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Reflecting on current and future trends affecting standards and similar systems

There are hundreds of standards and certification schemes on the market – but some are more credible than others. The ISEAL Credibility Principles aim to represent the core values on which effective sustainability systems are built. ISEAL developed the Credibility Principles through a global consultation with a diverse group of more than 400 stakeholders with the guidance of an international multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. Their goal was to pinpoint the fundamental qualities that make sustainability systems most likely to achieve positive

7-9 October 2019|International Trade Centre’s T4SD Forum

  Now in its sixth year, the annual Trade for Sustainable Development Forum is one of the leading global events focused on major trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards. Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the T4SD Forum will again take place in conjunction with the WTO Public Forum, from 7-9 October.     How long before sustainability becomes the norm? This year, the T4SD Forum will reflect the new realities of international trade and focus on sustainability mainstreaming – the

FiBL report: Group Certification. Internal Control Systems in Organic Agriculture: Significance, Opportunities and Challenges

About 80% of the world’s organic producers are smallholders in low and middle income countries, for whom individual certification would be unaffordable and administratively too complex to manage. These producers are recognised as organic due to group certification, a system in which groups of farmers implement an Internal Control System (ICS) and are certified by a third party certification body, which assesses the performance of the ICS and performs a representative number of spot-check inspections of group members. The approach

ISO launches tool that maps International Standards to SDGs

Recognizing the immense value of international standards can make, ISO recently launched a campaign to inform members, policy makers, businesses and organizations on how ISO standards can contribute to the United Nations Development Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). A dedicated section on its Website features a mapping tool that highlights more than 600 standards that contribute directly to achieving the Goals, as well as an informative brochure. It is intended to serve as a valuable resource

Presentation of 3rd UNFSS Flagship at NTMs Week 2018, October 11, Geneva

Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) Week Trade Regulations and Voluntary Sustainability Standards Date: 9-11 October 2018 Venue: Room XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva Hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the NTM week will provide a platform for policymakers, practitioners and researchers to discuss cutting-edge issues surrounding the impact of Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs), including voluntary sustainability standards (VSS), on international trade and sustainable development. Together, they will consider ways of “shaping sustainable trade amid protectionism”. Regulatory and non-regulatory measures have become more