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NSF International releases Professional Services Sustainability Standard for Review

NSF International, an American product testing, inspection and certification organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, released  a sustainability standard for professional services and is seeking public comment.


The comment period for the NSF International’s professional services sustainability standard 391.1 is now open. Comments are being accepted until November 6th 2017.


The standard, NSF 391.1, applies triple bottom line (environmental, social, and economic) measures plus supply chain considerations to how a company does business. Unlike many standards, NSF 391.1 does not assess a single attribute of service delivery like a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but incorporates that consideration and others into a nuanced review of a professional services company’s business practices.


Professional service providers can use the standard to certify that its services meet the criteria of the standard. Institutional purchasers can use the standard as one method to incorporate sustainability into its purchasing decisions.  


NSF 391.1 was developed as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standard. Multiple stakeholders participated in its development, including industry representatives and institutional purchasers. Its certification is meant to be achievable by small business as well as large corporations. That is not to say creating the standard was simple. More perspective is always welcome. It is what makes public input so important.


The ANSI public comment draft: http://standards.nsf.org/apps/group_public/download.php/39391/NSF_391i1r1%20draft%2009-8-2017.pdf


Submit comments to kfranklin@nsf.org (with copy to psa@ansi.org)


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