Creating the Standard
One of the main goals of SSI is to create a generic sustainability standard for the spice sector.
For this, Rainforest Alliance has been selected in adapting the Sustainable Agriculture Standard (SAN) to the production of spices.
Focus spices for now are pepper, ginger, turmeric, chilies, vanilla, cloves and cassia.
Through local workshops with stakeholders in Indonesia, Vietnam, India and Madagascar, Rainforest Alliance develops Local Interpretation Guidelines for these seven spices. In 2013 this project should be finalized.
Eventually, these guidelines will be extended to all 34 culinary spices recognized by the European Spice Association (ESA).