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New SSCI Benchmark Consultation Opens for FSSC 24000

New SSCI Benchmark Consultation Opens for FSSC 24000

Published 12-06-23

Submitted by The Consumer Goods Forum

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The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) is delighted to announce the opening of a stakeholder consultation for FSSC 24000, as it advances to the final stages in the SSCI Benchmark process. Foundation FSSC’s FSSC 24000 Social Sustainability Management System Certification Scheme is currently being benchmarked under the SSCI’s Processing and Manufacturing scope (Social). FSSC 24000 is the fourth SSCI Benchmark applicant to advance to the public consultation stage of the SSCI Benchmark.

The aim of FSSC 24000 is to ensure that social sustainability management system requirements are met, resulting in certifications that assure organisations provide safe and fair working conditions, meet business ethics requirements, and apply due diligence in their supply chain management. FSSC 24000 provides a strategic approach incorporating the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle and risk-based thinking, which ensures the identification and control of social risk and continuous improvement. This process demonstrates corporate responsibility and facilitates improving the social management systems and performance thus driving impact.

FSSC 24000’s scope of certification includes the manufacturing and processing sector (food and non-food), including its related service provision. The certificate confirms that the organisation’s social sustainability management system is in conformance with the FSSC 24000 Scheme requirements based on the following normative documents:

  • BSI/PAS 24000:2022 – Social management system requirements (Publicly Available Specification)
  • FSSC 24000 Additional Requirements (as determined by the FSSC Board of Stakeholders)

The FSSC 24000 certification scheme is owned and governed by the non-profit Foundation FSSC and outlines the requirements for the audit and certification of a Social Sustainability Management System of an organisation. More information on the FSSC 24000 Scheme is available on their website.

Why Host Stakeholder Consultations?

This important step of the SSCI Benchmarking Process ensures its transparency and robustness by inviting interested stakeholders to review and comment on the assessment carried out by the SSCI and the independent Benchmark Leader.

How to Get Involved

To participate in the stakeholder consultation, download the Benchmark Report for consultation here. We invite you to email your questions and comments to the SSCI team via email by 15 December 2023.

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