Consumption I

SASB is conducting an implementation review of the provisional standards, including stakeholder consultation regarding the content of the standards. Please contact the Sector Analyst with any inquiries or input.

Lynn Xia

Sector Analyst, Consumption I (Food and Beverage)

(415) 830-9220 x 124


Lynn Xia leads standards development for the Consumption I (Food and Beverage) Sector at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), which encompasses the Agricultural Products, Meat, Poultry, & Dairy, Processed Foods, Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Beverages, Tobacco, Food Retailers & Distributors, and Restaurants industries. Lynn collaborates with issuers, the investment community and subject matter experts to develop financially-material sustainability standards.

Prior to joining SASB, Lynn was an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research where she performed economic and financial analysis for commercial litigations across accounting, intellectual property, valuation, securities, and related issues. Lynn holds a Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) and MBA from Duke University and B.A. in Business Administration and B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southern California.

Sector Publications


This page contains SASB’s provisional sustainability accounting standards for the Consumption I sector, along with a variety of additional resources for corporations, investors, analysts, and others with an interest in the sustainability profile of these seven industries. As SASB is committed to a transparent and open standards development process, this page also contains documents related to the standards development process for the sector.

Provisional Standards Helps public corporations disclose material, decision-useful information to investors.
SASB Navigator SASB’s Research Platform allows you to browse standards, analyze disclosure quality for 4000+ companies’ public filings, examine and benchmark against industry performance, access evidence of financial impact, and receive topic alerts to stay informed on emerging evidence.
Disclosure Topics Provides an overview of the SASB disclosure topics for the seven industries in the Consumption I sector.
Serves as a mock excerpt from a Form 10-K filing for a processed foods company, “AgaSea Foods Unlimited,” that incorporates disclosure to the SASB Standard for Processed Foods into its Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A). This document is an example of one type of disclosure SASB standards are designed to enable; it is not intended to provide a template for companies to follow.

Industry Working Group Participants

Contains the names of all the members of SASB’s Consumption I industry working groups who participated publicly. These participants contributed as individuals, not as representatives of their present or past companies.

Industry Working Group Due Process Report

Outlines the industry working group process, including recruiting processes, composition of members, IWG feedback, and how SASB addressed the input of the IWG.

Standards Outcome Report

Documents the changes made to SASB’s standards throughout the standards development process.

Standards Outcome Report Supplement

Contains all feedback received during the industry working groups, as well as SASB’s responses.

Standards Council Process and Standards Outcome Review

Prepared by the Standards Council, reviews and comments on the findings of the Industry Working Group Due Process Report and Standards Outcome Report.


Exposure Draft Version of Provisional Standards (All Industries)

Public Comments Received

SASB presented exposure drafts of its Consumption I standards for public review and comment. The 90 day public comment period began January 14, 2015.


Responses to Public Comment


Provisional Standards Helps public corporations disclose material, decision-useful information to investors.


The Consultation Summary comprises the results of SASB’s deep consultation period that began in Q4 2016. The consultation period set out to gather feedback from stakeholders regarding the materiality of topics and usefulness of the metrics prior to codifying the standards.
The Technical Agenda comprises items that may be appropriate to address for updates to the SASB Standards, which are slated to be codified in Q1 of 2018. Feedback on SASB’s Technical Agenda is welcome on an ongoing basis as it will inform future technical agendas; you may provide feedback by emailing the sector analyst.
The Exposure Drafts of the standards—which highlight the proposed changes to the provisional standards—were submitted for public comment from October 2, 2017, through January 31, 2018.
SASB presented Exposure Drafts of its Food & Beverage standards for public review and comment; review the Public Comments received.
SASB’s Summary of Public Comments is provided for transparency and public insight into the extent and nature of the comments received.