'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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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.
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 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.
A new policy report finds a positive relationship between ISEAL membership and “producer-friendly” sustainability standards systems.