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SSI, State of Sustainability Initiatives

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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.


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+1 (204) 958 7700
+41 22 917 8683
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WINNIPEG, CANADA (HEAD OFFICE) 111 Lombard Avenue, Suite 325 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3B 0T4 GENEVA OFFICE International Environment House 2 9 chemin de Balexert, 1219 Châtelaine Geneva, Switzerland
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Title Author(s) Publisher Publication Year Abstract
standards and biodiversity


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Jason Potts, Vivek Voora, Matthew Lynch, Aynur Mammadova SSI, State of Sustainability Initiatives 2017 The Standards and Biodiversity Report analyzes the relationship between biodiversity and 15 voluntary sustainability standards. The report is the first to apply the Biodiversity Impact Indicators for Commodity Production (BIICP) developed under the guidance of the Convention on Biological Diversity...


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  • Jason Potts

    IISD, International Institute for Sustainable Development, SSI, State of Sustainability Initiatives

    Position: Senior Associate

    Working languages: English

    Skill Specialization: Market Analysis, Trade Information, Value Chain Analysis

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  • Aynur Mammadova

    IISD, International Institute for Sustainable Development, SSI, State of Sustainability Initiatives

    Position: Consultant

    Working languages: English

    Skill Specialization: Communications, Market Research - Online Information Retrieval

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