What is FSA?

A simple, highly effective tool to assess, improve and communicate on-farm sustainability

  • Developed by SAI Platform members with suppliers, farmers, and external stakeholders

  • Used by leading food & drink companies to source sustainably produced agricultural raw materials

  • Used by farmers to assess their farms' sustainability
  • Provides a single benchmark for comparing existing codes, schemes and legislation
  • Supports aggregating farming data across countries, commodities, and suppliers – serving as a basis for continuous improvement

What are the benefits?

Helps both companies and farmers to save time and resources

  • FSA is free to use and available to anyone interested in sourcing sustainably

For companies:

  • Provides one single, industry-aligned, and widespread tool to meet sustainable sourcing targets
  • Helps to reduce the burden of having to assess and verify multiple farm practices using different schemes and codes

For farmers:

  • Saves time & resources as using just one reference tool means not having to complete multiple assessments for multiple customers
  • Helps improve their practices and increases opportunities to do business with companies interested in sourcing sustainably

How does it work?

Farmers complete a simple questionnaire addressing sustainability impacts of farming

  • The easy scoring mechanism provides farmers and their customers with a visualized overview of their farms' sustainability
  • Companies assess and compare the sustainable practices of multiple suppliers and farmers using a single tool

  • Companies, standards organizations and legislators can use the FSA to benchmark existing standards and schemes

FSA scores sustainable agriculture
on 3 performance levels

BRONZE refers to a minimum 100% coverage of essentials and 75% of basic.

Solid base of good farming practices.


SILVER refers to a minimum 100% coverage of essentials, 80% of basic, and 50% of advanced.

Sustainable farming practices recognized by leading companies.


GOLD refers to a minimum 100% coverage of essentials, 100% of basic and 75% of advanced.

Sustainable farming practices that really stand out.

Working with FSA



Using the FSA tool

Guidance & Support

FSA for farmers

Farmers can use the FSA to assess and improve sustainable agriculture practices and communicate to customers in a consistent format.

To complete the FSA, you have 2 options:

1. Download the manual tool (Excel) in English or 18 other languages

2. Go to our online tool to input data and see your results directly online. You can save your results into a private account and share them with customers of your choice. NOTE: currently only available for test users.

More information?

FAQs for Farmers

FSA Brochure

FSA Benefits for Farmers

FSA On-Farm User Guide 

Introducing FSA Video

Using FSA Video

FSA for companies

Companies can use the FSA as a single tool to meet sustainable sourcing goals across many commodities.  

If you are a company wanting to use the FSA, you have 2 options:

1. Use the manual tool (Excel)

2. Use the online tool, and you can invite suppliers or farmers in your supply chain to start using the FSA. NOTE: currently only available for test users.

  • You can also use FSA to benchmark standards (e.g. company codes, certification schemes, legislation).
  • Check out an overview of completed, 'in progress' or planned benchmarks.

More information?

FAQs for Companies

FSA Brochure

FSA Benefits for Companies

FSA Presentation

Introducing FSA Video

Using FSA Video

FSA for other users

Other users can include governments, NGOs, standard organizations, universities and consultants.

  • You can use FSA as a reference for defining the scope of sustainable agricultural practices. We engage with public and private organizations to benchmark existing codes, schemes and legislation against the FSA. We do this for alignment and knowledge sharing purposes, and with the ultimate aim to scale practices globally.

More information?

  • FSA in general:

FSA Brochure

FSA Presentation 

FSA Benefits for Farmers

FSA Benefits for Companies

Introducing FSA Video

  • Using the FSA:

On-Farm User Guide 

FSA Manual Tool (Excel)

Benchmarking Results and Planning Overview 

Using FSA Video

The development of FSA

Phase 1 - Origins

FSA has been developed in response to an expressed need for a single set of sustainable agriculture requirements on which the industry is aligned.

Phase 2 - FSA 1.0

The first draft (FSA 1.0) went through a pilot phase with a number of pioneers testing it with their suppliers and producers.

SAI Platform also consulted with other stakeholders including 20 expert organizations.

Phase 3 - FSA 2.0

FSA 2.0 was launched in April 2014.

Key changes included a simplification of questions; an expansion of key topics; a clarification between requirements and recommended practices; and new performance levels.

We are now working hard on implementation and scaling.

FSA currently covers all crops, agricultural ingredients for food & drink and others such as cotton. 

Phase 4 - Future

To improve the FSA, we will review and revise it every 3 years, engaging with a broad cross-section of stakeholders.

We are starting the revision process for FSA 2.0 early 2016, and will launch FSA 3.0 in April 2017.

A European Beef FSA module will be ready by April 2016.

We also continue to improve FSA functionality: data management & aggregation, availability in additional languages, legislation filters, and implementation support.

Contact us

Jenny Edwards

FSA Program Manager