Standard Owner Benchmark - THE NON-GMO PROJECT

By CommonShare

The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization based in the United States that is committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. The organization was founded in 2007 and is one of the leading organizations in the non-GMO movement.

The Non-GMO Project provides a third-party verification program that identifies products that have been produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. Products that meet the Non-GMO Project's standards are labeled with the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, which is recognized by consumers and retailers as a trusted symbol of GMO avoidance.

The Non-GMO Project's verification process includes:

Testing: The Non-GMO Project requires that products be tested for the presence of GMOs using an approved testing method. The testing must be conducted by a third-party laboratory.

Traceability: The Non-GMO Project requires that manufacturers provide documentation and other evidence to demonstrate that their products are not genetically modified. This includes tracing the product back to its original source and verifying that all ingredients are non-GMO.

Best Practices: The Non-GMO Project requires that manufacturers follow best practices for GMO avoidance, such as avoiding high-risk crops and implementing rigorous supply chain management practices.

In addition to its verification program, the Non-GMO Project provides education and outreach to consumers and retailers about the risks associated with GMOs and the benefits of non-GMO products. The organization also advocates for GMO labeling and transparency in the food industry.

Overall, the Non-GMO Project plays an important role in promoting and supporting the production and availability of non-GMO products, while also educating consumers about the importance of GMO avoidance. The organization's work helps to create a more transparent and sustainable food system that is better for people and the planet.

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This is a benchmark to help companies understand which standards should be part of a sustainable procurement plan. Further, the benchmark allows standard setting schemes, i.e. "Standard Owners", to benchmark their performance versus industry peers.