CERTIFICATION BENCHMARKING: UPDATE ON GSSI & GSCP
What’s the future of the various benchmarking exercises involving seafood, whether it’s the established Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) or the up-and-coming Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)? Representatives of these three programs will talk about the past, present and future of benchmarking and equivalency.
Session type: Presentations
Time: Thursday, Sept. 22, 11:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Place: Grand Ballroom, 4th floor, White Swan Hotel
Sonja Schmid is manager—equivalence process and social sustainability for The Global Social Compliance Programme/The Consumer Goods Forum. She manages the first international benchmark for sustainability standards — the Global Social Compliance Programme’s (GSCP) Equivalence Process — that aims to improve social and environmental standards and allows for their comparison. In her role, Schmid contributes to the wider mandate of the GSCP within The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), mainstreaming a harmonized and global approach for sustainable supply chains. She also supports the implementation of the recently launched CGF Forced Labour Resolution. Schmid has worked for both the private and public sector on implementing projects and conducting research in the fields of sustainable supply chains, climate change, sustainable finance and human rights.
Since February 2013, Herman Wisse has been the program manager for the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI). Previously, he developed the project proposal for the foundation of GSSI and facilitated liaison with parties interested in becoming involved with GSSI. He was the lead consultant for the FAO in the Evaluation Framework of the FAO Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture.