Spotlight on Partners

DIE/MGG Report: South-South and Triangular Knowledge Cooperation on Sustainability Standards

South-South and Triangular Knowledge Cooperation on Sustainability Standards Voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) are exerting a growing influence on domestic markets and global value chains. Three main factors drive the evolution of product-specific labels and certification schemes. First, more affluent consumers – be that in advanced economies or among the expanding middle-class in developing and middle income countries – increasingly look out for “clean” or “green” goods and services, which meet certain social, labour, environmental and health criteria (Pande, 2017). Second, the

ISEAL report: The effectiveness of standards in driving adoption of sustainability practices (2018)

A State of Knowledge Review (2018) Voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) 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. To address this question, ISEAL commissioned 3Keel and the University of Oxford to conduct a review of the evidence on whether standards systems drive the adoption

The Political Economy of Sustainable Palm Oil in China and India

New research looks into emerging markets and private governance, in particular at the case of sustainable palm oil in China and India. Carried out by Dr. Philip Schleifer from University of Amsterdam and Dr. Yixian Sun from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), the study suggested that “private governance programs are now an important source of regulation in global value chains – particularly in the context of North-South trade”. The study posed the

Public policy and private standards, case studies by ISEAL Alliance

A new series of case-studies developed by the ISEAL Alliance illustrates how VSS and governments can collaborate to create more sustainable supply chains. With this initiative, ISEAL aims to provide new insights for policy-makers and stimulate further dialogue on the interactions between governments and sustainability standards – an important topic that was the focus of the UNFSS’s 2nd Flagship report in 2016. The case-studies build on the UNFSS Flagship report discussions into the optimal dynamics between public policy processes

ITC launches Sustainability Map to increase transparency and connectivity in international value chains

(Geneva) – The International Trade Centre (ITC) today unveiled Sustainability Map a new online gateway connecting businesses and producers that will help pave the way towards more sustainable trade. ITC launched the innovative tool during the second day of the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum, held in Geneva, Switzerland on 25-27 September. T4DF Forum Programme_Final A freely available online platform, Sustainability Map offers users access to wide-ranging information related to sustainability initiatives and standards, allowing businesses