SSCT

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

When

January 2014

What

Online comparison tool

Client

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Bonn

My role

Data visualisation & interface design

Agency

Bureau for Digital Good, Berlin

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The Sustainability Standards Comparison Tool is an initiative of ISEAL, the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the UN International Trade Centre (ITC).

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

In addition, it measures 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.

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.

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.