Reaching 10 to 15 percent of global production under certification in commodities such as coffee, timber and wild capture fisheries has attracted the attention of major buyers. Many are using ISEAL member standards to transform their supply chains. Recent commitments from several major corporations in coffee and cocoa, for example, have the potential to lift millions of small producers out of extreme poverty. Moving to the next 10 to 30 percent of world production cannot be done using last generation business models. Without streamlining and strengthening the best-in-class systems to reduce costs and increase access for small producers, the standards movement will not be able to meet the challenge.
In partnership with Hivos, ISEAL is working with its members to give guidance on new producer group models that our members have not previously engaged with, or are just starting to engage with. Group certification can reduce auditing costs and administrative burdens. Some ISEAL members are working together to harmonise procedures and improve their processes for certifying groups. Members are also testing ways they can lower the cost of multiple certifications, including performing joint audits so as to further reduce expenses for the small producer.
This project is supported by Hivos