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15/06/2018
Responsible Business Practices in the Indian Palm Oil Sector
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This 2014 report, prepared by Centre for Responsible Business with the support of ISEAL, analyses the landscape for the import and use of sustainable palm oil in India, looking at major drivers for and gaps in domestic demand.The report explores the reasons behind the low uptake of sustainable palm oil in India, the world's largest importer and consumer of the edible oil. It makes recommendations for Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and ISEAL on strategies they can use, as well as potential solutions, for supporting Indian companies to take greater sustainability leadership in the palm oil sector.
07/12/2017
Findings of globescan survey on sustainability standards
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29/11/2017
Webinar: Business benefits of sustainability standards
What is the business value of using sustainability standards? How do these benefits differ for businesses along the supply chain? In this webinar, Kristin Komives, Impacts Director at ISEAL shares insights from a research report commissioned by ISEAL on the business benefits of using sustainability standards.
19/10/2017
Research Webinar 20: Added value of certification for farmers in delivering more sustainable farming
Research webinar with Matt Reed from the Countryside and Community Research Institute on the added value of certification for farmers in delivering more sustainable farming. The focus of this webinar, presented on 19th October, is a recent report on the added value that LEAF Marque certification provides to farmers who are members of the system. It investigates the system’s influence on business benefits, such as savings and access to markets, improvements in the farmed environment and control of risks to the farm's operation. It also looks at how certification had impacted on management information, peer networking, contact with customers and other business people.
20/04/2017
Research Webinar 13: Benefits of eco-labelling in developing countries
Research webinar with Anna Carlson on the benefits of eco-labelling in developing countries. Eco-labelling (or environmental certification) is often promoted as a regulatory instrument capable of incentivizing sustainable resource use, even in the absence of stringent government environmental regulations. This webinar held on 20th April 2017, presents meta-synthesis research assessing the type and extent of producer benefits reported in case studies of forestry and marine certification, in developing countries, and whether these benefits can justify the cost of certification. Types of benefits studied range from price premiums and market access to less tangible benefits such as learning, governance, community empowerment, and reputational benefits.
08/09/2016
Research webinar 6: The true price of production of cocoa, coffee, tea and cotton and the role of certified products
This webinar looks at the invisible costs involved in the production of soft commodities cocoa, coffee, tea and cotton. It includes interesting insights on what differentiates certified products from conventional products. The production of soft commodities cocoa, coffee, tea and cotton leads to societal costs, such as underpayment of workers and soil degradation. One of the barriers for farmers, traders, retailers and consumers to reduce those costs is that they are invisible. Together with IDH (Sustainable Trade Initiative) True Price, a social enterprise specialized in impact measurement and valuation, has calculated the external costs of producing these commodities. During this webinar, presented on Thursday 8th September 2016, the key results and findings of this study will be presented. These include interesting insights on what differentiates certified products from conventional products and how this type of research can contribute to making global commodity supply chains more sustainable.
02/06/2016
Research webinar 4: Market standards and ecosystem services
This webinar highlights results of a number of desk-studies on the potential costs and benefits of certified production of resources like soya, palm oil, cacao and tropical wood. Producing resources according to international market standards holds the promise of delivering several benefits to society, and part of these benefits may be provided by natural capital. The aim of the constructed cost-benefit analyses was to not only take financial aspects for the producer into account, but also the societal costs and benefits of making better use of ecosystems in the production landscape that deliver so-called ecosystem services to society. The modelled results show that there are several potential benefits of ecosystem services for different stakeholders, and at different spatial levels. However, the financial returns for producers are often modest or even absent. So there is a need for complementary governance options for better capturing the values of ecosystem services. Standard systems can aim at better protecting valuable ecosystem services by more explicitly addressing ecosystem services in their criteria, and setting up monitoring systems for measuring their impacts on ecosystem services and their societal values.