What are Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS)
Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) are special rules that guarantee that the products you buy don't hurt the environment and the people that make them. The number of these standards has grown recently and they can now help build a new, greener economy.
United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS)
UNFSS is initiated by five UN agencies: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Trade Centre (ITC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Environment Programme (UN Environment), and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
INDIAN NATIONAL PLATFORM ON PRIVATE SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS
The India National Platform on Private Sustainability Standards has been initiated under the Secretarial oversight of Quality Council of India (QCI) to facilitate dialogue between core public and private stakeholders on how to maximize the sustainable development benefits and market access opportunities of private sustainability standards (PSS), whilst addressing potential challenges and cost of PSS implementation, in particular for small-scale producers.
The State of Sustainable Markets 2019: Statistics and Emerging Trends
This fourth global report provides new insights into the evolution of certified agriculture and forestry. ITC has teamed up once again with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture and the International Institute for Sustainable Development to provide data about 14 major sustainability standards for bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, oil palm, soybeans, sugarcane, tea and forestry products. This report helps shape decisions of policymakers, producers and businesses, working to address systemic labour and environmental challenges through certified sustainable production.
Unlocking the potential of Sustainability Standards in South Africa to achieve Sustainable Bioeconomy
South African Initiative on Voluntary Sustainability Standards – Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Sustainable Development and Bio-economy, will be held in Sheraton Pretoria Hotel on November 6-7, 2019
Trade for Sustainable Development Forum 2019
Now in its sixth year, the annual Trade for Sustainable Development Forum is one of the leading global events focused on major trends in sustainable value chains and voluntary sustainability standards. Organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC), the T4SD Forum will again take place in conjunction with the WTO Public Forum, from 7-9 October.
2nd International Convention on Sustainable Trade and Standards
The 2nd ICSTS aims to advance multi-stakeholder dialogues on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) as an avenue to improve the transparency of VSS, foster greater partnerships between trading partners towards achieving sustainable global value chains, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.