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Consumer information for sustainable consumption

We believe in a world where everyone has access to safe and sustainable products and services that do not damage the environment or negatively impact future generations. As consumers, we want to live in a healthy environment, and have secure access to essential services like energy, water and sanitation. To enable consumers to make decisions, which support a more sustainable lifestyle for all, they need access to education and clear, reliable information. This is the aim of the Consumer Information for Sustainable Consumption & Production (CI-SCP) Programme that Consumers International has co-led since 2014, part of the UN’s One Planet Network.  

OUR WORK IN THIS AREA

We co-lead the Consumer Information Programme for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CI-SCP), one of six programmes under the UN’s One Planet Network. The One Planet Network is the network of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. The CI-SCP programme supports the provision of quality information on goods and services, and works with many global actors including civil society, businesses and government.

Through the programme, we support projects on product design and durability, behavioural science, standards and labelling, digital communication tools and other initiatives to encourage and empower consumers to lead more sustainable lifestyles.

We co-lead the programme with the German and Indonesian environment ministries, in collaboration with UN Environment and supported by an expert multi-stakeholder advisory committee – see all the actors here.

get involved

We co-manage the CI-SCP One Planet hub, sharing information and knowledge around sustainable consumption to trigger more global innovation and co-operation. Why not take a look, and even sign up and share your ideas and activities? New actors working in sustainable consumption wanting to contribute to the programme are welcome!

Highlights and successes

  • We contributed to the development of the ISO 26000 international guidance standard on Social Responsibility, guidance on how businesses and organisations can operate in a socially responsible way
  • As part of the One Planet Consumer Information for Sustainable Consumption & Production, we've contributed to several reports published by UN Environment. See the section below for more details.

Naomi Scott-Mearns promoting our work on sustainable consumption at the International Trade Centre headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information

The Guidelines, published by UN Environment, provide global guidance on making effective environmental, social and economic claims, to empower and enable consumer choice. 

The guidance and examples are suitable for companies (of all sizes and regions) to make effective, trustworthy claims to consumers, on product-related sustainability information.

They are available to download in English, Spanish, and German. 

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Reports

Ready to Drive the Market: Experiences from Road Testing the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information

This report complements the Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information by offering insights into the practical application of the Guidelines’ ten principles.

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The Long View - Exploring Product Lifetime Extension 

'The Long View', published by UN Environment, examines the durability of seven consumer products, from smartphones to fridges, and evidence for planned or premature obsolescence in wider consumer goods.

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Consuming Differently, Consuming Sustainably: Behavioural Insights for Policymaking

This report, published by UN Environment, looks at how strategies for encouraging behaviour change can improve policies for sustainable consumption.

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Shout it Out: Communicating Products' Social Impacts - a White Paper of the Consumer Information Programme

This White Paper’s identifies good practices of product-level social impact communication that can provide inspiration, and be built upon or replicated.

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news

Green Action Fund 2019 grantees announced

Consumers International is delighted to announce that 26 Consumers International members from developing and transitional economies are to be awarded a grant of £2,200 each to implement this year’s Green Action Fund campaigns.

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blog

Five trends driving progress towards Sustainable Consumption

To mark the week, we are sharing five notable trends that are actively driving progress towards sustainable consumption:

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Our Latest Publication

Social Media Scams: Understanding the Consumer Experience to Create a Safer Digital World

Social Media Scams: Understanding the Consumer Experience to Create a Safer Digital World

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