Current partners and beneficiaries of the Forum comprise of the public sector, private sector, national standards bodies, producer/export associations, representatives of SMEs, academia, and other relevant civil society and NGOs.

UNFSS operations has previously been supported by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Our connections with institutions active in the standards landscape guarantee that we can share information, learn lessons and find the best solutions to the challenges posed by Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS).


International Standards Body/ International Institution

   International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

   United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

  ISEAL Alliance (association of international standards-setting bodies)


National Standards Body /Government

  Quality Council of India (QCI)

  Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO)

  Standardization Administration of China (SAC)

  Sociedad Mexicana de Normalización y Certificación S.C. (NORMEX)

  South African Bureau of Standards

  National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN)


Other Stakeholders

  German Development Institute (DIE)

  European University Institute (EUI)

  International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

  Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL

  Sustainable Commodities Initiative (SCI)

  Representatives of SMEs ( the UNFSS works with partners to provide SMEs with the support they require for compliance with VSS and assist them for market access)

  Exporters, producers and consumer associations


  Civil Society and NGOs