11 years ago, Zenith proposed a new concept of environmental impact labelling to accompany the current system for nutrition labelling.
Now, the French organisation Ferme France has announced a far broader social footprint label, to be introduced on trial products before the end of this year.
The French scheme has an admirable simplicity, summarising social impact in a single score out of 100.
Underpinning the French figure is a complex structure of analysis:
• 6 categories – environment, traceability, nutrition/health, work conditions and animal well-being, equity and economic contribution, general interest
• 36 sub-categories
• 185 indicators
• 4 performance levels
• full supply chain analysis.
Other existing methodologies such as the Nutri-Score will be incorporated.
Even the Zenith proposal was going to incur considerable cost, but there will be a time when social footprints are as common as nutrition labels.