Voluntary Sustainability Standards have the potential to generate significant environmental, economic and social benefits in developing countries. But decision makers in developing countries often say they have problems with Voluntary Sustainability Standards because:
they can’t find credible standards
compliance is costly
small-scale producers risk being left out
standards are not harmonized causing unnecessary multiplication
The United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) was created to respond to these challenges.
It supports decision makers in developing countries find the right information on Voluntary Sustainability Standards, as well as share their experiences and get technical help.
UNFSS is a neutral, independent and credible forum that supports pro-poor sustainable development objectives, and helps developing countries get access to global markets as the economic, social and environmental impacts of production and consumption play an increasingly important role in shaping consumer choices.