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FOSSEM – A stepwise approach

To fulfill the “Right to Food” and to achieve FSS certification, all criteria need to be complied with. However, complying with all requirements at once can be challenging for a farm and may take more time to achieve full compliance. In these situations, the FSS offers an alternative path: Food Security Sensitive Management (FOSSEM).


FOSSEM is designed for farms that are not yet certified or cannot yet fully meet social sustainability requirements because they may be in a challenging context. It offers a step-by-step and customizable approach to implementing human rights due diligence requirements and can lead to full certification.

In the context of current due diligence legislation, it can be used as evidence to show companies’ commitment of corporate social responsibility at production level and their duty of care. It serves primarily as a tool for strengthening management structures that build on social sustainability requirements.

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The Food Security Standard (FSS) takes into account the Right to adequate Food in agricultural production. Applying the FSS in sustainability certification systems ensures that farmers, workers, and neighbouring communities are food secure.

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany, independent of politics and religion. It was established in 1962, as the German section of the “Freedom from Hunger Campaign”.

Meo Carbon Solutions is an independent consulting company with a focus on sustainable development solutions, smallholder empowerment and social compliance, sustainability certification and carbon footprint improvement. Meo is working on a global scale and supporting the application of the FSS.

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