Specialising in sustainability, standards and certification.
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Voluntary Environmental and Social Standards and Footprint Reduction 2013- 2014
This project was led by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and contributes to the Swiss federal government’s Green Economy Action Plan to create a more sustainable national economy. The objective of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) to better understand how to reduce the negative environmental, social and economic impacts associated with the extraction, sourcing and production practices of 13 selected commodities (bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, fish, palm oil, paper, soybean oil, strawberries, sugar cane, tea, tomatoes and wood). Twenty-two standards across four categories: voluntary sustainability standards; industry platform/ trade association; corporate standards; and governmental were evaluated.