What is the implementation timeline for these changes? Producer and brand level
The development towards a unified standard system has been underway since we first announced
our Climate+ strategy in 2019. The draft standard will be made available for public comment in two
iterations: the first draft was released for public comment in May 2023, and the second draft is
estimated to be released for public comment in September 2023; timelines may be adjusted.
The final standard is planned to be released in early 2024. When the standard is finalized, this will
not mean that it is immediately effective or mandatory. Throughout 2024, we will conduct a full
internal systems update, as well as provide the necessary implementation planning for all
stakeholders in the system.
According to our current standard finalization and implementation timeline, the standard will be
effective in 2025. This means that sites will be able to request certification and certification bodies
will be equipped to audit against the standard. In 2026, the standard will be mandatory, meaning
all sites will need to be certified to the new system and the unified standard system will supersede
applicable previous standards, which will be defined in the final standard.