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Making Sustainability Standards Work for Those Most in Need, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event date(s): 
16 June, 2012 - 11:00 - 12:30

If sustainability was a business, how would it be run?

With six years in development and global field testing, the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) launches its first global report looking at what standards and certifications are actually achieving.


June 16th 2012, 11:00am to 12:30pm

Where :

Windsor Barra Hotel & Congress
Room Alhambra # 2
Avenida Lucio Costa, 2630 - Barra da Tijuca
Rio De Janeiro, Brasil

Every month, billions of dollars of products are traded with certifications that are considered as proxies for being sustainable. As the market value and importance of these voluntary sustainability standards grows, it is increasingly important to ensure that the environment and those most in need, namely the rural poor across the developing world, are positively impacted by the market transition towards “sustainability”. The panel session will provide:

  1. A summary overview of the finding of new global-scale impact research on sustainability and private voluntary standards
  2. New ways to use this practical application in farming, supply chains, projects, or policy-making
  3. Insights into what some of the more innovative policy makers, foundations, and private companies are doing to ensure that the rural poor can benefit from the opportunity presented by growing markets for sustainable products.

The objective of the panel is to build understanding and collaboration for the launch of a global, shared approach to practical impact assessment of sustainability initiatives. The event launches the innovative participatory indicators developed over six years by the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA).

The Panel is convened by the Swiss Federal Government (Secretariat for Economic Cooperation) and the ENTWINED International Research Consortium with support from the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Equiterre.