GSES standard

GSES Standards

Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSES®) is the global all-overseeing sustainability standard is managed by a wide international range of experts, stakeholder industries and the National Sustainability Institute of the Netherlands. GSES® – the golden standard for sustainable, social and holistic performance of organizations, supply chain & products  

The Global Sustainable Enterprise Standard® – organizational level

In extension of the GSES® Standard on organizational level, we developed a three-stage generic product certification which measures products/projects, buildings & raw matrials from all different sectors. With the Sustainable Footprint Standard the GSES offers a global solution for the generic measurement of products/ projects, buildings & raw materials. The Sustainable Footprint
Standard measures on 3 pillars:

The GSES Sustainable Footprint Standard consists of 3 separate
but complementary footprints:

Circular Footprint®

The NDI (National Sustainability Institute) & SGS Search have developed the Circular Footprint and harmonized it with a wide range of sectors and products with (inter)national experts. In order to properly measure all products from all different sectors on circularity, we have developed a generic method that can be used worldwide. End users of products and raw materials can see exactly how circular their end product, project or building is by using a QR code or NFC tag. The QR code linked directly to the GSES global database in which all information about the scores can be viewed.

Environmental Footprint®

SGS & NDI created the LCA certification; the Environmental Footprint for products, projects and buildings. The EF® certification is based on the ISO 14040 and the PEF, In order to properly measure all products, projects & buildings on an environmental performance we need a generic method that can be used worldwide. This method became the EF® certification. End users of
products can see exactly how their product or project is ranked on environmental performance using the QR code or NFC tag on the packaging or branding of the product/project.

Health Footprint®

NDI & Royal Haskoning DHV developped the Health Footprint. In order to properly measure all products/projects from all different sectors on health risks, we need a generic method that can be used worldwide. End users of products can see exactly how healthy or harmful their purchase is based on a QR code or NFC tag on the packaging of the product.

Global all-overseeing sustainability platform

Two GSES® Standards combined in one SMART -world changing- online,
data-driven system. The total GSES® System measures the following levels
and pillars:

4 levels of measurement:

  • standard level
  • organization level
  • supply chain level
  • product/project level

5 pillars of sustainability – organizational level:

  • Corporate Social Responibility – based on ISO 26000
  • Sustainable Procurement – based on ISO 20400
  • CO2 emissions – based on ISO 50001 & ISO 16064-1
  • Circular Economy – based on BS 8001
  • Health & Safety – based on ISO 45001

3 pillars of sustainability – product/project level:

  • Circular – based on EMF & Cradle2Cradle
  • Environmental – based on ISO 14040 & PEF
  • Health – REACH Compliance

1 overall scorecard

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Latest update 08-2019