The Colombian National Platform is coordinated by the Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and Certification (ICONTEC), the only Standardization Body in Colombia and advisor to the national government, representative for Colombia to the international standardization bodies such as ISO, IEC, COPANT and support of the national government in the negotiating groups for the Andean Community, FTAA among others. ICONTEC has more than 50 years of experience in the promotion, development and support in the application of Colombian and international technical and sustainability standards, contributing to competitiveness, quality improvement, sustainable development and commercial relations.
The National Platform for Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) will serve as a mechanism to strengthen the capacities of public and private entities in Colombia in terms of sustainability, being an initiative that will contribute to the Colombian Strategy for the Implementation of the SDGs (CONPES 3918).
The launch of the Colombian platform will take place in 2021, which will have the participation of entities of the National Government, the UNFSS and interested parties of the Colombian agri-food sector.
Steering Committee is led by the Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and Certification (ICONTEC)
Multi-Stakeholder Committee integrated by:
National standardization bodies
Representatives from private sector industries
Activities on VSS
Networking with multiple stakeholders in the dissemination of VSS
Raise awareness on Colombian’s sustainability prospects and their advancement in the light of VSS implementation
Contribute to develop international research about benefits and impacts of VSS in Colombian agri-food sector
Subdirector of Standardization
6078888 Ext. 1411
Website of the Colombian National Platform
Revista Normas y Calidad – Page 28
Case Study – Impacts of Voluntary Sustainability Standards in Colombian Avocado Hass Industry (UNCTAD/IISD/ICONTEC)