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

  American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International

  ISEAL Alliance (association of international standards-setting bodies)

   International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

   United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


National Standards Body /Government

  National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN)

  CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)

Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and Certification (ICONTEC)

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

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

  Quality Council of India (QCI)

  South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)

  Standardization Administration of China (SAC)


Other Stakeholders

  Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA)

  German Development Institute (DIE)

  European University Institute (EUI)

  Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

  International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

  Leuven Centre for Global Governance (University of Leuven)

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE)

  Sustainable Commodities Initiative (SCI)

  The Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VIETRADE)

Voluntary Sustainability Standards Systems

  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