Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability Published

New Standard to Boost Package SustainabilityReleased by GS1 with Collaboration of The Consumer Goods Forum

Brussels, Belgium -August 23, 2013 -- GS1, the neutral, not-for-profit organisation that facilitates collaboration amongst trade partners with global standards across 150 countries, has released its newest standard, the Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability (GPPS).

CGF LogoThe GPPS, which was developed by The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), includes more than 40 environmental, economic and social indicators for packaging sustainability. It provides the consumer goods and packaging industries with a common language to discuss and assess packaging sustainability. GPPS metrics will now be part of a trade item's product information that is available from GS1's Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN). By leveraging GDSN, trading partners will be able to automate the cost-efficient exchange of real-time and trusted sustainability data about their product packaging.

Global and local businesses can gain many benefits from the GPPS standard such as cost benefits, reduced environmental impact, improved consumer perception, better decision making and extended influencing.

“One of the strengths of this project is how it has brought together so many companies and organisations from across our industry to work collectively on developing this common language. Now we need to put the language to work. We are already doing so in Unilever and we are seeing the benefit,” said Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever and Co-Sponsor of the CGF’s Sustainability Pillar.

"The CGF is delighted to see the release of the open global standard for GPPS, and we look forward to further collaboration to improve the sustainability of consumer products," said Sabine Ritter, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Industry Initiatives, Strategic Alliances of the CGF.

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