GNF - Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Industry

Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Industry



The objective of the EU-wide project “Biodiversity in Standards and Labels for the Food Industry” is to improve the biodiversity performance of standards and labels within the food industry by a) supporting standard-setting organizations to include efficient biodiversity criteria into their schemes; and b) motivating food processing companies and retailers to include biodiversity criteria into their sourcing guidelines.


This is achieved through

  • Trainings for certifiers and auditors as well as the responsible personnel in companies.
  • Development and implementation of a universal monitoring system for biodiversity.
  • Dissemination of results and information to the food sector and standard-setting organizations.


A European-wide initiative on “Biodiversity in Standards and Labels of the Food Sector” will continue working on the topic even after this project ends in 2020.

Actions and means involved

Forty standards and food labels will be evaluated for their biodiversity criteria and a baseline report and recommendations for the improvement of the criteria will be published. Interested standards organizations and companies will be advised in the revision of their criteria.


With the help of a newly developed Biodiversity Performance Tool (BPT), the current situation and the further development for biodiversity protection on farms will be analyzed. Through a pilot project involving farms in cereal cultivation (Germany), tomato cultivation (Spain), olive production (Spain), in grasslands used for meat production (Portugal) and grasslands used for milk production and dairy products (France), the BPT will be tested. The final version of the BPT will be made available for certifiers, assessors and product managers. They will also be involved in a training program on biodiversity.


Finally, a monitoring-system and database tracking the biodiversity performance at farm level will be set up. Using this database, standard-setting organizations and companies will be able to monitor the positive effects and improve upon their criteria and measures.


A joint project: Sustainable Sourcing of Vegetables for Nestlé


More information:

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Stefan Hörmann

Global Nature Fund - Office Bonn

Phone: +49 228 184 86 94 11


 Easy Guide: Insect Protection in Standards of the Food Sector
 Biodiversity Fact Sheets
To improve biodiversity protection in policy and criteria of food standards and sourcing requirements of food companies and retailers
 Baseline Report
Biodiversity in standards and labels for the food sector
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 Logo Food and Biodiversity

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Supported by:

 Supporters of the project

Project partners:

 Bodensee Stiftung
 Agentur auf!
 Fundación Global Nature España
 Instituto Superior Técnico

Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The project should make a concrete contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

 Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
 Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
 Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
 Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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until September 2020




Bodensee-Stiftung, Germany

Agentur auf!, Germany

Solagro, France

agoodforgood, France

Fundación Global Nature España, Spain

Institute Superior Técnico (IST), Portugal


LIFE Programme of the European Union, German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), Fundación Biodiversidad (Spain), Ministère de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation (France), Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire (France), La Région Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée (France)