GSE® System standard

The GSE® System Standards – 2 GSE® System Standards – 1 worldwide platform

The Global Sustainable Enterprise System (GSE® System) consists of 2 standards: Global Sustainable Enterprise Standard & Sustainable Footprint Standard. The standards are open source and managed by a wide international range of experts, stakeholders from diverse industries led by the National Sustainability Institute of the Netherlands. GSE-System® is the golden standard for sustainable, social and holistic performance of organizations, supply chain & products

The Global Sustainable Enterprise Standard® – organizational level

The Global Sustainable Enterprise Standard is measuring organizations on organization level on all facets of sustainability. The Standard is based on GRI and ISO High Level Structure and compliance with UN Global Compact, OECD Guidelines and Responsible Business Alliance. The GSE® System Standard is suitable for SME’s & Corporates. The GSE® System Standard measures the following levels and pillars:

2 levels of measurement:

  • organization level
  • supply chain level

5 pillars of sustainability:

  • Corporate Social Responibility (CSR) – based on ISO 26000
  • Sustainable Procurement – based on ISO 20400
  • CO2 emissions – based on ISO 50001 & ISO 14064-1
  • Circular Economy (CE) – based on BS 8001
  • Health & Safety – based on ISO 45001 

The translation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) of the United Nations is also included in the GSE-System Standard. By integrating them into the overall GSE® System, we provide organizations with tools that helps them support the SDGs.

GSE® System Sustainable Footprint Standard® – product/project level 

In extension of the GSE® System Standard on organizational level, we developed a three-stage generic product certification which measures products/projects, buildings & raw matrials from all different sectors. With the Sustainable Footprint Standard the GSE® System offers a global solution for the generic measurement of products/projects, buildings & raw materials. The Sustainable Footprint Standard measures on 3 pillars:

  • Circular Footprint
  • Environmental Footprint
  • Health Footprint

Circular Footprint®

The NDI (National Sustainability Institute) & SGS Search have developed the Circular Footprint and harmonized it with a wide range of sectors and products with (inter)national experts. In order to properly measure all products from all different sectors on circularity,  we have developed a generic method that can be used worldwide. End users of products and raw materials can see exactly how circular their end product, project or building is by using a QR code or NFC tag. The QR code linked directly to the GSE-System global database in which all information about the scores can be viewed. 

Environmental Footprint®

SGS & NDI created the LCA certification; the Environmental Footprint for products, projects and buildings. The EF® certification is based on the ISO 14040 and the PEF, In order to properly measure all products, projects & buildings on an environmental performance we need a generic method that can be used worldwide. This method became the EF® certification. End users of products can see exactly how their product or project is ranked on environmental performance using the QR code or NFC tag on the packaging or branding of the product/project.

Health Footprint®

NDI & Royal Haskoning DHV developped the Health Footprint. In order to properly measure all products/projects from all different sectors on health risks, we need a generic method that can be used worldwide. End users of products  can see exactly how healthy or harmful their purchase is based on a QR code or NFC tag on the packaging of the product.


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Latest update 1-2020