSC) as well as standard systems focussing on product properties (e.g. labels such as the Blue Angel and the EU ecolabel). The comparative and evaluation methodology will look both at the substantive aspects (ecological and socio-economic dimension) as well as at the system-related aspects (covering areas such as standardization process, control systems, and the planning of management arrangements). Oeko-Institut supports GIZ with the development of the substantive evaluation criteria including minimum requirements, the assessment schemes as well as the data acquisition and assessment of existing sustainability standards in different product sectors such as food, forestry, paper, textiles and laptops, as well as cosmetics, detergents and natural stones. The assessment results are continuously published on the consumer portal