Manufacturing and textiles

UNFSS Report: Voluntary Sustainability Standards, Trade and Sustainable Development (2018)

'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.

ISEAL report: Understanding certified small producers' needs (2018)

In 2018, ISEAL conducted research aiming to uncover smallholder perspectives on standards, explore the issues facing small certified producers and suggest opportunities for innovation and scaling-up of standards systems to meet producer needs.

Below are links to the full report and executive summary detailing our findings.

Watch a webinar summarising key insights from the producer needs survey.

MSI Integrity and Duke University report: The new regulators? Assessing the landscape of multi-stakeholder initiatives (2017)

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.