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.
GRAS collects available social data from reputable sources that is relevant for sustainability certification of agricultural and forestry products. Social indices may deal with social and health equity, human rights, labor rights, social responsibility and human adaptation.
GRAS identified a couple of indexes that cover important issues such as hunger and nutrition, governance, availability of water etc. E.g. GRAS implemented index values from the Global Hunger Index (GHI), Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI), Global Slavery Index (GSI), Human Development Index (HDI), Environmental Performance Index (EPI) and the UNICEF database. Please learn more about the assessment and selection process of social issue databases in Methodology. GRAS took strong efforts and will further on conduct thorough research for the identification of appropriate social indexes that help to assess social sustainability issues.
All social indexes from varying sources on national level get comprised in an overall social factor that is valid for the whole country. The overall social factor can be displayed as a global ranking of relevant social sustainability risks in countries.
In some countries important social criteria can already be displayed on sub-administrative units, e.g. poverty can be determined for single provinces in Argentina. Hence for the time being such data has only informative character and is not included in the overall calculation of social sustainability as the availability and quality of social sub-administrative data is at present too heterogeneous.
GRAS actively supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nation:
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
News and events
Fire season at its peak in South America
The wildfire season of South America is currently at its peak of activity. Stay informed about the latest detected fires in your area of interest and receive a fire alert via e-mail, updated on a daily basis.
October 17th 2018
GRAS at the Sustainable Landscapes Conference, London, 6-7 Nov 2018
Dr. Mohammad Abdel-Razek will present how businesses can support smallholders integration. The Sustainable Landscapes Conference of the Innovation Forum takes place on 6th November 2018 in London. Join GRAS in the session: Farmers - How can business help provide smallholders with the necessary finance and funding that they need?
September 30th 2018
New GRAS Index functionality available
You have now the option to adjust the weighting factors of the GRAS Index of your assessment in the GRAS Tool according to case-and region specific preferences!
September 15th 2018
Honduras now available in the GRAS Tool
Honduras is now available in GRAS. The dataset includes layers on Land Use Change, Biodiversity, Carbon Stock and Social Data. GRAS will add more countries in Central America and other world regions soon.
March 13th 2018
We cordially invite you to join the free webinar on how to “Implement and Monitor Deforestation-Free Supply Chains” with GRAS, taking place on 13 March 2018, 10:00 am (CET) and 5:00 pm (CET). The webinar will give you an insight on new functionalities of GRAS, outline recent case studies and give the attendants the chance to ask their questions. Register for the webinar here.
March 2nd 2018
Addressing the sustainability of sugarcane
In the recent issue of Biofuels International, GRAS is presented as a secure and credible solution provider for companies to prove compliance with national and international sustainability regulations and corporate commitments. The article shows how GRAS can be used to identify deforestation and grassland conversion and determine the exact point in time the land use change took place. The full article can be found here.
February 27th 2018
Sub-national data on Acute Food Insecurity now online for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Food Security Classification data of FEWS NET (Famine Early Warning Systems Network) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now available in GRAS. The dataset includes near and medium term projections, and is updated on a monthly basis.
February 21st 2018
Colombia, South Africa and Peru now available in the GRAS Tool
GRAS added Colombia, South Africa and Peru to the Web Tool. The datasets include layers on Land Use Change, Biodiversity, Carbon Stock and Social Data. More countries will follow soon.
January 31st 2018
GHG values for canola cultivation in Australia and Canada now online
GHG emission values for canola cultivation in Australia and Canada, officially acknowledged by the European Commission, are now available in GRAS. The values have been published in the Commission Implementing Decisions (EU) 2017/2356 and (EU) 2017/2379, respectively.
January 29th 2018
GRAS Fire Alert online now
The new GRAS Fire Alert function is now available for Indonesia and countries in South America. Beside the visualization of latest and historical fires within the tool, the user can now register for an e-mail alert. The user will be informed based on daily updates, in case a fire was identified within an area individually defined by himself.
January 11th 2018
GRAS article in ITC News
GRAS wrote an article in ITC News (2017-2), the alumni magazine of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente. The article presents how GRAS provides solutions for a fact-based, objective and credible sustainability reporting and the support of efficient and reliable sustainability certification. The magazine contains results of an interdisciplinary workshop in Enschede, Netherlands.
January 10th 2018
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