SMART is an innovative instrument for sustainability analysis and assessment of farms and food production companies and is based on the globally valid SAFA guidelines. It was developed by sustainability experts at the three research institutes FiBL Switzerland
, FiBL Austria
and FiBL Germany
. SMART is not to be confused with a standard or label. However, as a tool for analysis it is excellently suited for the development of new standards and certificates. Essentially, SMART consists of a highly efficient data base as well as a scientifically based assessment method including a broad indicator-pool. With SMART, sustainability performance can be extensively and holistically analysed and also evaluated in an authentic, transparent and comparable way. SMART enables companies in the agri-food sector to receive a scientifically-grounded overview of the sustainability performance of their business and supply chains, identify and minimize sustainability risks, effectively improve their sustainability performance, assess the benefits and trade-offs of project activities and improvement measures and communicate their sustainability performance credibly and authentically.