The Global Benchmark Tool

The GSSI Global Benchmark Tool is grounded in the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (CCRF), the FAO Guidelines for Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine/Inland Capture Fisheries and the FAO Technical Guidelines for Aquaculture Certification (FAO Guidelines).

The Tool includes Essential Components that are based on the CCRF and the FAO Guidelines and which seafood certification schemes must meet to be recognized by GSSI. GSSI has also created Supplementary Components, which allows schemes to show their diverse approach and helps stakeholders understand where differences between schemes may exist. These Supplementary Components are grounded in the CCRF and related FAO documents, ISO normative standards and ISEAL codes.

Benchmark Process

   

Benchmark Framework

   

Benchmark Result

Seafood certification schemes go through a seven step Benchmark Process to be recognized by GSSI. The expert led process involves objective assessments made against the Benchmark Framework. The process has been designed to be independent, impartial and transparent.

  The Benchmark Framework includes GSSI Essential Components which a seafood certification scheme   must meet for recognition, and GSSI Supplementary Components which allow schemes to show their diverse approach and help stakeholders understand where differences exist.  

Once a seafood certification scheme has gone through the Benchmark Process and is found in alignment with all GSSI Essential Components it will be publicly recognized by GSSI. GSSI will then publish a statement and a Benchmark Report on www.ourgssi.org 

 

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GSSI Global Benchmark Tool
(Version 1, October 2015)
 
GSSI Global Benchmark Tool User Manual
(Version 1, October 2015)
 
GSSI Global Benchmark Tool at a Glance

 

The Benchmark Process

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GSSI Global Benchmark Tool Framework

All seafood certification schemes will be assessed against Sections A and B. Depending on the scope of the seafood certification scheme, they will also be assessed against either Section C or D or both.

Benchmark Framework

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benchmark Result

Once a seafood certification scheme has gone through the Benchmark Process and is found in alignment with all GSSI Essential Components it will be publically recognized by GSSI. GSSI will then publish a statement and a Benchmark Report on this website.

Then it’s over to the seafood sector to make use of the information to help in decision-making. For producers, it means more options to choose the scheme that is right for them and reduce the need for multiple audits. For seafood buyers, it means simpler, more consistent data to guide their purchasing decisions. And for NGOs it means more open and checked information to help promote environmental sustainability.

 

 

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