About the tool v2.0

At the Global Benchmark Tool launch in October 2015, it was agreed that the Tool would be reviewed every three years. Planning for the review began in October 2018, with the process kick-started in January 2019.

The review process will update and simplify the Global Benchmark Tool while maintaining the robust benchmark standard and the Tool’s alignment with the FAO guidelines. The review will be focused on the following three areas:


Improvement of benchmark component language

Reduction of the number of components to reduce complexity while maintaining the benchmark standard

Inclusion of new FAO guidelines as supplementary components

To learn more about the Expert Working Groups contact us at secretariat@ourgssi.org.



Timeline for the Revision

January 2019

Schemes, Independent Experts and Benchmark Committee Members provide feedback on v1.0 of the Tool and the Tool Process.

May 2019

Expert Working Group ‘kick-off’ session in Amsterdam.

May 2019

30-day public consultation on v1.0 of the Tool.

September 2019

2-day Expert Working Group meeting to review the first draft of the Global Benchmark Tool v2.0.

October 2019

Expert Working Groups finalize first draft of the Global Benchmark Tool v2.0 for public consultation.

November 2019

GSSI Steering Board approves first draft for public consultation.

December 2019-January 2020

60-day public consultation.

February 2020

Expert Working Groups review consultation comments and draft proposal for integration into v2.0.

April 2020

Final Expert Working Group Meeting to finalise v2.0.

May 2020

GSSI Steering Board approves final v2.0 for publication.

July 2020

Launch of the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool v2.0.