Download the New GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard

Download the New GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard

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“The new Corporate Value Chain Standard provides a much needed harmonized global methodology for businesses to measure value chain greenhouse gas emissions. Our road test of the new Scope 3 standard provides us with key data to drive our strategic business decisions regarding greenhouse gas reductions. We encourage other businesses to similarly employ this effective method to measure, and subsequently address, greenhouse gas emissions from the entire value chain."

Kelly Semrau, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability, S.C. Johnson

“Our work with the GHG Protocol was instrumental in guiding our first efforts towards environmental footprinting. In 2010 Kraft Foods participated in the GHG Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard ‘road test’. Our Scope 3 inventory results are the backbone that informed our future footprint work. For GHG Protocol, the feedback from Kraft Foods informed the final Scope 3 standard WRI will be launching around the world this October.”

Dan Pettit, Associate Director of Sustainability for Research Development & Quality at Kraft Foods

““We believe that by adopting the same standards, we can move ahead faster with confidence to tackle product emissions. CGF represents more than 400 members in the Consumer Goods Sector with annual sales of more than $3 trillion.”

Jeff Rice, Director Sustainability Walmart, Co-leading the Consumer Goods Forum work

The Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard allows companies to assess their entire value chain emissions impact and identify the most effective ways to reduce emissions. Often, the majority of total corporate emissions come from scope 3 sources, which means many companies have been missing out on significant opportunities for improvement. Users of the new standard can now account for emissions from 15 categories of scope 3 activities, both upstream and downstream of their operations. The scope 3 framework also supports strategies to partner with suppliers and customers to address climate impacts throughout the value chain. The Corporate Value Chain Standard has been created through a broad, inclusive, multi-stakeholder process. Over a three year period:

  • 2,300 participants were involved from 55 countries;
  • 96 members participated in technical working groups to draft the standard, and;
  • 34 companies from various industries road tested the standard in 2010.

The new standards provide a methodology that can be used to account for and report emissions from companies of all sectors, globally. They are accompanied by user-friendly guidance and tools developed by the GHG Protocol.

Tools and Guidance

Title Date Size

Guidance for Calculating Scope 3 Emissions (Draft)

Oct 2011 976 KB

Supplier Engagement Guidance

Oct 2011 65 KB

Global Warming Potentials

Oct 2011 34 KB

Sample Scope 3 GHG Inventory Reporting Template

Oct 2011 33 KB

Third Party Databases

Oct 2011

Diagram of scopes and emissions across the value chain

Oct 2011

Background Materials

Title Date Size


Oct 2011 104 KB


Oct 2011 128 KB

Past Documents and Drafts

Nov 2011