GSES system


Join the Global Sustainable
Enterprise System!

Does your organization really want to make an impact? Then take part in the Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSES®). The GSES® system covers all facets of sustainable entrepreneurship, is suitable for all sectors and is based on the best internationally accepted standards. Make sustainable ambitions and milestones visible and transparent and change the world!

The Challenge

The proliferation of quality marks, certifications, software systems and initiatives in the field of sustainable, socially responsible and circular entrepreneurship is endless and entrepreneurs, governments and companies no longer see how to make an impact because we have no overview.
Entrepreneurs and other managers are increasingly opting to make the organizations where they work more sustainable. But which facet of sustainable entrepreneurship should you focus on? There is no standard, not one ISO standard that covers the entire load.

The solution

the GSES® System
The Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSES®) is an international generic sustainable standard that has been set up to support organizations in making things more sustainable and making them visible and traceable. The GSES® system is:

  • an overarching and international standard
  • Workable for any kind of organization
  • Open source
  • Can be used universally with existing certifications, initiatives and labels
  • GSES® scheme has been submitted to the RvA for evaluation (Accreditation Board)
  • Independent international audits and validation
  • Represented in 77 countries


We proudly present you the home of sustainability. The house that shows all facets of sustainability.
The GSES® system determines the baseline, Quick Wins and long-term goals of the organization and / or the chain and monitors these. The basis of the system are four pillars:

4 Pillars

  • Corporate social responsibility (ISO 26000)
  • Socially responsible procurement (ISO 20400)
  • CO2 Reduction (including CO2) (ISO 14064-1)
  • Circular enterprise (BS 8001)

It is possible to follow the pillars separately. It is also possible to obtain partial exemptions based on already obtained certificates such as Cradle to Cradle (C2C), CO2 performance ladder, CSR performance ladder, Fairwear, PSO performance ladder etc.

In the GSES System three levels are measured and targetted:

3 levels

  • company level
  • chain level
  • product level

The translation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) of the United Nations is also included in the GSES system. By integrating them into the system, we provide organizations with tools to pick up their part to achieve the SDGs.

For companies: The GSES® system is currently operational for companies from all different sectors.

For government organizations: government organizations and administrative bodies can also map their own sustainability policy and buy 100% compliance socially responsible and circular with the GSES® system. The GSES® system supports procurement in the fields of CSR, SRI, CO2 reduction and circular enterprise.

For consumers: join the world’s largest network of sustainable change agents and gain insight into your personal ecological footprint and your sustainable lifestyle. (from late 2018)


As an extension of the GSES® system, the NDI has developed a three stage generic product certification with which all products from all different sectors can be measured. The Sustainable Product Footprint. With these methods the NDI offers a global solution for the generic measurement of products, resources & projects.

The GSES Sustainable Product Footprint consisted of 3 pillars:

Circular Product Footprint®

The NDI & SGS Search have developed the Circular Product Footprint. In order to properly measure all products from all different sectors on circularity, we have developed a generic method that can be used worldwide. The method can also be used for projects from September 2018. End users of products and raw materials can see exactly how circular their end product is by using a QR code. the CPF® index and why. The QR code linked directly to the global database in which all information about the product and the scores can be viewed. Measure your products according to the Circular Product Footprint method! Contact us!

Environmental Product Footprint®

The NDI is working on the following international generic product certification; the Environmental Product Footprint. The EPF certification is based on the ISO 14040 and the PEF, which will be launched in 2018. In order to properly
measure all products from all different sectors on an environmentally friendly production process, we need a generic method that can be used worldwide. End users of products such as companies but also consumers can see exactly how environmentally-friendly or polluting their product is produced using a QR code.

Health Product Footprint®

The NDI works with Royal Haskoning DHV on the Health Product Footprint. The HPF certification will be launched in 2018. In order to properly measure all products from all different sectors on health risks, we need a generic method that can be used worldwide. End users of products such as companies and consumers can see exactly how healthy or harmful their purchase is based on a QR code on the packaging of the product.

    A Selection of GSES members

Participation proces

Access to the GSES® system: As a GSES member you will receive the GSES System Manual and access to the platform and the organization will already provide certificates for the exemptions.

Company level: You can now do an extensive self-assessment through the manual and on the platform. This clarifies the Baseline current situation of the own organization.

Chain level: you invite your own suppliers to also fill in the GSES self-assessment on the pillars you have chosen. So you rank and encourage your suppliers to do business sustainably.
Product level: If the organization has a product, it can measure this product according to the product methods of the GSES, the Circular Product Footprint, the Health Product Footprint or the Environmental Product Footprint.

Validation: Your organization can now request document validation or external audit for validation or certification. Certification is voluntary for participants. We value access of many participants and hope to stimulate working on sustainability, also when organisations do not want to spend resources on certification.

Publication: If reviews have been validated, organizations can publish the ranking and scores, after which the ranking will be online on the GSES platform.



Your organisation’s benefits

The efforts in the area of making the organization more sustainable are demonstrable after GSES certification and compliance for customers and contracting parties.

  • As a participant in GSES, the organization starts monitoring sustainability in a comprehensive and structured way.
  • Your organization is included in the international GSES® register and is therefore recognized locally, nationally and internationally as an organization that acts sustainably. This is advantageous if the organization participates in tenders.
  • Your organization takes steps that save energy, so that costs will be reduced.
  • Your organization innovates, resulting in greater efficiency or becoming smarter in solving sustainability problems.
  • Engaging in these types of processes usually perceives employees as valuable and motivating, which increases their loyalty and increases the attractiveness of the organization to the outside world.
  • Innovation gives opportunities for publicity that can yield a lucrative spin-off.
  • With GSES® certification, the supply chain becomes transparent in all areas of sustainable business. This will make your company is an interesting party or supplier for other organizations.
  • Your organization can display the GSES logo on its own products as well as on marketing and PR material.
  • Greater costumer loyalty

Greater benefits

As more and more organizations come closer to the GSES standard, this will ultimately have an effect on:

  • that customers make more sustainable choices as they get more sustainable supply, especially if they see evidence that products are truly sustainable.
  • Given that sustainability is not just a trend, people will become increasingly aware of their necessity and increasingly choose to produce and consume without harm to future generations.
  • Spill-over to other parts of the chain that will also become more sustainable, thanks to an invitation system to the suppliers.
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions • Reduction of plastic soup and other pollution • Improvement of working conditions elsewhere in the world
  • Improvement in the situation regarding the 17 Sustainability Goals of the UN.
  • Decrease in the growth of the use of raw materials.
  • Decrease in deterioration of biodiversity and eventually hopefully improve it.