'The 3rd UNFSS Flagship is set to impart an agenda surrounding Voluntary Sustainability Standards (thereafter known as VSS) and its relation to trade issues, in particular the impact of VSS on market access. Where traditional trade theory is concerned, the focus has been mainly tied to tariffs and non-tariff measures.
Biofuels and biomaterials
This infographic by Bonsucro summarises key outcome statistics from the Bonsucro 2017 Outcome Report and illustrates the organisation’s contribution to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The scope of the Outcome Report considers 226 observations from 60 mills and three farmer associations in Australia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nicaragua and Thailand, during the period between June 2011 and December 2016.
In the context of the ambitious environmental, social and economic targets within the Sustainable Development Goals, new partnerships are emerging which aim to scale-up sustainable production, trade and consumption.
This 2017 report highlights key findings on transnational standard setting multi-stakeholder initiatives (MSIs), their presence in various industries, patterns in MSI institutional governance, and analysis of how these MSIs set and monitor compliance with their standards. Results are based on initial findings from the MSI Database, a searchable online resource cataloguing information about the scope, governance, and operations of MSIs.
This 2017 Outcome Evaluation Report aims to evaluate the results obtained by Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterial in 2015 and 2016 and compare them to the expected outcomes, as defined in the RSB's Theory of Change, using certification data and covering issues such as reach, GHG emissions, soil and water.
RSB has seen growth in the number of certified operators, operational sites included in the scope of certification and countries of operation - 49 sites in 17 countries were certified by December 2016, compared to 23 sites in 14 countries in October 2014.
This 2017 outcome report seeks to assess key monitoring and evaluation indicators, to provide an evaluation of the performance of Bonsucro in delivering its mission and reaching its vision, and to identify the measurable outcomes directly achieved by operators. It is based on analyses carried out by the Bonsucro secretariat using different sources of data, including certification data, independent research and member survey data.
Transparency, accessibility and rigour are three key drivers of credibility. Credibility and trust are intrinsically linked; to engender trust a standards system must be credible.
This infographic provides examples, from recent research, that illustrate the positive effect of full ISEAL membership on transparency, accessibility and rigour of a standards system.
This 2017 ISEAL report demonstrates how sustainability standards that are ISEAL members are already contributing to the SDGs, pulling together evidence, primarily from members’ evaluation studies and monitoring data and select external sources, of how certification is driving positive economic, social and environmental impacts in many sectors, resulting in measurable progress toward SDG targets.
This 2017 report by Aidenvironment and commissioned by ISEAL, reviews the business benefits that using sustainability standards can deliver to various business entities along the length of the supply chain. It also aims to gain understanding on how benefits materialise and the limitations to the delivery of such benefits.
A new report published by WWF and ISEAL today indicates how businesses can contribute strongly to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and unlock new market opportunities by using credible voluntary sustainability standards to transform entire sectors and supply chains.