'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.
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This infographic illustrates the benefits and impacts of sustainability standards in India. Examples range from increased income for certified coffee farmers in Andhra Pradesh, better social and environmental performance for certified tea estates in Tamil Nadu, to business benefits in the diamond cutting sector.
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 webinar explores the benefits of Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) certification. We hear from three RJC members who successfully implemented the RJC codes of practices and achieved certification.
The speakers describe what it means to be subject to independent audits and the benefits of this, how certification helps manage and reduce risk, as well as strengthen commercial relationships.
You can watch a recording of the webinar below.
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.
A new report by Aidenvironment finds that sustainability standards improve market access, profitability and production for certified businesses, as well as enhance the reputation of and reduce risks for manufacturers and retailers.
This infographic illustrates the findings of the Aidenvironment research, commissioned by ISEAL Alliance, which analysed 40 studies to identify the benefits businesses gain from using sustainability standards and the related influential factors across the agricultural, fishery, mining and forestry sectors.
This independent research found that sustainability standards improve market access, profitability and production for certified businesses and enhance reputation while reducing risk for manufacturing and retailers.
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.