Frequently asked Questions

Here you will find the most frequently asked questions about the GSE® System platform. The FAQ database is regularly updated.

Frequently Asked Questions

Stack privacy and encryption

The security of your data is very important to us at NDi, which is why the data on our STACK is encrypted with a 256-bit AES key. Regardless of which client you use, the connection also runs via https so that the traffic to and from your STACK is always encrypted.

We can only use server-side encryption and no end-to-end encryption. This means that the encryption key is in the possession of our Stack supplier and this is stored separately from the storage server. When you request the data, it is decrypted on the fly on the servers where we make the data available.

Privacy Policy

How to get permission for upload documents to private secured stack
  1. Fill in the request form (link at the bottom of this item)
  2. You will receive a web url and password to log in by e-mail. *Keep this in a safe place! In the event of loss, you must resubmit the application for permission via the application form. 
  3. Upload your documents? Simply drag the required documents to your private secured stack. When you are done, close the browser window.
* NOTE: GSES is in no way responsible for the loss or careless handling of the transmitted login data.

Permission for upload documents form click here.

What is the connection between the GSE® System and OECD Guidelines?

The OECD has developed Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, which provides practical support to enterprises on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. These are guidelines for companies on how to deal with issues such as supply chain responsibility, human rights, child labor, the environment and corruption. 

GSES applies the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct to its five pillars and supply chain approach. 

Are the the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) measured in the GSE® System?

The NDI and SGS Search co-developed the Circular Footprint (CF), part of the overarching Sustainable Footprint. End users of products and projects can see exactly how circular their end product is by scanning a QR code or NFC tag. 

The CF is generic, workable, scalable and based on existing standards such as Cradle to Cradle (C2C) and EMF of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Differences between CF and EMF include: 

  • The distinction between product components in the supply chain and the product itself makes it possible to determine the index in complex chains. The CPF index can be determined for a (product) component. This index can be passed on in the chain, so that ultimately the total CF index for the product can be determined. This provides a scalable CF index determination, which can be calculated in this way for complex systems. This is not possible with the EMF and C2C standard;
  • The CF takes production waste / loss into consideration;
  • In another comparison with EMF: CF includes recyclable and compostable material;
  • In contrast to EMF, CF does not take the lifespan into account, because claims regarding the lifetime are difficult to prove. Moreover, they are highly dependent on the use and user. The NDI is currently working to include the time element in its CFs.
What is the link between GSE® System and Ellen Mc Arthur Foundation (EMF)?

Yes, The GSES Circular Footprint index (part of the Sustainable Footprint is based on the circularity index of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) and the Cradle to Cradle standard.

Differences between CF and EMF include: 

  • The Cradle to Cradle standard includes five categories: material health, reuse of materials, renewable energy, water management and social justice. The CF deals solely with the second category of C2C: reuse of materials. 
  • C2C doubles the performance value at the end of the “W” cycle, while CF and EMF do not. 
  • C2C makes certain biodegradable forms possible.
Are the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles integrated in the GSE® System on product level?

The 17 Sustainability Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030 provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. GSES provides insight into your organization’s contribution to these sustainability goals and sub-goals (targets) of the UN.

Each of your sustainability efforts, which increase your score on the five GSES pillars (CSR, SP, CO2 reduction, Circular Economy, and Health & Safety) and the Sustainable Footprints, also contribute to one or more sustainability goals of the UN.

What is the relationship between GSE® System and CO2 Prestatieladder (Dutch for ‘CO2 Performance Ladder’)?

The CO2 pillar in the GSES System is based on ISO 14064-1: 2012 Guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals. This ISO standard contains requirements for design, development, management, reporting and verification of the greenhouse gas emissions ‘accounting’ of the organization.

Organizations that already have a valid CO2 Prestatieladder certificate also automatically receive points on the GSES CO2 pillar and, depending on the level of the certificate, even an exemption on the GSES CO2 pillar.

What is the relationship between GSE® System and the MVO Prestatieladder (Dutch for CSR Performance Ladder)?

The CSR pillar in the GSES System is based on ISO 26000 guidelines, the HLS, GRI and OECD guidelines. Because the MVO Prestatieladder offers a practical addition to the ISO 26000 guideline, the CSR performance ladder is included as an exemption in the GSES System.

The MVO prestatieladder is included in the Sustainable MetaStandard that is integrated into the GSES System. Therefore organizations that already have a valid MVO Prestatieladder certificate automatically receive points (and even exemptions) for the score on the GSES CSR pillar, depending on the level of the certificate.

Can GSE® System be used as a procurement tool?

Yes, the GSES system can be used as a procurement tool. The supplier functionality on the online GSES platform offers participants the opportunity to invite and rank their suppliers on standardized and internationally accepted sustainability themes such as CSR, Sustainable Procurement, CO2 Reduction, Circular Economy, Health & Safety and Chain transparency and collaboration.

After the suppliers publish their scores of the themes of your choice in the form of a validated assessment, a ranking of suppliers appears on your supplier dashboard.

How do we change the rules: a Coalition of the Willing?

How does NDI wants to change the rules of existing economies that are not sustainable enough?

Change can be only achieved through collaboration and joining forces, both locally, nationally and internationally. One willing organization (unless very large) does not have the ability to change the rules on its own. The NDI has a multi-stakeholder approach and organizes multi-stakeholder consultations.
The NDI is active in creating a Coalition of the Willing.

The strength of the GSES system is that it stimulates and influences stakeholders inside and outside the value chain. Furthermore, change will come by involving consumers, who can scan QR codes to view the sustainability performance of organizations and products on the GSES ScoreCard.

How does the GSE® System help to increase the sustainable market share?

By enabling sustainable entrepreneurs to measure and visualize their performance on the various themes of sustainability, we are offering them the tools to increase their market share and impact – in the B2B and B2C markets. This way, we are constantly expanding the new economy on both a national and an international level.

The GSE® System Functions compatible with browsers:
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The GSE® System Functions works best with: 
Windows 8 / macOS High Sierra 10.13 or higher


GSE® System Dashboard
version V2.0

Latest update 10-2019