Short info


January 2014


Comparison website


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn

My role

Art direction, data visualisation & interface design


Bureau for Digital Good, Berlin

Project description

The »Sustainability Standards Comparison Tool« supports evaluations of standards’ performance against user-defined preferences, benchmarks and each other.

Together with the Bureau I developed an easy-to-use front-end to the rather complex underlying algorithms. In order to be able to see and make any sense of the plethora of generated data, I visualised everything in a beautifully simple and understandable way.

The SSCT covers a wide range of social and environmental standards from the consumer goods sector, such as food, textiles and IT.

For each of these product groups, it analyses how far standards address relevant environmental issues, such as water usage, soil fertility and chemical use, and relevant social issues, such as Freedom of Association, Forced Labor, and Discrimination.

In addition, the SSCT covers criteria to measure a standards’ credibility by looking at good practices in the areas of scheme management, standard-setting, assurance, claims and traceability.

Businesses, governments and others are increasingly seeking clarity on how sustainability standards perform and compare with each other. The SSCT will enable deep analysis and comparison based on all the criteria available.

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