Social conditons are a crucial component of sustainable production
Working and general living conditions are important social criteria that play a crucial role for the assessment of sustainability risks. Examples for social indices are poverty, infant mortality, forced labor, child labor or corruption.
Social data from reputable sources
To provide users with a reliable indication of social risks, GRAS collects available social data from reputable sources that are relevant for sustainability certification of agricultural and forestry products, and integrates them into a comprehensive national Social Factor per country. Social indices include topics such as social and health equity, human rights, labor rights, social responsibility and human adaptation.
GRAS displays sub-regional data
For relevant countries, GRAS additionally displays sub-regional data, for example on the livelihoods of indigenous people or food insecurity risks.
GRAS actively supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nation:
GRAS works towards deforestation-free supply chains
Through globally conducted sustainability risk analyses on different stakeholder levels, GRAS works towards deforestation-free supply chains and the conservation of HCV and HCS areas to protect the world’s biodiversity, leading to improvements of living standards of local communities, reduction of poverty, and more equality.
Further, specific goals of the SDGs are recognized within the social components of the GRAS Index through relevant indicators:
- The integrated HDI is based on the dimensions of health, education and standard of living
- Human well-being and nutrition are reflected through the GHI which is part of the GRAS Social Index
- The WGI displays political stability and absence of violence and is integrated in the GRAS Social Index
- By integrating the UNICEF database, GRAS also provides information related to drinking water and sanitation
- The integrated EPI is a good indicator for the quality of life below water and life on land
Thailand, Vietnam and Kenya now available in the GRAS Tool
12 Sept 2019 – Information on biodiversity, land use change, carbon stock and social indices are now available for a total of 46 countries. Access the GRAS Tool and explore its various functionalities and datasets.
GRAS Fire Alerts to monitor deforestation activities
6 Sept 2019 – This summer deforestation activities around the globe have reached a new level, especially in Brazil and again in Indonesia. Use the GRAS Fire Alerts to support the effective monitoring of deforestation activities in selected regions.
INFORM Risk Index now available in the GRAS Tool
12 July 2019 – The GRAS Tool now contains subnational social risk indices from the INFORM Index for Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and Kenya.
Mapping and monitoring of smallholders to increase traceability
1 July 2019 – Our newly developed tools for smallholder mapping, monitoring and traceability actively support sustainable agricultural practices of smallholders on the ground.
Coffee sector increasingly uses GRAS for risk assessments
23 April 2019 – The coffee certification scheme 4C applies GRAS as a supportive tool for risk level identification and audit preparation purposes.