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  • ISCC, International Sustainability & Carbon Certification

    • ISCC is a solution provider for sustainable and deforestation free supply chains. It is a leading and globally applicable certification system for all kinds of agricultural and forestry feedstocks and renewables. Independent third party certification ensures compliance with high ecological and social sustainability requirements, greenhouse gas emissions savings and traceability throughout the supply chain. ISCC is applicable for various markets including the food and feed market, the bioenergy sector and the chemical market. Since its start of operation in 2010, over 14,000 certificates in more than 100 countries have been issued.Website:
  • Chocothon

    • The CHOCOTHON initiative aims to empower and connect cocoa farmers and create new opportunities for them and other value chain stakeholders in cocoa production and to reduce supply disruption risks. Joining together the words ‘chocolate’ and ‘hackathon,’ Chocothon Ghana gathered computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers to collaborate intensively on software innovation projects to reduce sustainability challenges. The first edition of Chocothon was launched in Ghana to promote a shared-value platform for sustainable cocoa supply chains. Chocothon’s first edition programme was delivered in three phases:  Share knowledge: Conferences, workshops and meetings to allow the exchange of ideas, identification of challenges as well as the coordination of development and implementation of solutions that will benefit the platform members. Connect stakeholders: ‘Hackathon’ type event bringing together actors using cutting edge technology to develop global public online tools and offline solutions such as applications that tackle obstacles to connecting upstream to downstream actors in the cocoa supply chain.Empower producer: Tailored made trainings delivered and tools presented to cocoa producers according to their technical needs to implement sustainable practices in the cocoa production and trading activities. Based on the imperative that ‘true impact’ is only achieved through consensus, compromise and cooperation, this initiative is based on a partnership between the Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) project of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Google Food Lab (GFL), Business School Lausanne (BSL), Future Food Institute and the Crowdfooding platform. The knowledge partners are Googlers Give Global Leadership Program, Google Accra, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and the Media partners: Food Inspiration and Food Tech Connect. 
  • SSI, State of Sustainability Initiatives

    • The State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) reports on the characteristics, performance and market trends of sustainability initiatives. Our research is backed by an internationally recognized and participatory reporting process. The SSI Review offers supply chain decision-makers — including procurement agents, investment advisors, CEOs, policy-makers, sustainability initiatives and NGOs — with high-level data and analysis needed to navigate the increasingly complex world of sustainability standards.Over the last two decades a growing number of voluntary sustainability initiatives and other multistakeholder alliances have emerged to improve the livelihoods of the millions of commodity dependant producers and manufacturers around the world. The multiplicity of these initiatives makes it increasingly challenging for stakeholders to stay informed on their utility, performance and best practices. The State of Sustainability Initiatives (SSI) project is a product of multi-stakeholder meetings (2003-2006) on sustainable commodities production and trade, facilitated by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) under the auspices of the Sustainable Commodity Initiative (SCI). Building on requests for improved information on the impacts and opportunities associated with Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives (VSIs), the SCI, through a special partnership with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Aid environment, launched the SSI project in 2008. 
  • GRAS Global Risk Assessment Services GmbH

    • GRAS – Global Risk Assessment Services GRAS provides reliable information on ecological and social risks related to biomass of agricultural or forestry origin. It supports companies in setting up sustainable supply chains. GRAS directly supports auditors carrying out sustainability certifications and is an important information source for companies in several sectors interested in assessing the sustainability of their biomass supplies. GRAS provides latest and comprehensive information on biodiversity, carbon stock, land use change (LUC) and social indices. The tool is tailored to sustainability requirements set by authorities, commercial customers and NGOs’. GRAS covers the sustainability criteria set up by the European Commission in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and sustainability requirements of individual companies and associations in the food, feed and chemical sector. GRAS is designed to conduct objective and transparent risk assessments for production areas or regionsidentify land use change i.e. the conversion of forest or grassland into agricultural crop landview protected and biodiverse areas as well as their strictness of protection and determine their distance to or overlap with production areasidentify high carbon stock areas and get information about the total carbon content of an areaget information about the social situation in a country regarding human rights and governance conditionsdocument the results of your analysis in a report
  • CGF, The Consumer Goods Forum

    • The Consumer Goods Forum (“CGF”) is a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. 
  • PAN UK, Pesticide Action Network UK

    • Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) is the only UK charity focused on tackling the problems caused by pesticides and promoting safe and sustainable alternatives to pesticides in agriculture, urban areas, homes and gardens.   Our work includes campaigning for change in policy and practices at home and overseas, co-ordinating projects in the developing world which help smallholder farming communities escape ill-health and poverty caused by pesticides, and contributing our wealth of scientific and technical expertise to the work of other organisations who share our aims. PAN UK believes it is possible to: eliminate the use of hazardous pesticides, to reduce dependence on pesticides and toincrease the use of sustainable alternatives to chemical pest control in agriculture, urban areas, public health and homes and gardens.
  • UNECE, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

    • The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe promotes sustainable trade and economic collaboration between countries through the development of voluntary recommendations and standards in many different areas. Since the early 1950s, UNECE’s Agricultural Quality Standards define minimum quality criteria (such as the condition of the produce, sizing, or labelling requirements) for the international trade of over 120 different fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, nuts, meat, eggs, cut flowers and seed potatoes.  The standards are today used worldwide. Public authorities often base their compulsory national or regional legislation on them and check inbound or outbound consignments against the standards.  Traders and retailers cite UNECE standards in commercial contracts or design their product quality requirements based on them. The standards have become guidance tools for all actors in the supply chain – buyers, sellers as well as producers all the way to individual farmers. UNECE standards have not only become a common trading language which provides producers and traders with an indication of what is in demand, acceptable and tradeable in international markets, they also contribute to sustainable agricultural practices and lasting trade relations.  UNECE’s team and specialists have trained over 1600 participants and trainers in the use of the standards, their scope and the related inspection procedures. For more information on UNECEs work on Agricultural Quality Standards, see:  
  • REDEXPERÚ, Network Support for Foreign Trade (Coordinator)

    • We are REDEXPerú, the Network Support for Foreign Trade, a meeting and participation space of various entities which are involved in providing you with a Business Development Service (BDS) under a common challenge: improving your ability as a businessperson or producer, so that your products can compete in the national and international market. In order to do this, through the Network, user needs are identified. Then, the Network designs and adapts its services provided and evaluates and certifies the quality of delivery. All of this under a competitive and sustainable approach. REDEXPerú provides specialized consulting services to producers and companies to identify at which point in the production chain they are. According to their needs, the Network offers to the companies various options for business services.Expertise in Sustainability: Business Management, Certification, Financial Management, Food Processing, Marketing & Trade, Organizational Development, Quality Management, Value Chains.
  • Canopy Bridge

    • Canopy Bridge is a sourcing network connecting businesses, producer associations and community groups buying and selling natural products that aim to contribute to improved livelihoods, social empowerment and healthy ecosystems. Our Mission is to help these businesses and individuals thrive by making discovery and relationship building easy and transparent through our various services. Through our free, on-line directory and by providing customized sourcing services and information to clients, we aim to make transactions and sourcing decisions more transparent and fair, bypassing unnecessary intermediaries. By encompassing a full array of natural products and sustainability measures and standards, we work to leverage the power of markets to build healthy farms, protect forests, and lift communities out of poverty.
  • Swisscontact, Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

    • Swisscontact is a business-oriented independent foundation for international development cooperation and works in 30 countries implementing over 100 projects. It focus on the areas of skills development, SME promotion, financial services, and resource efficiency to promote economic, social and environmental development by successfully integrating people into local economic life. For more than 50 years Swisscontact has been creating ideal conditions for entrepreneurship in structurally-challenged regions. Swisscontact promotes the organisation of functioning market-based systems and the creation of basic economic conditions, thereby improving the competitiveness of local businesses. Sustainability is an important factor: without being the driving force, Swisscontact places local actors in positions that allows them to achieve broad-based economic development on an independent basis. To support self-sufficiency, Swisscontact provides technical and business training to local actors in the private and public sector.Swisscontact seeks for topical innovation, quality and effectiveness of the developed and implemented methods and approaches, as well as external networking and communication. Focal points and working groups in each area of work are the main resources to assure the expertise development and sharing. Wide practical experience and knowledge has been developed in the value chains of cocoa and tourism. Additional value chains of work are coffee, banana, honey, fruits, vegetables, ginger, dairy, pork, fish, chili peppers, cashew nuts, maize and handicrafts, among others.