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Welcome to the Sustainable Sourcing Semantic Wiki!

What is the Sustainable Sourcing Project?

The Sustainable Sourcing Project was established to address the overarching challenge of how to measure the sustainability of agricultural sourcing practices and their effect on the global food system. The goal is to determine metrics that are useful at multiple scales for any agricultural commodity sourced from any part of the world. Moreover, this complex information needs to be organized and bounded to be useful for decision making. Two Frameworks have been developed to situate supply chains within the global food system: the Impact-Mitigation Framework and the Vulnerability/Resilience Framework. A broad assessment of the issues that are important to sustainability was made from three distinct perspectives: Corporations, Global Initiatives, and Livelihoods. The issues harvested from these three perspectives were translated into a standardized vocabulary and then categorized into 44 Integrated Issues, divided into four main Capital Groups: natural capital, human capital, physical & financial capital, and social & political capital, and detailed into a list of 300+ component issues that represent important aspects of the broader integrated issues. So far, 2000+ indicators and correlated data sources that provide measurable ways to define sustainability have been compiled and semantically linked to the integrated and component issues.

Categories and Pages

  1. Physical and Financial Capital
  2. Social and Political Capital
  3. Human capital
  4. Natural capital

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Getting started

  • Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.

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