We know the future is all about collaboration

At SIM we know that alliances with important international initiatives are key to a successful future.

Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs)

SIM has an MoU with the International Trade Centre (ITC) for the use of “Standards Map”. Many of our clients use existing standards and Initiatives to manage risks. But what is the exact content of a standard? Standards Map provides comprehensive, verified and transparent information on voluntary sustainability standards and other similar initiatives covering issues such as food quality and safety. With the MOU SIM allows her clients and their suppliers easy and direct access to relevant information.

Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS)

SIM is an member on the ARTS committee for compliance audit management. The compliance audit management process includes the collection of master data related to factories and other supply chain actors. This process includes the data elements needed to support factory assessments and investigations into how factories adhere to company codes of conduct. In addition, there would be an initial phase before the exchange of individual audits between one or more external systems that would involve synchronization of factory data and other reference master data. SIM believes that the activities resulting from the ARTS initiative can help the SIM customers to get maximum access to existing data.

Consumer Goods Forum (CGF)

The specialization of SIM lies in making Supply Chains transparent that are related to consumer products: end products, Fresh products, raw materials, components, ingredients and packaging. The initiatives in the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) reflect what is material for SIM clients and we integrate the outcome of the “Sustainability Pillars” into practical solutions for our clients. SIM’s CEO Marjan de Bock-Smit has actively contributed to the Global Food Safety Initiative  (GFSI) and the Global Social Compliance Initiative (GSCP). SIM wants to be the CGF member that truly contributes to the CGF mission: Better lives through better business.

Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)

GSCP aims to build comparability and transparency between existing social compliance and environmental compliance systems. Marjan de Bock-Smit has been involved as project coordinator for the equivalence process

Global Food Safey Initiative (GFSI)

GFSI was initiated to build comparability and transparency in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. Marjan de Bock-Smit played an active role in defining the content of this initiative and contributed to the introduction of the GFSI in Europe and China. She wrote several articles about the initiative…

Food Policy NL

SIM is a member of Foodpolicy NL, a network aimed at translating sustainable trends and developments into opportunities. SIM believes it is important to be involved in discussions with managers from the Dutch food industry and retail. Challenges and opportunities for the Dutch industry and retail are representative for issues all over the world and it is a source of inspiration.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Some of the clients of SIM report to their stakeholders on the basis of the GRI guidelines. As a consequence SIM needs to align the data collection and validation on the basis of these guidelines, allowing their clients to save time and money. SIM’s Managing Director Leontien Hasselman-Plugge has been working for 10 years for the GRI and was involved in several Supply Chain initiatives of the GRI.

The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)

SIM actively supports the IDH with input and information. IDH has an important goal: to improve the sustainability of supply chains.


As the global association for social and environmental standards ISEAL works with established and emerging voluntary standard systems to develop guidance and help strengthen the effectiveness and impact of these standards. SIM is committed to be involved in creating solid and credible standard systems that give business, governments and consumers the ability to choose goods and services that have been ethically sourced but most of all help the environment and guarantee producers a decent living.

Sustainability Consortium

Some clients of SIM are member of the Sustainability consortium and SIM follows the development within the initiative with great interest. The Sustainability Consortium is developing a standardized framework for the communication of sustainability-related information throughout the product value chain. The framework, called the Sustainability Measurement & Reporting System (SMRS) serves as a common, global platform for companies to measure and report on product sustainability. The moment the sustainability consortium is releasing its framework SIM will investigate with her clients how the outcome can be used for collecting sustainability information from products from suppliers.

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