We stand for a better world

We believe that sustainable and inclusive trade should be the norm, not the exception. We developed a range of free tools to support economic actors of all sizes in making their businesses more sustainable.

Towards a meaningful economy

The last few decades have seen a huge expansion of trade volumes and the
emergence of a new model for trading products,the global value chains. Sustainability standards, which have also seen a tremendous uptake, offer an innovative framework for more inclusiveness in trade, and more respect of people and the environment.

Our solution to the problem

Navigating the constantly moving landscape of sustainability standards can be challenging. That’s why the United Nations have developed a range of tools, specifically tailored for the different actors along the value chains, enabling them to make informed decisions, better understand the sustainability initiatives landscape and connect with like-minded business partners

Standards Map: a roadmap to sustainable production, consumption and trade

Standards Map presents in-depth information on over 300 voluntary sustainability standards, applicable to sectors including agriculture, textile and garments, consumer products, forestry, mining and services. They are active in 192 countries and sorted across 1650 criteria.

A trusted source of information

The United Nations is in partnership with over 300 standard-setting organizations, private companies and governments who work together to provide transparent, credible information to ensure that economic actors take informed decisions when transitioning towards sustainable, production and trade.

Our story

Standards Map was launched in 2011 by the International Trade Center, an agency of the United Nations. It followed on the wave of the creation of new standards during the past decade, reflected their evolutions, showing their wide application in different economic sectors, and explained their contribution within the broader context of global trade and development. The wealth of information comprised in the Standards Map has also been a catalyst for innovative programs and collaborations.