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Co-creating sustainable impact at farm and processing level

SSI Prioritised sustainability issues


Measure and reduce the product’s environmental footprint with a focus on carbon, agrochemical use, water, and biodiversity.


Create positive impact on farmers & workers with a focus on prevention of child labour and supporting a living income

Due Diligence

The foundational building block of SSI, aims at accelerating transparency and continuous improvement in both environmental and social topics.

SSI Environmental Roadmap

Climate Program

The vision of our Climate Working Group is to measure and reduce the product environmental footprint with a focus on carbon, agrochemical use, water and biodiversity. As a result, all actions shall contribute to the Roadmap to Better Environment

Environmental Roadmap

1. Defining the challenge: By understanding carbon issues, scopes 1, 2 and 3, GHG protocol, SBTi etc., an environmental footprint tool (EFT) is developed to support companies understanding issues, identifying priorities and mapping main environmental risks along the entire supply chain.

2. Assessing the environmental footprint: SSI members are actively using the EFT to measure their carbon footprint, which would facilitate a more in-depth data analysis and Life Cycle Analysis to identify emission hotspots.

3. Verify & Align: By facilitating joint dialogue with sustainability standards on data verification, SSI plans to assure verification guidance and metrics in farm management systems.

4. Reduce the footprint: It is of utmost importance for SSI members to identify short-term actions on scope 1& 2, projects and collaborations with suppliers on scope 3 by setting carbon reduction targets at product level and exploring interventions in cultivation, post-harvest, processing stages.

5. Share learnings across stakeholders: SSI has invited forerunners to start sharing tangible environmental practices at General Assembly, inspiring other SSI members to take actions.

    Three climate subgroup

    Three subgroup are established to facilitate tangible progress for the Environmental Roadmap, including SBTi team, Environmental Footprint
    team, and Regenerative Agriculture team. Each of them have set clear vision, objectives, and action items every quarter.

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    team, and Regenerative Agriculture team. Each of them have set clear vision, objectives, and action items every quarter.

    Living Income drivers

    Social Program

    The vision of our Living Income and Child Labour Working Groups are to create positive impact on farmers & workers with a focus on prevention of child labour and supporting a living income.

    Realizing Living Income
    SSI’s mission is to ensure the long-term availability of spices by securing the next generation of farmers a living income as foundation, while upholding human rights in the supply chain as part of a company’s due diligence process in line with upcoming EU Directive CSDDD​. By utilizing income measurement tools and identifying income drivers, members and platforms exchange on pathways for income increase and diversification. Living income also provides a lens to address other related human resource issues, such as gender-related issues, child labour etc.. For instance, SSI has a project in India to realize living income for tumeric farmers.
    Preventing Child Labour
    By leading discussions on child labour in Turkey, India and Vietnam, SSI has been building local child labour coalitions with members, government and NGOs to drive collection actions for awareness raisign, safe spaces for children etc.


    1. FairTrade & Unilever’s SAC are yet to be benchmarked against FSA 3.0, but will remain accepted based on the benchmark result against FSA 2.0 till further notice.
    2. It can be accepted and counted towards sustainable sourcing goals if combined with a verification audit done by one of the Verification Bodies recognized by FSA.

    Due Diligence Program

    The Vision of our Due Diligence & Standard Committee is to create a common sustainability certification language in the Herbs and Spices industry while equipping companies with tools and resources to perform their own supply chain due diligence.

    SSI Basket of Standards
    The basket of standards provide a list of certification that meets the minimum social, environmental and economic criteria to be considered “sustainable”, with the SAI FSA 3.0 benchmark being the common language in the Food and Beverage industry to compare sustainable certification and legislations. The standards in this basket are recognized by SSI members to cover the main issues and therefore considered sufficient to certify or verify sustainable production of spices.

    This SSI ‘basket’ requires that standards respond to some basic rules: show full transparency, allow comparability against other standards and international references from retail or international bodies (e.g. GSCP and ILO references), and are appraised by the SSI Benchmarking Working group against the key issues in the spices sector. A benchmarking tool was built especially for SSI by the International Trade Centre in Switzerland and made available for SSI members. New standards can enter the basket, provided they respond to above rules.

    Risk assessment tool (Agriplace)

    Growing number of countries are adopting, proposing, or considering Due Diligence laws.

    The EU’s CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive) and CSDD (Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive) aim to establish a harmonized approach to Sustainable Reporting and Due Diligence.

    SSI has been reinforcing the importance of Due Diligence, which empowers companies to identify, prevent, mitigate, and account for adverse impacts. These is a risk based, ongoing, and dynamic process that embeds responsible business conduct in policies.

    To better support SSI members with due diligence process and compliance, SSI has partnered with Agriplace from December 2023 to develop a SSI Due Diligence Sustainability Risk Assessment (SRA) tool that:

    • Uncover the key sustainability risks within the spices supply chain
    • Monitor and prioritize from more than 20 sustainability dimensions
    • Easily collect and view data from leading industry databases to unlock mitigation potential
    • Create a more sustainable and just spices supply chain
    Sustainability Due Diligence legislations in EU

    Few key legislations have established a mandatory corporate due diligence duty to guide companies with responsibilities and liability and ensure compliance in their business and operations, such as the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), Deforestation regulation, Forced labour ban regulations etc.. These legislations play a crucial role in guiding climate actions within the spices sector for ensuring accountability for companies’ environmental impact and social practices. Transparency also is essential for identifying areas needing improvement and showcasing responsible business practices.

    What Our Partners Say

    Tamás Sarkadi


    Collaborating closely in a precompetitive environment with likeminded platform members, be they peers, suppliers, customers or NGOs, ensures a sector-wide alignment and commitment towards a goal we can only achieve together; an accelerated, just and sustainable transition of the global food industry and its supply chains.

    Mario Gutiérrez

    Griffith Foods Worldwide Inc.

    The Sustainable Spices Initiative has played a significant role in our objective, helping us establish sustainable sourcing standards, learning best practices, validating credible impact reporting for our sustainable spices, providing carbon measurement tools, and identifying potential collaborations with like-minded companies.

    Patrick Barthelemy

    Cassia Co-op

    At Cassia Co-op, we believe that a supply chain is sustainable if it is fair for all its stakeholders and pragmatic from a logistics point of view.

    Cassia Co-op is proud to be part of SSI, a group of companies which aims at making a real difference.