Environmental

ITC, IISD and FiBL Report: The State of Sustainable Markets 2018, Statistics and Emerging Trends (2018)

'This third global report provides new insights into the evolution of certified agriculture and forestry. ITC has teamed up once more with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Institute for Sustainable (IISD) to provide data about 14 major sustainability standards for bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, palm oil, soybeans, cane sugar, tea and forestry products'. 

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.

Meridian Institute Report: Conservation Impacts of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (2018)

In 2012, a committee of international experts from academia, business, and civil society published ‘Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification’. In addition to describing the history, key features and actors in voluntary standard systems (VSS), the report summarised the state of knowledge regarding VSS use and their potential to achieve conservation and other goals. It also enumerated existing evidence about VSS impacts, finding few studies and weak study designs. Since then, considerable effort has been made to fill research gaps.

Bonsucro infographic: Bonsucro outcome report (2017)

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.

MSC infographic: Demand for independent labelling of seafood is increasing globally (2018)

This infographic by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) highlights the findings of its 2018 global consumer survey. The survey was carried out by the research consultancy, GlobeScan, which questioned 18,900 seafood consumers across 22 countries.

The survey found that independent labelling increases brand trust and, notably, 72% of those surveyed said that there is a need for brands and supermarkets to independently verify their claims about sustainability: up from 68% in 2016.

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.

ISEAL report: The effectiveness of standards in driving adoption of sustainability practices: A State of Knowledge Review (2018)

Voluntary sustainability standards are an important means of providing assurance that products and materials traded in complex, global supply chains have been produced in an ethical and environmentally benign way. Understanding what these standards deliver on the ground is an important part of the debate about their ongoing relevance.