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Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification

A 12-member Steering Committee composed of international business and civil society leaders and academic experts released this state-of-knowledge assessment that describes what is known and what is most important to learn about the performance and potential of voluntary standards and certification. The Rainforest Alliance, ISEAL Alliance, RESOLVE, and the Soil Association were among the NGOs that participated in the process. The authors sought to determine if certified products are better for the environment and communities, if they can they catalyze more sustainable production and consumption across whole sectors, and under what circumstances they promote sustainable practices.

Forest canopy - photo by Sergio Izquierdo

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