Human rights

Using sustainability certification to improve mining standards

A recent study finds that sustainability standards can add value to the mining and minerals sector.

Fair Trade USA’s Agricultural Production Standard Open for Public Consultation

We invite you to provide feedback on our revised draft Standard during the public comment phase which runs through July and August, concluding on August 31, 2016. The consultation documents are available in English and Spanish. In particular, we encourage you to review and provide feedback on the consultation questions which are integrated into the draft Standard and highlighted in our public comment form.

Can certification be the “80% tool” for reducing deforestation?

At the Global Sustainability Standards Conference last month, we held a well-attended session on standards’ role in implementing zero deforestation commitments. Here’s a recap of what you missed.

18 Living wage benchmarks underway, criteria to be embedded in standards

With 18 benchmarks in progress and 20 researchers already trained, the group of six standards systems is getting set up to further integrate living wage into their respective standards. More companies and government partners are sought to support the development of benchmarks and to use them in wage dialogues.

Businesses called upon to implement UN FAB Principles

In September of this year at the United Nations in New York, the Food and Agriculture Business (FAB) Principles were launched to drive momentum for responsible agribusiness globally and contribute to the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
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